Fruit Cocktail Cake

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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
2 eggs
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 This is not a paid advertisement, I just love their cookbooks!


2 Responses

  1. Gooseberry Patch
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    Thanks so much for featuring our recipe and for your kind words about our little company…we appreciate it!

    When you have time, will you drop us a note at our email address? We just have a quick question for you.

    Thanks again!

  2. Marissa
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    I love Gooseberry Patch too! I have a TON of their cookbooks. The snickerdoodle recipe out of the Quick and Easy cookbook is literally the ONLY cookie in the world my son will eat…he HATES sweets and chocolate usually!

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