Ree Drummond has the perfect make-ahead dessert for your next potluck or barbecue and it couldn’t be easier. leading lady Star’s Pig Pickin’ Cake uses a few easy shortcuts, starting with a cake mix that’s upgraded with mandarin oranges and a delicious cream cheese frosting that includes crushed pineapple.
Ree Drummond shared her ‘pig cake’ in an old ‘Pioneer Woman’ blog post
Drummond shared her recipe for something called “Pig Cake” in a 2011 blog post on her Pioneer Woman website. “A classic potluck cake that’s even more delicious if you make it the night before,” promises Post.
“I’m in a potluck mood lately. I can’t explain it,” she wrote. “I don’t know if it’s that we haven’t had a potluck meal at our church for a while… or that I’m having potluck Miss all the weird and wonderful and hot foods on the table…”
Drummond continued, “I also know: I love this cake. I don’t know why it’s called Pig Cake. And I really don’t care. All I know is it’s a fabulous potluck classic Which I’ve seen (and ate with passion) over and over again in my entire life.
“I have generations of church women in front of me to thank,” leading lady Star added.
Ree Drummond Shows How to Make Her Easy Pig Pickin’ Cake
Drummond shows how to make a fruity cake leading lady Cooking Show, Only She Now Calls It Pig Pickin’ Cakes, “inspired by the new college rivalry between my two daughters.”
This is an easy cake to whip up because Drummond uses a boxed cake mix as a quick shortcut. She put the cake mix in her mixer with a stick of softened butter, then drizzled in the syrup from a can of mandarin oranges while the mixer was running on slow speed.
“Mandarin oranges figure prominently in Pig Pickin Cakes,” she explained. “The cake mix is so easy to use and in fact this cake is so delicious you won’t even know you didn’t make the cake from scratch.”
Next, she added eggs, explaining, “This is a great cake to take to the barbecue—in fact, that’s where it got its name. And it’s great for potluck, too.”
She added vanilla and then stirred the cake batter for four minutes until light and fluffy. Finally, he poured the mandarin oranges from the can, mixing the batter to break the oranges into pieces.
She poured the cake batter into a greased skillet and baked it in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. After baking, she put it to cool for an hour.
‘The Pioneer Woman’ star gives simple cream cheese frosting a fruity upgrade
After the cake cooled, Drummond took it out on a platter and created a cream cheese frosting, which she kicked up a notch with a fruit.
“A Pig Pickin’ Cake needs a delicious frosting and this is just one,” she said, as she added the softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar to the mixer, then mixing it until smooth. After transferring the cream cheese and sugar mixture to a bowl, she added the vanilla extract and cold heavy cream in the mixer for two minutes, beating until soft peaks form.
She whisked the cream cheese mixture back into the cream and whipped everything for another three minutes until stiff peaks formed, then folded in the dry crushed pineapple and spread the “heavenly frosting” over the cake. Just before serving, she decorated the cake with mandarin oranges.
You can find the full recipe on the Food Network website.
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