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Mandarin Orange Cake is a classic, delicious cake and makes a wonderful dessert for any holiday meal. This cake is also called “Pig Pickin’ Cake or Pig Lickin’ Cake” in the South. An easy summertime dessert to serve family and guests. My family loves this cake and it is one you will make over and over again. This is a great cake to make for Mom for Mother’s Day, too.

This beautiful made-from-scratch Mandarin Orange Cake is easy to make, especially with the help of little hands. It’s a fresh twist on an old classic – Mandarin Cake made without Cool Whip or boxed cake mix.

The Southern version of this mandarin cake recipe is often referred to as a pig pickin’ cake. Whatever you want to call it, it’s just a fresh, flavorful, beautiful cake.

You may have grown up calling it Pig Pickin Cake. Everyone who tries this cake needs the recipe and then is shocked by how few ingredients you need to make it.

You only need SEVEN ingredients to make this orange pineapple cake, and that includes the frosting!

This is a classic cake recipe that lots of you grew up eating and loving at family gatherings, church picnics, and back yard BBQs. I got this recipe from my neighbor and fell in love immediately.

Anywhere she takes this cake people need the recipe. And for good reason. It is moist, packed with flavor, and best of all it is super easy to throw together


 1 egg
 2 egg yolks
 200 grams of sugar
 100 grams of butter
 2 tangerines
 1 yogurt
 250 grams of flour
 1 tablespoon baking powder
 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
 Olive oil


1. Wash the tangerines, dry them and grate the skin to obtain 2 tablespoons and squeeze them.  Break the egg into a large bowl.  Add the egg yolks and sugar and beat until you get a whitish mixture.
2. Add the melted butter, the juice and the zest of the tangerines and stir.  Add the sifted flour together with the yeast.  Finally, add the yogurt and mix.
3. Grease a mold with a little oil, pour the previous dough and cook in a preheated oven at 190º for 35 minutes.  Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.  Take it out of the mold and sprinkle it with the icing sugar.