I have been collecting Gooseberry Patch cookbooks for years, ever since I received the first one, Celebrate Autumn, as a gift from my SIL Rhonda back in 1997. I even had a recipe accepted for publication in their first edition of Quick and Easy (that will have to be in another post!).
For a few years the owners kind of strayed away from their roots with all kinds of other kitchen and household stuff. I hadn’t received a catalog in a long time and chalked it up to not ordering anything in a while. I recently discovered they are back on track and are concentrating on their publications (and no more catalogs). They have a wonderful blog with lots of free recipes, including this one for Fruit Cocktail Cake which is from their cookbook, Dinner$ on a Dime. I had never heard of this cake before and just had to give it a try, especially since I had all the ingredients on hand … and needed something to blog about since I haven’t been very creative since Christmas!
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
15-oz. can fruit cocktail–regular pictured here, but I actually used “Light” (do NOT drain)
Beat eggs. Add the dry ingredients (sugar, flour and baking soda). Add the undrained fruit cocktail and mix well.
Pour into a greased 9” x 13” baking pan.
Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, until cake tests done with a toothpick inserted in center.
Optional: Top with a dusting of powdered sugar. Makes 12 servings
And the verdict: it was easy, cheap, and tasty! This cake was moist and kind of spongy. I used the light fruit cocktail, because a cup and a half of sugar seemed to be enough sweetener! I think I’ll pick up a couple of cans of fruit cocktail to have on hand in case I ever need a last minute dessert!
Gooseberry Patch cookbooks can be purchased on their website, in local stores such as JoAnn’s and Cracker Barrel, and from Amazon.com. This is not a paid advertisement, I just love their cookbooks!