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Fruit Cocktail Cake: A Family Favorite by Gordon Ramsay

Fruit Cocktail Cake: A Family Favorite


Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

I love and adore this Fruit Cocktail cake. This is another one of those long ago recipes that we’ve been making in my family for as long as I can remember.

Made from scratch, the ingredients in our Fruit Cocktail cake are simple and the recipe itself is not fussy at all.

Serve warm, cold or at room temperature

I especially enjoy it warm. Then again, I also enjoy it room temp…and cold…and…oh darn it. I just love this cake any way you can give it to me. It is a very unique and moist flavor, unlike anything you’ve ever had!

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

The ingredients for the Fruit Cocktail cake you’ll need are:

  • Self rising flour
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • A can of fruit cocktail in heavy syrup.

How To Make Fruit Cocktail Cake

Simple step by step instructions

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

  • Place eggs, sugar, flour, fruit cocktail (juice and all) and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix on low speed until well blended. Scrape down sides and mix again for about another minute.
Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake
  • Spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour batter into pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for forty five minutes or until golden brown.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Instructions for the Fruit Cocktail Cake Topping

  • Place evaporated milk, pecans, butter, sugar, more vanilla, and sweetened flaked coconut in a medium to large sauce pot.
  • Stir.
  • Bring to a boil, while stirring, over medium heat.
  • Keep boiling for one to two minutes.

This icing will remain pretty runny, which will be great when you pour it over your hot cake and it soaks all in.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

  • Take hot cake out of the oven.

Pour hot icing over hot cake, spreading as you pour.

TIP: Work fast now because this is going to immediately soak down into the cake and you don’t want coconut to be concentrated in one area and completely absent in the other. Spreading it as you pour it will help avoid this problem.

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

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Fruit Cocktail Cake An Old Favoriite

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 15 ounce fruit cocktail undrained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 +1/2 cup sugar
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 +1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, place all cake ingredients and beat at low speed until blended. Scrape down sides and beat again at low speed for one minute more. Pour into prepared pan.

  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  • While the cake is baking, combine all sauce ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture is boiling, continue stirring and boil for 1-2 minutes. Pour over hot cake and quickly spread with a spatula for even coverage.

Notes

Please note that this recipe calls for self rising flour in order to rise.

 

You may also enjoy these other fruit cake recipes:

 

 

 



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Chocolate Depression Cake – No Milk or Eggs! by Gordon Ramsay

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!


Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

Friends, today I have something you need in your life.  Chocolate Depression cake is something that is ridiculously simple and decadently delicious .

Why Is It Called A Depression Cake?

Recipes like this grew in popularity during hard times in our history when ingredients for typical cakes grew scarce. This one doesn’t need any milk or even eggs! It is kind of the fluffy cake version of my Mama’s Chocolate Cobbler. 

Don’t let the simple ingredients fool ya into thinking this is a run of the mill cake, though! Deeply chocolate and fluffy yet fudgey, it is similar to a Devil’s Food cake. We like it without icing as a great snack cake but you can add in some simple frosting to make it a dessert worthy of any table. 

Ingredients for Chocolate Depression Cake

Ingredients For Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

You’ll need:

  • All purpose flour,
  • Cocoa powder,
  • Sugar,
  • Baking soda,
  • Salt,
  • Cinnamon,
  • Vanilla,
  • Vegetable oil,
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Stirring Dry Ingredients for Wacky Cake

  • Stir together all of your dry ingredients first. 

Adding Wet Ingredients To Dry

  • Once your dry ingredients are mixed together, add in all of your wet ingredients. 

Chocolate Cake Batter all stirred up

  • Give that a stir until well combined. 

Pouring chocolate batter into cake pan

  • Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. 

Wacky Cake ready for oven

  • This batter is heavenly! 

Baked Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Can you smell it?  I sure can.  Wish you were here!
Iced Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

Look at that beauty!

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake- Cut View

 I just topped it with a can of frosting but you can whip up a homemade frosting, glaze, or sprinkle a little confectioner’s sugar over the top. 

Look at this pretty little slice. Just waiting for you to eat it! 

Fork Cutting Into Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

There ya go! 

Bite of Wacky Cake on Fork

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Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

A dark chocolate Devil’s Food cake, make from scratch. No Milk or Eggs needed!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch baking dish with a non stick spray. 
  • In medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 

  • Add in the vinegar, vanilla, oil and water and stir until well combined. Pour the batter into the baking dish.

  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Eat warm or cool completely and frost, if desired.

Tips for this recipe:

Now y’all know I’m all about dumping it all in a bowl and going for it but in this recipe it make sure you pay attention.

If you stir all your dry ingredients together first your batter comes together smooth as can be in no time at all. 

your greatest message will be spoken by your life not your lips quote by steven furtick

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk Or Eggs!

This post featured on Meal Plan Monday.

You may also like these recipes:

Mama’s German Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Chip Cloud Cookies

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix – So good!

Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

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Easy Birthday Cake Recipe From Scratch by Gordon Ramsay

Easy Birthday Cake Recipe From Scratch


Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Before we make this recipe for Easy Birthday Cake, did you ever wonder where the idea of using  cakes to celebrate birthdays came from?  If not go ahead and scroll on but if you were wondering then you can read a short history here.

A little Birthday Cake History…

It sure goes back further than I thought.  According to Wikipedia birthday cakes have been a part of European celebrations since the mid 19th century.  But Germans appeared to have been selling cakes for weddings and birthdays since the 15th century.  Imagine that!  People have been scarfing down birthday cakes for a very long time!

Now now matter how that tradition began, I, for one, am as happy as a pig slopping around in mud that we keep celebrating with easy birthday cake recipes like the one you are about to learn today.

Now let’s make us an easy old fashioned birthday cake from scratch.

This is a no fuss recipe like Grandma would’ve had on her table and after sitting through all of that chatter from me, you could use a little somethin’ sweet.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Ingredients You Will Need for An Easy Birthday Cake Recipe From Scratch:

  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Sprinkles if you’ve got a hankering for a rainbow flecked cake. 

Note on the milk: I suggest whole but evaporated milk will work well also. Don’t let the “organic” part of my milk intimidate you. I only buy that kind because it lasts twice as long as the store brand and since we aren’t milk drinkers, that gives me more time to use it up before having to buy more, therefore saving me money even though it costs a little more than regular milk.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

For the birthday cake icing recipe you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla flavoring

Please note: I am making a double recipe of icing so I can decorate a two layer cake. The recipe posted at the bottom is also double a normal recipe size. If you want less, you can easily half it. Half will also work fine for a 9×13 cake or for those who want to challenge themselves to use as  little as possible when decorating a layer cake. I figure life is challenging enough so I do things to take the easy way out when possible, such as when I make cake icing. 

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Place sugar and softened butter in a large mixing bowl.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Cream together with an electric mixer until it is nice and fluffy looking like this.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • In a separate bowl, use a spoon to stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

That is Come Home To Supper open on the table. One of the perks of having published cookbooks is that it is a whole lot easier for me to keep my recipes in one place.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • In another small bowl (the hardest part of this recipe is the dishes afterwards), stir together the vanilla, milk, and eggs until well combined.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Now add a little of the wet mixture and a little of the dry mixture to the creamed butter and mix that well.
  • Then add the rest of each and continue mixing until it is smooth and fully blended, about 2-3 minutes.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Prepare two cake pans by either greasing and flouring them or by spraying the living mess out of them with cooking spray like I do.

I am using 9 inch cake pans but if you can find 8 inch you’ll have a taller cake (good luck with finding them though). You can also cut down on a whole lot of fuss by just baking this in a 9×13 pan and icing and serving it from the pan. That is my usual course of action but I went the extra mile for this birthday.

Note: If you have a pan with a reputation for sticking, then grease it with shortening and powder it with flour. If you have a pan like 90% of all other cake pans, a generous dousing of cooking spray will work just fine. A lot of people use a product like Baker’s Joy as well, which is shortening and flour in one spray. That works great but is a little more expensive so I just stick with my cooking spray that I buy in big old bulk cans at Sam’s. It takes ten forevers to use one of those up.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • This is our fully blended cake batter.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Optional: Add in a handful of sprinkles. You can add a lot more if you want. I just grab a handful and go. I am using the tiny little ball rainbow sprinkles. You can try others and they will probably work well, too. I always have these on hand though (they are cheap). Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch
  • You want to gently fold these in because they will bleed their color pretty fast.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Like this.
  • Now divide it up between your two prepared cake pans.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Bake these at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Let cakes sit in pans for ten minutes.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Then turn them out and allow them to cool completely.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Now on to those icing ingredients… 

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Secret Ingredient

One of my secret ingredients that I love to add to buttercream frosting is butter flavoring to my easy birthday cake icing. You can use it in addition to vanilla or in place of vanilla depending on your personal taste or mood on any given day. A lot of bakeries use this, too.  This is completely optional though and vanilla does just fine on its own.

Back to icing…

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Place your room temp butter and a little bit of powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Add flavoring and half of the milk and then the rest of your sugar.

Most recipes will call for you to gradually add in the remaining powdered sugar but in my world we have things to do so dump all that in there and set the mixer going again until it’s mixed up real good.

  • Scrape down sides and add more milk during the mixing if needed. 

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • When you are done it the cake frosting will be all prettified, fluffy, and creamy.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Place the first level of your cake, top side up, onto a cake pedestal. Add a big old wallop of icing.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Spread that around a bit. Be careful not to let your knife or spreader touch the actual cake because that will pull up crumbs into your icing. Just keep it smoothing over the top of the icing itself.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Place the other layer top side down on top of the first.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • Add another glob of icing on top of that and start spreading.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Eventually, you’ll spread it to the sides as well. I always add the globs to the top and spread to the sides from the top of the cake. That is just the easiest way for me to do it. You do it however is easiest for you. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to ice a cake written in any federal document that I am aware of.

Now I want you to do me a favor…. 

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

You Can Keep This Easy Birthday Cake Looking Homemade

You see those spready lines and swirls on that cake icing? Please don’t smooth them. I’m not sure at what point we started trying to make homemade things look store bought but I’ve been guilty of it more times than I can count. This is a beautiful homemade cake and it looks like a beautiful homemade cake. Trying to make it look like a store bought cake just doesn’t make sense. It is gorgeous. You are gorgeous. You made a cake. Be proud of that. 

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

  • If you want to add more sprinkles, do it as soon as you are done spreading the icing because soon the icing will set and the sprinkles won’t stick to it.

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Here is your Easy Birthday Cake ready to dig into

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch

Ingredients

This recipe is one of the many from scratch options featured in my latest book, Come Home To Supper.

  • 2 +1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 + 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 +1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs

Buttercream Icing (This is a double recipe for a layer cake)

  • 2 sticks butter at room temp
  • 4 teaspoons butter flavoring Can use clear vanilla instead
  • 6 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 4-8 tablespoons milk

Instructions

For cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 and spray two 9 inch cake pans liberally with cooking spray, or grease and flour. (Can also use 9×13 pan or line 24 muffin tins with paper liners for cupcakes).

  • Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl and cream together with an electric mixer.

  • In medium sized bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt with a spoon. In a separate bowl, stir together eggs, milk, and vanilla until well combined.

  • Add half of the wet and dry mixtures to the creamed butter and mix until well combined. Add the remaining and continue mixing until fully blended and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

  • If you want to add sprinkles, gently stir them using a spoon in after batter is fully blended.

  • Divide batter evenly among cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and center springs back when lightly pressed. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans for ten minutes before turning out to cool completely.

Buttercream icing

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and about 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the butter flavoring, half of the milk, and remaining sugar and beat again until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides and adding a little extra milk if needed.

  • Ice cooled cake (see photos and instructions in this post if needed) and enjoy!

Notes

Please note: I am making a double recipe of icing so I can decorate a two layer cake. The recipe posted at the bottom is also double a normal recipe size. If you want less, you can easily half it. Half will also work fine for a 9×13 cake or for those who want to challenge themselves to use as  little as possible when decorating a layer cake. I figure life is challenging enough so I do things to take the easy way out when possible, such as when I make cake icing.  Note: If you have a pan with a reputation for sticking, then grease it with shortening and powder it with flour. If you have a pan like 90% of all other cake pans, a generous dousing of cooking spray will work just fine. A lot of people use a product like Baker’s Joy as well, which is shortening and flour in one spray. That works great but is a little more expensive so I just stick with my cooking spray that I buy in big old bulk cans at Sam’s. It takes ten forevers to use one of those up.

 

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

~Steve Maraboli

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