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Fruit Cocktail Cake

This is my son's favorite cake, and when he asks for it for his special birthday cake, he usually gets it! It's easy to make, and a good dessert to take to potlucks or social functions. There's always someone who wants the recipe, and I'm more than happy to oblige.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) fruit cocktail with syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients; mix well. Pour into a 13x9-in. pan and sprinkle with topping ingredients. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. When cake is done and still warm, pour sauce over cake. Cool to room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 353 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Aaronic
    Oct 22, 2015


  • Carol1353
    Nov 15, 2014

    This is a good recipe, taste good, but it is a bit too sweet for our taste. Will have to put a little less sugar in next time. I will make it again.

  • angelraine
    Dec 19, 2011

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  • kd_daigle
    Apr 29, 2010

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  • Teija Lea
    Apr 9, 2010

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  • TeiLea
    Apr 9, 2010

    My family loves this cake - I have made it so often I should have the recipe memorized! Easy to make and is delicious.

  • FriedaG
    Jan 30, 2010

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  • MamaCyndi
    Nov 18, 2009

    Recently moving accross country, my life is in a box, I panicked when I couldn't find my recpie box with my grama's cake in it. This is it, minus the lemon juice. Serves my memory in wonderful ways. Easy, always a favorite.