I ran across this cake several months ago on a blog called The Country Cook and I have been waiting for the perfect time to try it. It was going to be my birthday cake but Mr. LH decided he was going to take care of my cake instead. So once the birthday cake was consumed, I set out to make this one. I had waited long enough.
The cake is called Pea-Pickin' Cake, though if you're from the south (as I am), it would be called a Pig Pickin' Cake. I have no idea how it got it's name, but this is the closest explanation I could find:
In the south, people have pig pickin's - a pot luck gathering of folks where the main dish is a) a whole pig roasting on a spit where people will simply go up to it and "pick" off some meat for their plate, or b) a "whole mess" of pork barbecue. One of the desserts often taken to the pig pickin' is this cake. Some people say the light flavor of the cake goes well with the pork. The only connection I could find between the Pig Pickin' Cake and the Pea Pickin' Cake is the word "pig", possibly pronounced "peeg" in some parts of the south and mistaken somewhere along the way as "pea".
Regardless of where it's unusual name came from, the cake is very easy to make, starting with a boxed cake mix, and tastes absolutely wonderful! The mandarin oranges in the batter and the chunks of pineapple in the icing really made the cake stand out from others. The "Pickles" said this one was a definite "keeper". You can get the recipe from The Country Cook.