This recipe has been in my family for years. It is a very moist cake with a delightful buttery coconut topping.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, Beat eggs and 1 1/2 cups white sugar together until smooth. Beat in flour mixture and fruit cocktail with juice. Spread into prepared pan. Mix together the brown sugar and chopped nuts; sprinkle on top of cake.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with fork. Pour topping over cake.

  • To make the topping: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, and stir in coconut.

Nutrition Facts

474 calories; protein 5.5g 11% DV; carbohydrates 77g 25% DV; fat 17.3g 27% DV; cholesterol 54.7mg 18% DV; sodium 339.3mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (37)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2003
My girlfriend had given me a fruit cocktail recipe a few months back but it just wasn't coming out right whenever I baked it. I decided to search the site and saw this recipe. I baked it on Christmas day this cake is SLAMMING. When my husband keeps going back for more you know its good. I bake an extra one and took it to work and it was gone in no time. Very very good. I will definitely keep this one and throw out the one my girlfriend gave me. Thanks Read More
(41)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2009
This has potential. Far to much butter in the "glaze" topping. Far too much baking soda in cake batter. This cake would be much better without the topping. Just thinly iced with a cream cheese icing. Or a thin glaze over the top if you bake this in a bundt pan. Read More
(8)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2003
My girlfriend had given me a fruit cocktail recipe a few months back but it just wasn't coming out right whenever I baked it. I decided to search the site and saw this recipe. I baked it on Christmas day this cake is SLAMMING. When my husband keeps going back for more you know its good. I bake an extra one and took it to work and it was gone in no time. Very very good. I will definitely keep this one and throw out the one my girlfriend gave me. Thanks Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2003
This is a GREAT cake. I made a few modifications. I added a teaspoon of vanilla to the "cake". I didn't have evaporated milk for the topping so I used sweetened condensed milk and omitted the sugar. It was fabulous--my family loved it. Definitely a "keeper". Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2008
This has to be the easiest recipe to follow and the best cake we have ever eaten! I added extra coconut and nuts because I can not get enough of those ingredients. The topping is just as wonderful as the cake. A very old fashioned flavor. Love it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
Excellent taste although very rich. I thought a 9X13 dish would last a long time... Ha!... Not at our house! Thanks Nannie Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2002
Great tasting cake - great blend of flavors. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2002
What a great cake! I'll bet my brother would love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2009
I made the changes (added vanilla to cake added more chopped nuts) which others had suggested. Very good flavor moist! Thanks for this recipe! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2009
Very similar to my "family" recipe. Quick to mix together & get in the pan. Didn't use the nuts but added a few handsful of crushed cornflakes to the topping. Hubby loved it & we will take some to the neighbor's tonight-I know she's going to ask for the recipe! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2007
Turned out fantastic! I cooked the cake in a 9x9 inch pan and made 6 cupcakes out of the rest. Topping was great and the neighbors loved the cupcakes while we snarfed the cake Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2009
This has potential. Far to much butter in the "glaze" topping. Far too much baking soda in cake batter. This cake would be much better without the topping. Just thinly iced with a cream cheese icing. Or a thin glaze over the top if you bake this in a bundt pan. Read More
(8)
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