Monday, February 7, 2011

Maybe We Can Lure Spring In With a Yummy Cake!

It was a gray and dreary day here today...and I've been longing for sunshine and shorts, and the warmth to get into my car, put the top down and go for a ride with the warm breeze in my hair.
Suddenly, into my head popped a vision of a light, bright, airy and delicious cake that my mom-in-law made the first time she and I met.
It's called "Pea Pickin' Cake" and reminds me so much of warm days surrounded by family. Best of all, it's super easy!
*This is the recipe as she wrote it down for me...I don't have exact measurements of cans or product sizes, but whenever I make it, I just grab what looks right and it comes out yummy!!

1 yellow cake mix
1 small can mandarin oranges with juice
4 eggs
1/2 cup cooking oil

Beat all ingredients together until well blended, Use 3 greased and floured cake pans.
Bake in 350 degree oven about 25 minutes or until center of cake springs back when touched.

1 large cool whip
1 large can crushed pineapple with juice
1 small box instant vanilla pudding

Combine pineapples and juice with the pudding mix. Fold into cool whip. Spread between layers and on top of cooled cake. Refrigerate overnight.


  1. Thanks so much for linking to This Week's Cravings. The cake looks great! (Don't forget to add a link in your post to the linking party) We'd appreciate it very much!

  2. THANKS A MILLION! Love the button! Thanks so much, make sure to come back next week and add another link to the new theme!

  3. Hi Michele,
    Your cake looks so delicious with all that yummy frosting. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

  4. I have looked over your recipes, they are so yummy sounding, I am going to try several. I like that you have sensible, healthy recipes, and then some goodies too. I like to have something over the top on Sundays. Thanks for the great recipes. I want to thank you for encouraging people with disabilities to embrace life, my brother was on a wheelchair most of his life from Muscular Dystrophy, and accomplished many great things. He has since passed on, but I was so proud of him for inspiring others.
    Please stop by and visit my blog sometime.

  5. Yum! You're recipe looks great. I'm looking forward to days of sunshine and shorts also! I love winter, but ready for Spring!
    I've enjoyed reading your blog. Your profile is very inspiring! Kudos to you for helping and encouraging others with a disability!
    You have a new follower!

  6. I love fruity cakes, great idea to add the fruit! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  7. My Momma makes this cake too and we call it Mandarin Orange Cake. It's a favorite 'round these parts. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Michele,
    I am so glad to see that you brought your wonderful "Spring" cake today, I am hoping it will bring us some sunshine. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  9. I don't know if we can, but lets try, I love spring! Your cake is full of great flavors, I love mandarin oranges in anything. Thanks.

  10. I think you may have a good chance with this cake recipe at least it will taste like spring

  11. Oh my, your cake looks and sounds lovely. Love the simplicity of using a box of cake mix. I love mandarin orange and pineapple, you got both in this recipe and it'll be a must-try for me! Thanks for sharing.


  12. Oh...I haven't had lunch yet. Yor cake looks so yummy! Thank you for your nice comment on my blog. I really appriciate it!

  13. yummmmy!

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  14. What a beautiful picture of your cake. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up.

  15. Hi Michele,
    Your Cake has been on my Menu Whats For Dinner Next Week..It is a great cake.
    Best Wishes,
    Miz Helen

  16. Just wonderful. It looks soo good and it will taste even better I am sure.