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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Fruit Cocktail Cake

As promised last week, here is the recipe for Fruit Cocktail Cake.  This is one of my family's favorite cakes, especially my husband's.  It is rich, rich, rich though!!!
Fruit Cocktail Cake
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sugar
1 (16 oz.) can fruit cocktail
2 eggs
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 c. chopped pecans

Sift in bowl the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar. Add vanilla, fruit cocktail and eggs. Pour in a 13 x 9 inch dish or pan. Sprinkle the top of the cake batter with brown sugar, and then with the chopped pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.


1 stick butter
3/4 c. canned milk
3/4 c. sugar

Bring butter to boil. Add milk and sugar and mix until completely blended. Have this mixture ready for when the cake comes out of the oven.  While still hot, take the end of a wooden spoon and gently poke holes into cake in fairly regular intervals. Then pour warm topping over cake while cake is warm.  Allow to set a while before serving.

Doing some research, I found out this cake first became popular in the 1950s, and has been around since then. There are tons of different recipes for this cake, but this one is my mother-in-law Nell's version and the one I make most often.  I sometimes cheat and use a box mix and dump the fruit cocktail in it, but I always make the topping just like Nell does. I would be drummed out of the family if I didn't!


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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have heard of this recipe but have never tasted it. It sounds like a recipe I would like very much! I'll have to try it when the weather cools down. I love recipes that are handed down family favorites!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This looks so yummy Sharon!

Joy Weese Moll said...

That sounds fun and easy! It makes a pretty cake, too.

Vicki said...

My husband would LOVE this. I'll be making it for him soon!
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TheBookGirl said...

Wow, I can see why you would be in trouble if you left off the topping :) That is some rich mixture..butter and sweetened milk!

Beth F said...

I haven't had this in years and years. I'm so glad you posted the recipe -- just as soon as it gets cool enough to bake, I'm going to give it a try.