A lovely fruit cocktail cake, simple and delicious.

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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 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray one 8 x 8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • In a medium sized bowl combine flour, white sugar, salt, baking powder, egg, and fruit cocktail. Mix until just combined and pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle top with the brown sugar.

  • Bake at 32 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; 0.5 g total fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 148 mg sodium. 42.3 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2011
I rate this in honor of my son who loves this cake. Many people complain it is bland but for a kid its just perfect not too sweet no funky coconut or nuts to mess with picking out. For those who are snobby and rude about this recipe I just wish to point one thing out what fruit cocktail is NOT bland. All the fruit tastes exactly the same only the texture of the pears is something unique in the can. I first baked this when my son was eating "real" food and it was a big hit. I forgot about it and then baked it again recently he is now 4 and a half and he flipped he just loves it especially with whipped cream and sprinkles on top. We personally like it served still warm and sometimes in the summer will top it with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for sharing Karen. I have made this both as she offers and sometimes I add a package of vanilla sugar and some lemon zest and a spot of cooking oil. This is a very moist and tasty treat that is super easy to prepare and never fails to please the little ones. And when I have no engery to bake something more complicated or time consuming I choose this simple gem and never get complaints from my family. Even my husband loves this. Read More
(8)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2003
This was one of the WORST cakes that I have ever tasted. There was no flavor at all to it except for sugar. Read More
(16)
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2011
I rate this in honor of my son who loves this cake. Many people complain it is bland but for a kid its just perfect not too sweet no funky coconut or nuts to mess with picking out. For those who are snobby and rude about this recipe I just wish to point one thing out what fruit cocktail is NOT bland. All the fruit tastes exactly the same only the texture of the pears is something unique in the can. I first baked this when my son was eating "real" food and it was a big hit. I forgot about it and then baked it again recently he is now 4 and a half and he flipped he just loves it especially with whipped cream and sprinkles on top. We personally like it served still warm and sometimes in the summer will top it with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for sharing Karen. I have made this both as she offers and sometimes I add a package of vanilla sugar and some lemon zest and a spot of cooking oil. This is a very moist and tasty treat that is super easy to prepare and never fails to please the little ones. And when I have no engery to bake something more complicated or time consuming I choose this simple gem and never get complaints from my family. Even my husband loves this. Read More
(8)
Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2003
This was one of the WORST cakes that I have ever tasted. There was no flavor at all to it except for sugar. Read More
(16)
Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2003
I really hate to write this but it was horrible. It didnt have any taste at all. I will never make it again. Im sorry for the review...but YUK Read More
(14)
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Rating: 3 stars
02/02/2008
I thought it was good considering the simple ingredients and lack of oil! Even my kids loved it! I put some crushed walnuts on top along with the brown sugar. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2011
I rate this in honor of my son who loves this cake. Many people complain it is bland but for a kid its just perfect not too sweet no funky coconut or nuts to mess with picking out. For those who are snobby and rude about this recipe I just wish to point one thing out what fruit cocktail is NOT bland. All the fruit tastes exactly the same only the texture of the pears is something unique in the can. I first baked this when my son was eating "real" food and it was a big hit. I forgot about it and then baked it again recently he is now 4 and a half and he flipped he just loves it especially with whipped cream and sprinkles on top. We personally like it served still warm and sometimes in the summer will top it with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for sharing Karen. I have made this both as she offers and sometimes I add a package of vanilla sugar and some lemon zest and a spot of cooking oil. This is a very moist and tasty treat that is super easy to prepare and never fails to please the little ones. And when I have no engery to bake something more complicated or time consuming I choose this simple gem and never get complaints from my family. Even my husband loves this. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2010
I added vanilla and a dash of cinnamon-and my 4 teenagers didn't leave a crumb!! I also doubled the recipe and added applesauce again it was fantastic. Thanks for this simple cake recipe! Read More
(5)
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Rating: 2 stars
10/12/2010
I'm sorry to say that the only good thing about this cake is that it's moist. No one mentioned if you should drain the fruit cocktail so I didn't...I think you are supposed to. My "batter" was so thin...that I added another 1/2 cup of flour. It still seemed really thin but I didn't want to add too much. I let it bake 10 minutes longer than stated. It came out as a wet banana bread texture. Taste??? Not so much:( I added cinnamon as suggested by another reviewer...but it only tasted like cinnamon and brown sugar. I was expecting more like a pineapple upside down cake flavor but it just wasn't there! Sorry=) Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
This has been a favorite of our family for years. We have always made the coconut pecan frosting that is normally used on a german chocolate cake. Put it on the cake while still warm so that it soaks into the cake. That really boosts the flavor. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2016
I added 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 Tbs of cinnamon. I really like it. It's quick easy and delicious especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2018
I made this cake with minor adjustments. I added 1/2 cup of coconut and 1 tsp of coconut flavoring. sprinkled nuts on. It was very tasty. Will make it again. Read More