Ugly Duckling Cake with Pecans

Julia Ferguson


I orginally got this recipe from a Readers Digest, but I do not remember what year, probably late 70's.
Very moist yellow cake with a moist coconut pecan topping. The kind you would use on a german chocolate cake. This cake is wonderful served with a dollop of cool whip or whipped cream on top.


★★★★★ 2 votes

6 or more
10 Min
45 Min


  • 1 box
    yellow cake mix
  • 1 16 oz
    can fruit cocktail
  • 2 1/3 c
  • 2
  • 1/2 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    evaporated milk
  • ·
    cool whip or whipped cream (optional)

How to Make Ugly Duckling Cake with Pecans


  1. Combine cake mix, undrainded fruit cocktail, 1 cup coconut and eggs. Blend; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes and pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
    Sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  2. Bring butter, sugar and evaporated milk to a boil. Boil 1 minute. Stir in remaining coconut, spoon over warm cake. Serve with whipped topping if desired.

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About Ugly Duckling Cake with Pecans

Course/Dish: Cakes, Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #coconut, #Fruit, #pecans, #mix

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