Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake
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Golly darn it, I love this recipe for Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake because it is ridiculously simple.

I also love it because it’s one of my dad’s favorite old recipes from his mom (my grandma, who passed away thirty-ish years ago).

Oh, and I forgot. I also love this fruit cocktail cake because it is tasty. Downright yummy. It’s a super light, super delish cake that you can make with ingredients that are often on hand.

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 cans of fruit cocktail (15.25 oz each) with juice/syrup

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

How to make Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

It’s so simple. Are you ready? All you do is combine the ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix by hand if you want the fruit pieces to stay whole in the cake, use a mixer if you want them mashed up in the cake.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.

Top with:

1/2 cup brown sugar and/or 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts.

I usually just do brown sugar because although my family is pretty nutty, they don’t like nuts in their desserts.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

The cake has a light flavor, and the brown sugar caramelizes a bit on top to make it even better.

Some people prefer Fruit Cocktail Cake a little bit thinner…

You can cut this recipe in half and bake it for 30 minutes in a 9×13 pan for a thinner cake.

I prefer the thicker version, but when I bake it for my dad, I make the thinner version because that’s how he remembers eating it as a kid.

And aren’t memories worth recreating? I think so.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Try it up. It’s good eating from a simpler time.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake
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Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

A cake right out of my grandma's recipe box.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 15.25 oz cans fruit cocktail with juice/syrup

Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

Instructions

1. Combine the ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Mix by hand if you want the fruit pieces to stay whole in the cake, use a mixer if you want them mashed up in the cake.

3. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.

4. Sprinkle topping (brown sugar and nuts) over top of batter in pan.

5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

NOTE: You can cut this recipe in half and bake for 30 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan for a thinner cake.

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Grandma's recipe for Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake is ridiculously simple and delicious. The light flavor and slightly caramelized topping is yumtastic.

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4 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake”

  • Thanks for the memories! My grandmother, dad’s mom, made this frequently. We lived with her for a number of years. She often served it with a dollop of whipped cream. She passed in 1975, think I’ll be baking it soon!

  • My mother-in-law used to make this all the time. She passed away many years ago. I never made it because if I made her recipes, they never tasted as good as when she made them. Now that I am a grea-grandmother of 5, maybe it’s time I made this again. Thank you.

  • Oh yes this brings back memories of baking this with my grandpa. . I’ll be trying it again soon. Thank you for a. Cherished memory.

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