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Pig Pickin' Cake (Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Whipped Cream Frosting)

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

The traditional recipe for Pig Pickin' Cake calls for boxed yellow cake mix, mandarin oranges, instant vanilla pudding, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip. This version makes the cake and the whipped cream from scratch for a super moist and slighty less pre-fab version.

The cake is adapted from Lauren Weisenthal's Yellow Birthday Cake recipe. Because the recipe calls for the addition of mandarin oranges, there's no need for the soaking syrup used in Weisenthal's original recipe. You must use instant pudding in the frosting. If you add cook and serve pudding, you'll end up with a big mess.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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