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Fruit Cocktail Cake
April 14, 2008

This cake was okay; my husband and sons seemed to like it better than I did. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I decided to double the recipe and use a 13"x9" pan. Like other reviewers mentioned, it was more like a cobbler. It didn't have a whole lot of flavor, and the sweetness was overpowering, to the point of leaving something of an aftertaste. Also like other reviewers stated, I don't think it would matter what kind of canned fruit you used, because you really don't taste the individual flavors of the fruit. I used one can of light fruit cocktail and one can of mandarin oranges, and it didn't seem to make much difference. The fruit did make the cake nice and moist, though, and the texture was fine even after refrigeration; the top stayed crunchy and the cake didn't go soggy. I definitely agree you could cut the amount of sugar in half. Maybe using half white sugar and half brown sugar in the batter would help improve the flavor, and possibly adding a teaspoon or two of a spice such as cinnamon.

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