15 Luscious Desserts That Start With Canned Fruit
Canned fruit just might be the secret ingredient in your next favorite dessert. Cakes, pies, and cobblers all benefit from these flavorful and fresh-tasting fruits, whether you're using a classic like cherries or going for a more tropical twist with pineapples. So, next time you're craving something sweet, open your pantry and reach for a can of fruit.
Sam's Famous Carrot Cake
Each bite of this decadent carrot cake is a variety of flavors and textures thanks to the additions of crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts, and flaked coconut.
Easy Peach Cobbler
No one will ever guess how incredibly easy it is to make this cobbler, which takes less than 10 minutes to prepare for baking. Canned peaches are the star of this sweet treat.
Home cook Christina says, "This was SO GOOD! I used 1 can of crushed pineapple and 1 can of pineapple chunks, reduced the butter to 1/4 cup and mixed the cinnamon right in with the rest of the topping ingredients."
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Pineapple slices and bright red cherries make a beautiful presentation for this cake. "I made this for a luncheon and it turned out fabulous," says MOM2TWINS. "My mother-in-law called it the best she had ever eaten. No one would know that it was a mix!"
Mandarin Orange Cake
Yellow cake mix is dressed up with the addition of mandarin oranges. The creamy frosting is created with a combination of canned pineapple and vanilla pudding mix.
Banana Split Cheesecake
Enjoy all the flavor of a classic ice cream sundae in cheesecake form. Bananas and crushed pineapple make up the filling, while maraschino cherries and chocolate syrup are reserved for decorating the top.
Black Forest Cake
"Fabulous. The best Black Forest cake recipe I've tried and I've tried a lot," says Arcticwoman. "The cake baked up beautifully the cherries were perfect and the whole thing just came together wonderfully."
Translation: peach cake. The recipe calls for margarine, but of course you can use butter instead. BakingLikeCrazy says, "This was very good! I did use butter as that is what I had on hand. I also followed the suggestions and used almond extract. I'm so glad I did - I think the almond flavor really made this cake special. I also added an extra sprinkling of cinnamon to the topping and used turbinado sugar in lieu of the granulated sugar for the topping. Thanks! Very nice with coffee and not overly sweet."
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake mix and canned pineapple is all you need for this delightfully fluffy treat. Add a dollop of whipped topping and you're in cake heaven.
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Canned blueberries get a double use in this recipe. The whole fruit is mixed into the batter, while the juice is whisked into the glaze for extra fruity flavor.
Best Cherry Pie
Canned sour cherries get an additional boost of flavor from almond extract for this popular cherry pie. Home cook Baricat says she adds one or two tablespoons fresh lemon juice to the cherries to balance out the sweetness. She also scoffs at those who would mistake this for canned cherry pie filling, which she call "bright red goo with a few cherries floating around in it." This is far superior and makes for a top-rated pie.
Dump Cake V
Recipe creator Barbara says, "This recipe for dump cake is more like a cobbler type dessert than it is a cake. I serve it in a bowl with whipped cream, ice cream, or frozen whipped topping. It is quick to prepare and it is delicious.
Pig Pickin' Cake
This bright and cheery cake is a version of the Southern specialty served at pig roasts and barbeques. Be sure you cool the cake thoroughly before filling and frosting.
Crushed pineapple and ripe bananas flavor this spice cake. Home cook Maggie McGuire says, "This cake was made more delicious by adding 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon allspice. Also, to enhance the banana flavor I processed the bananas in a blender. For some reason this releases more banana flavor into the cake. This is a moist and rich treat!"
Million Dollar Cake
"A refreshing cake indeed! The natural sweetness of the pineapple and mandarins is a great change from normal sugar frostings," says reviewer emmcelle.