My favorite cake is a wonderful thing. I adore it so. My auntie who is such a great cook came up with the recipe one million years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth and I was maybe a teen. She's not a restaurant style cook, she is one of those fabulous church ladies who show their love through food. I've been told that she makes the best chicken n' dumplings on the planet, but I don't much care for chicken and dumpllngs, so I don't have much frame of reference.
Anyway, she brought this cake to some family function or other and ever since then it has been my favorite cake, I sometimes make it for my birthday. I thought I'd share with you. I'm guessing the recipe probably originally came from Kraft foods, due to how many of their products are included.
Pig Pickin' Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil (I use vegetable)
1 can mandarin oranges
1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans
Mix all of these ingredients together (including juice from mandarin oranges!) and spread between 3 cake pans. Bake @ 350F for 30-35 minutes. Let layers cool. Then frost with:
1 large container of cool whip
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 can crushed pineapple
Throw all of these ingredients into a bowl and mix (including pineapple juice) then spread on cooled cake. Refrigerate cake.
I managed to give most of my cake away, so I didn't have to eat it until I was sick of it. Since Sparks doesn't like it, that leaves a lot for me to eat.