UGLY DUCKLING CAKE

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This Ugly Duckling Cake has been around for a long time and is one of our favorites. This recipe is made with a mix but you could make it from scratch and just make a yellow cake with the same ingredients. It is not the prettiest cake but it is one of the best when it comes to taste. My family loves it and with a cup of coffee it can’t be beat.

Cake:

1 (15.25 ounce) yellow cake mix
1 (15 ounce) can fruit cocktail, do not drain
2 eggs

Mix together cake mix, fruit cocktail with juice and eggs with a spoon. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish and spread in bottom of dish. Add swirl.

Swirl:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans

Mix together and sprinkle over the cake. Take a knife and cut mixture into the cake mix until all ingredients are wet. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Topping:

1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

Bring evaporated milk, sugar and butter to a rolling boil in a pan on top of the stove. Boil for one minute stirring often as will boil over on stove. Remove from stove and add coconut. Mix well. Spread over cake. Makes 10 to 12 servings. Enjoy!

 

Ugly Duckling Cake

This Ugly Duckling Cake is wonderful despite it's name!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: cake mix recipe, easy cake recipe, ugly duckling cake
Servings: 12 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 1 15.25 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 15 ounce can fruit cocktail, do not drain
  • 2 eggs

Swirl Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

Instructions

Cake Instructions

  • Mix together cake mix, fruit cocktail with juice and eggs with a spoon. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish and spread in bottom of dish. Add Swirl.

Swirl Instructions

  • Mix together and sprinkle over the cake. Take a knife and cut mixture into the cake mix until all ingredients are wet. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Topping Instructions

  • Bring evaporated milk, sugar and butter to a rolling boil in a pan on top of the stove. Boil for one minute stirring often as will boil over on stove. Remove from stove and add coconut. Mix well. Spread over cake. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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9 Comments

  1. can I use a can of pineapple instead of fruit cocktail?
    thank you.

  2. This cake looks delicious! Do you cool the cake before putting the topping on?

  3. Nancy Jeanelle Reinhardt says:

    Everything looks so delicious keep posting recipes for us.

  4. My mom use to make a similar cake when we were growing up many years ago. This brought back the memories. I’ll have to make this one. πŸ™‚

  5. Sue Erskine says:

    What an interesting sounding cake.. Never heard of it before.. Well, maybe from Upstate NY originally…Now living in Australia.. Will have to give this one a try.. Thank you.. And wishing all you and yours a Blessed and Happy Easter.. Sue

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