Old fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake has been around for years. A delicious recipe like this never loses its allure. Simple homemade cake with a can of fruit cocktail added.
So I’m going to be completely upfront with you guys. I strongly dislike, I won’t even eat canned fruit cocktail. It’s totally not my thing!
BUT put it in cake and top it with homemade whipped cream and you have my attention. As in it’s so good I stand and eat it out of the pan with a fork……..
If you are interested in where I got this recipe you might want to grab a pen and paper to draw a map! I recently got this recipe from my Grandma Davis’ best friend’s daughter. It was her Mom’s recipe and always a hit with her family.
I’m so honored that she shared it with me and that she let me share it with all of you.
Fruit Cocktail Cake
The original icing calls for margarine and Milnot but if you don’t have Milnot you can use evaporated milk but you will want to substitute real butter for the margarine.
Milnot is milk but with the animal fat removed and replaced by oil. Therefore it mixes well with margarine, also an oil-based product. So if you use true evaporated milk I suggest using real butter instead of margarine so that it combines smoothly.
Fruit Cocktail Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 30 ounce can fruit cocktail
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick margarine
- 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
- Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and eggs until batter is smooth
- Carefully stir into the cake batter the entire can, including syrup, of fruit cocktail
- Spray a 9x13 glass dish with non-stick spray and pour batter into dish
- Bake in a 350° pre-heated oven for 55-60 minutes until center of cake is done and cake has slightly pulled away from sides of dish
- Combine all icing ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a slow boil, allow to boil for approximately 1 minute then remove from heat
- While cake and icing are both warm pour the icing over the cake allowing to soak in and flow down the sides of the cake where it has pulled away from the dish.