What Is Pig Pickin’ Cake?

After years of eating my way through cake walks, potlucks, bake sales, and every diner, bakery, and dessert shop I come across, it’s rare for me to be surprised by a cake.

After years of eating my way through cake walks, potlucks, bake sales, and every diner, bakery, and dessert shop I come across, it’s rare for me to be surprised by a cake. Yet, while working on a story about the lunch served up in the basement of the First United Methodist Church during the High Point Furniture Market, I came across a kind of cake I had never heard of before. Amid the red velvet, coconut, carrot, and chocolate cakes put out for the hungry diners, there was one variety that surprised me —Pig Pickin’ Cake. Somehow in all my years of eating cake, I had missed that one. Thanks to the Internet, an old church cookbook, and a quick trip to the grocery store, that was rectified later that afternoon with a giant slice of cake and an equally big smile on my cake-eating face. Turns out that I was not slacking in my cake eating, but simply had eaten Pig Pickin’ Cake by another name. The version I had was called Sunshine Cake due to its summery feel. According to Eater, it also goes by names like Mandarin Orange Cake, Pea Pickin’ Cake, and Orange Pineapple Cake, although clearly Pig Pickin’ Cake is the superior name.