Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

This is a cheap recipe for an old-fashioned cake my husband grew up eating. There is no fat in it, but don’t think it’s diet food.  There is a ton of sugar.  I try to use fruit cocktail in juice instead of syrup.  Also, I usually leave off the brown sugar/nut topping.  You can substitute other canned fruit for the cocktail.  I have seen this will just peaches, pineapple or pears.  My mother-in-law often would drizzle caramel ice cream sauce over the cake.  My hubby likes it best with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can (2 cups) fruit cocktail (I use the light stuff, canned in juice)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (optional)
  • ½ cup walnuts (optional)
  1. Beat sugar, egg and dry ingredients.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Fold in can of fruit, juice and all.
  4. Spread in a greased 9 X 9 pan.
  5. If desired ( and you can handle more sugar!), combine brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle over cake batter.
  6. Bake 325 degrees for 60 minutes.


4 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

  1. >Yum! I ate this growin up, too! I haven’t made it in ages. I’ll have to make this one soon to reminisce. 😀

  2. >This sounds a bit like a recipe I have had for a number of years. Simple, inexpensive and delicious!!

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