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 cans of fruit cocktail (15.25 oz each) with juice/syrup
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.
Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.
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.
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.
Try it up. It’s good eating from a simpler time.
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