This is a cheap recipe for an old-fashioned cake my husband grew up eating. There is no fat in it, but don't think it's diet food. There is a ton of sugar. I try to use fruit cocktail in juice instead of syrup. Also, I usually leave off the brown sugar/nut topping. You can substitute other canned fruit for the cocktail. I have seen this will just peaches, pineapple or pears. My mother-in-law often would drizzle caramel ice cream sauce over the cake. My hubby likes it best with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.
Fruit Cocktail Cake
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 can (2 cups) fruit cocktail (I use the light stuff, canned in juice)
1/2 cup brown sugar (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
Beat sugar, egg and dry ingredients. Add vanilla. Fold in can of fruit, juice and all. Spread in a greased 9 X 9 pan. If desired ( and you can handle more sugar!) , combine brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle over cake batter. Bake 325 degrees for 60 minutes.
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