Fruit Cocktail Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe

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lisa moore


this recipe is one of my mama's favorites. i had a hard time deciding if i wanted to share any of her recipes, they are very special to me, especially now that she no longer remembers. she turned 82 on feb 17 and recently suffered yet another fall and broken hip, along with dementia. i have been remembering all the times i would call her while in the middle of preparing one of her dishes just to hear her voice and tell me if i am doing everything right, or say "how many times have i told you"! any way, it is one of her oldest recipes and i am sharing it to honor her. i hope you enjoy it


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  • 1 large
    can fruit cocktail(reserve juice)
  • 11/2 c
  • 2 c
    self rising flour
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2

  • 1 small
    can evaporated milk
  • 1 c
  • 1 stick
    butter, room temperature
  • 1 c
    coconut, flaked
  • ·
    walnut pieces(optional)

How to Make Fruit Cocktail Cake


  1. preheat oven to 350
    grease a 13x9 glass baking dish
  2. FOR CAKE: combine all ingredients by hand, adding some of the reserved juice,(she did not measure this so i guess at it too) pour into prepared dish. bake for 35-40 minutes.
  3. meanwhile for topping: in saucepan, on medium-low to medium heat, add butter and sugar, let melt completely, add milk and coconut,(IF USING NUTS ADD ALSO) stirring, cook 10 minutes. pour over warm cake, ENJOY

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About Fruit Cocktail Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtag: #Dessert

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