Fruit Cocktail Coconut Cake

    1 hour 15 min

    Now you can put those tins of fruit cocktail that you have in the cupboard to good use! This is an easy emergency cake with a coconut topping and a sweet icing.

    26 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • For the cake
    • 250g plain flour
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 (420g) tin fruit cocktail
    • For the topping
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 115g walnuts, chopped
    • 75g desiccated coconut
    • For the icing
    • 110g margarine
    • 235ml golden syrup
    • 2 (170g) tins evaporated milk
    • 75g desiccated coconut

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 23cm x 32cm rectangular cake tin.
    2. Mix brown sugar, chopped walnuts and coconut together for the topping. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the eggs and tin of fruit cocktail with juice. Mix well and pour into prepared cake tin. Sprinkle with topping mixture.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
    5. In a saucepan, combine margarine, golden syrup, evaporated milk and desiccated coconut. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Pour over cake and place back in oven for few minutes until it bubbles. Cool before serving.

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    This cake was super moist and yummy! I'll be making this again! Great for a potluck!  -  17 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this was very good and pretty easy . . .but I didn't do the last frosting topping; it just seemed sweet enough already. Hubs agreed with me and does seem to like the cake. I had to bake longer; about 15 minutes longer, but ended up with a nice coffee type cake that has good flavors, fruit, and plenty of sweetness. I agree; this would be a good cake to take to a potluck. thanks for the recipe!  -  22 Sep 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    So moist. So good. Had request by family to make it again and for more people the next week! It’s a crowd pleaser  -  18 Jul 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)