There is something satisfying about watching other people enjoy food you prepared with your own two hands. Even if those hands are poorly manicured with chipped polish. When stuffed husband gobbles down a meal I’ve made I know that he is truely enjoying something I have made. Pig cake is one of those meals. Well really it’s a dessert but in our house it often becomes a meal by default. Hi I’m Hungry Wife and I am a dessert-aholic.
Pig cake is a cinch to make and will impress everyone you know. Here is what you’ll need…
For your cake you will need:
1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix
1 stick Margarine (softened)
1 can (14 Oz. Can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 Cup Juice Reserved
4 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
For the frosting you will need:
1 package (4 Oz. Box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1 can (20 Oz. Can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved
½ cups Powdered Sugar
4 ounces, fluid Frozen Whipped Topping (such As Cool Whip)
Extra Mandarin Orange Slices, For Garnish
Start out by pre-heating your oven at 350 ºF. Then, place the cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup of mandarin juice, eggs, and vanilla. Mix em up good.
Let the mixer do it’s thang for 4 minutes on medium high. Your mixture will be light and fluffy. After this, dump in the mandarin slices and mix it again until they break up into small pieces. Then eat one heaping spoonful of the mixture for good measure, or self satisfaction. It doesn’t really matter which.
Next, grease up a pan.
Pour your batter into the dish and pop into the hot oven for about 25 minutes, give or take a few. This is a two-layer cake so you will repeat this step once the first layer is done. Or if you’re cooler than me and have two square pans, bake ’em both at the same time.
While your cakes bake and cool, let’s whip up this oh-so-yummy frosting. It’s the star of the cake no doubt. Start by dumping your pudding mixture into your cleaned mixer. Add the juice from your can of crushed pinnapples and mix it on medium high for about 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and mix for another minute. You want a creamy texture.
Next dump in half of your tub of cool whip. I used cool whip lite because I am health-conscious. But only when it doesn’t effect the taste of my food. So basically hardly ever. Whip this up until it is combined, light, and delicious. Stir in the crushed pinapple by hand last.
Make sure your first layer has cooled thoroughly.
I love my crawfish dish. Anywho, go ahead and frost this layer.
Then plop your second layer on top and repeat the frosting process.
Cut yo’self a nice lil slice for all your hardwork in the kitchen. Top it off with a mandarin slice because it looks purrty and then consume it.
This is how much cake disappeared within two days at our house…
Delicious! Make this cake soon. You will be so glad you did.
Peace, love, and crushed pineapple–
The Hungry Wife