FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE

Fruit Cocktail Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Fruit Cocktail  Cake is definitely one of my favorites. I am not a fan of fruit cocktail but I love it in this cake.  I had not made this cake in years and someone asked me about it before Christmas.  I bought the fruit cocktail and am just now getting around to making the cake. Today, was the perfect day to make it.  It is the first day of spring and I felt like something sweet and good.

Fruit Cocktail Cake Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour

Baking soda

Salt

Ground nutmeg

White granulated sugar

Eggs

Butter

Vanilla extract

Fruit cocktail in syrup

Brown sugar

Nuts (I used pecans)

Many people remember the traditional fruit cakes that come out at Christmas. This cake is nothing like those but would still be a great addition to any holiday gathering. You could easily put a caramel frosting on this cake or cream cheese frosting, both would be delicious. You could also just sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream. This cake goes wonderful with coffee too. Super versatile!

Fruit Cocktail Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Fruit Cocktail Cake

Judy Yeager
This old fashioned recipe is delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine American, southern

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can fruit cocktail in syrup, undrained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup nuts I used pecans

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg and set aside. Cream the white sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract with a mixer. Add the two together and continue mixing. Fold in the fruit cocktail and mix with a spoon.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread the cake batter in the dish. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup brown sugar over the top of the batter along with the nuts. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes checking for doneness since ovens vary.
  • Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top. This cake does not need frosting. It is just that good but you could add about any type of frosting if you want.
Keyword fruit cocktail cake
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25 Comments

  1. Marilyn Rehberg says:

    My Mother made this recipe for a lot of family holidays but she made a glaze w/coconut for the topping. We now make it in her memory.

  2. Why does my fruit cocktail cake always collapse in middle? It tastes awesome but not very presentable…

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It could be a lot of things. Check to make sure your baking powder is good. Don’t open and shut the oven door during the cooking process. Don’t over mix the batter. Try dropping your uncooked cake onto the counter top before putting into the oven to make sure it does not have air bubbles in the mixture. Hope this helps.

    2. when I make a Mexican fruit cake I turn off the oven and crack the door and let it cool in the oven and I found that it helps with the middle of the cake from collapsing

  3. Renee woodcock says:

    I have been looking for this recipe. My mother was wanting me to make one says her mother made this all the time. I am going to surprise her with this for Christmas.

  4. mary Bissonnette says:

    Favorite for years in our family but sprinkled chocolate chips ojn top of batter before baking

  5. kay mcghee says:

    Can you substitute self rising flour for all purpose?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could do that, Kay.

      1. Kay McGhee says:

        Thanks for the quick response. I love your recipes and helpful hints.

  6. A tried and true Old Kentucky recipe. My mother-in-law’s regular dessert offering – she was from Leitchfield, KY….and passed it on to me. It is a good one – nice to see it posted here.

  7. Nicolina DeVine says:

    Thanks so much for recipe. I have a couple of them from my motherinlaw but different amounts of sugar and fruit cocktail all vary and cook times vary too. Thanks again for everything!!! Nici MIn

  8. This looks so good… Can’t wait to try it. I love your new print set up!!! It is so nice to have a picture to go with the recipe if you want. This is my favorite recipe website…

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Barb. So happy to have you on the site. Have a good weekend.

  9. Thanks for the memories of my days living in the south…we had a neighbor that always made this cake. I haven’t had it in years.

  10. Debbie Caraballo says:

    This is indeed a blast from the past! In my tiny hometown, everyone was making this when I was growing up. It also had the boiled topping. If you were invited to anyone’s house after church, you KNEW what they were going to offer you! Lol…thanks for the memories!

  11. How do I print off your recipe? I tried clicking on the title but no printing icon appeared, Judy.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Look at the bottom of the recipe and you will see a small picture of a printer. Click on that.

  12. My grandmother made this and the whole family loved it. She put a topping on hers: 1 STICK OF BUTTER, 1 CUP SUGAR, 1 SMALL CAN EVAPORATED MILK, 1 TEASPOON VANILLA, 1 CUP FLAKED COCONUT, 1 CUP PECANS – PLACE BUTTER, MILK, SUGAR AND VANILLA IN SAUCEPAN, BOIL 1 MINUTE. ADD COCUNUT AND PECANS AND SPREAD OVER WARM CAKE.

    1. Sandra Martin says:

      That’s the way I was taught to make it by my aunt 50 years ago!!

  13. marion crumbling says:

    glad you like this too! My Mom made it for years and through the years I have made it many times. so easy and good. Marion

  14. thebetterbaker11 says:

    Oh how I love this cake. Remember it from long ago….AHHH – thanks for the reminder.

  15. CanadianShe_Wolf says:

    My Mother made this cake “routinely”……70 years ago, I remember,…… and her Mother, my grandma ……before her!…….amazing how “tags” get added to old time homesteader original recipes

  16. Brenda Huber says:

    This sounds wonderful. Definitely going to make this

  17. My,my…I remember this so well. Everyone made it and I had forgotten how good it was. Thank for the memories.