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From the Baker’s Corner

March 28, 2014

Spring is here, although in Maryland you wouldn’t know it from the way old man winter is still hanging on with his icy grip. Easter is also fast approaching, and if you’re looking for a simple but tasty dessert to serve up at your holiday gathering, or just want something sweet that isn’t your typical chocolate fare, try what I call the Dream Cake, also known as a Pig Pickin’ Cake, a Sunshine Cake or a Delight Cake. Not much is known about the history of this cake, but it is a favorite at summer barbeques, especially in the South. I’ve made this a few times and it always turns out to be a hit, mainly because it’s light, moist and the combination of pineapple and mandarin oranges pleases a lot of palates.

Dream Cake/Pig Pickin Cake/Delight Cake


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One regular size box of yellow cake mix
  • One 3.4 ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • One 11 ounce cans of mandarin oranges, drained
  • One cup chopped walnuts (I opt out of these, but many similar recipes call for them)
  • One 15 ounce can of crushed pineapple
  • One 16 ounce container whipped topping, thawed
  • One cup of shredded coconut, thawed (again, you can opt out of this)

To prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 8-inch or 9-inch pans.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions with the addition of mandarin oranges and nuts. Pour into pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. To make the filling: In a large bowl, combine crushed pineapple with juice, coconut and pudding mix. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread between cooled cake layers. Chill in refrigerator for about 1-2 hours and serve cold.

You can also make this as a dump cake using pound cake or angel food cake, Cut the cake into slices and layer in a 13×9 pan. Spread one layer of the whipped topping, then add the mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple (drained first), and coconut and nuts if you wish. Repeat once more, chill and then all you’ll need to do is to get a big spoon and scoop out your desired serving.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2014 4:04 pm

    Okay I am trying to make this. Question: do you prepare the pudding, or just pour the pudding powder mix into the coconut and pineapple? I am a horrible baker. I want to get it right.

    • April 19, 2014 10:39 pm

      I told Bree that you had a question, so she’ll let you know at some point. Although with it being Easter weekend, not sure how busy she is. 🙂


      • April 21, 2014 8:36 pm

        Oh thanks Shannon! What I ended up doing was NOT making the pudding and just dumping it in and wow. It came out amazing. This cake was really really really good. The only thing I did that sort of ruined it was to put a bunch of jelly beans on top as a decoration. No one likes jelly beans at my house, but everyone respected the fact that they looked cool.

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