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Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe

Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe

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. YIELD:15 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 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


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients; mix well. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-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. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 6406168 235429
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015


Carol1353 User ID: 7839902 14027
Reviewed 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."

TeiLea User ID: 2810488 12153
Reviewed 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."

MamaCyndi User ID: 1007473 42246
Reviewed 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."

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