Easy Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe – and a new friend in the cottage garden

Orange Salamander on Pink Flowers

My granny used to make this wonderful recipe for us. This is a very simple cake using a can of fruit cocktail and a few other ingredients – and it is unbelievably moist & delicious!

2 c. unsifted flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 scant tsp. soda
Pinch of salt
2 beaten eggs
1 (1 lb.) can fruit cocktail
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift together flour, sugar, soda, and salt. Add remaining ingredients. Beat well. Bake in greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan at 300 degrees for 50 minutes. While cake is hot, pour icing over it. This cake freezes well. If cake batter looks thin, add a little more flour. Some fruit cocktail has more juice than others. Ice with Fruit Cocktail Cake Icing.

1 stick butter
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
1 c. coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

Cook together the ingredients. Pour over cake as soon as you take it out of oven.

*Pictured above – a new little friend in our cottage garden! I was coming out of my front door, and there he was… this beautiful little orange salamander having a peek around the garden! We couldn’t resist this little photo opp before sending him on his merry way 🙂


11 thoughts on “Easy Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe – and a new friend in the cottage garden”

  1. Pearl,

    I wanted to tell you I really look forward to receiving your newsletter with craft tips, recipes and stories about your family life. Do you have pictures of your home and land that you can share?
    We’re looking to buy land to build a small cottage. I think it would be a great inspiration.
    Thanks again for sharing with us.

  2. Oh yes, chocolate cake with sauerkraut is delicious. My sister makes “pumpkin” pie with mashed carrots and you cannot tell the difference.
    I also enjoy getting this newsletter. I hope you continue for many years to come.
    Thank you.
    Louise from Alberta, Canada

  3. Hi Pearl,

    I made this sweet little cake last night and I want to thank you so much for sharing this yummy gem! It went over wonderfully with my family and friends 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you liked the recipe – and that all of your friends & family enjoyed it as well 🙂 There’s one thing better than preparing food & providing nourishment for your family… that’s when they really love it!

  4. I believe this is the recipe I’ve been looking for.It was my favorite cake and the ingrediants look like the same cake. Yummmmm….

    I am also looking for a pudding my grandmother made which was made with crackers and peaches. Does anyone have this?

  5. I am hoping this is the recipe I have been looking for for many years now. (I am probably at least the age of your grandmother!) The ingredients appear the same … it was the yummy addition of the glaze that was the secret. This cake is even better the next day … still moist and delicious.


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