The Vintage Recipe Project: Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake

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 Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake

The Vintage Recipe Project
While pouring over my collection of vintage cookbooks while I was looking for something yummy to make I came across a recipe that my husband’s great grandmother Mrs Leo Rose had circled and wrote ” This is delicious ” beneath for this Fruit Cocktail Pudding Recipe.
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On my quest to revamp these vintage recipes and make them current for today’s modern day bakers this is the type of recipe I love to try. 

 Not only does it make me happy to make something my husbands great grandmother had made many many years ago but I also know by the notation that this recipe was considered delicious by her.

I’ve made some slight changes to the recipe and also decided that the proper name for my revamped recipe should be named Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake. Some of the recipes in these old cookbooks that are called puddings are not what we now think of as a pudding. 

Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake
South PTA Cookbook
Date unknown pre 1950
Submitted by Gladys Kimble, Connie Gainnobile and Dorothy Partridge

Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake

Serves 8
1 cup flour + 2 tbs sifted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ stick butter, melted and cooled
½ tsp vanilla
1 egg, beaten well
1 medium can of fruit cocktail


1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.
Sift first six ingredients into a medium bowl.
In a small bowl mix the cooled melted butter, the beaten egg and the vanilla.
Pour the egg mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and pour the entire contents of the can of fruit cocktail, juice and all.
Mix with a wooden spoon until completely combined and the fruit cocktail is even distributed.

Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake Batter

Pour batter into baking dish.

In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and the shredded coconut. If you would like to add nuts to your topping you can also add 1 cup of chopped nuts.
Mix the brown sugar and coconut together. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.


Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Baked Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake

I agree with my husband’s great grandmother. This cake is delicious! 

It is very moist and delicious. The only thing I might change is that I would cut back on the brown sugar in the topping.  It was a bit much for me. I also might add nuts to the topping next time.

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Kate@Diethood says

    This cake sounds really really good! It reminds me of those delicious desserts that the much much older ladies bring to bridal showers, or potluck parties :)

  2. says

    This looks really, really good! I will be trying it during this next week. I write on my recipes also. If I didn't I would never remember it. Then I would come across it, and say,"This looks good, I should make it!". Not the best memory!!I always write on the recipe: the date I made it, what I made it for, and if anyone liked it. It really is a big help. My son sometimes asks me if I will make him something I made for him before, and since I keep "cheat sheets" I can usually find out what he's talking about. Thanks for a great post!!

  3. Noreen Roberts says

    Thank you for posting this. When I was growing up in Southern Alberta it was a family favourite. My Mom called it Brights Dessert

  4. Jean B. says

    Hmmm. This looks quite like a recipe that I have been thinking about for over 55 years. My elderly babysitter made it, and I thought it was delicious too. (Why else would I still remember it and occasionally look for recipe that could be “it”?) I seem to recall that what Aunt Denie made also contained vanilla, which you added in your revision. I don’t recall nuts, so I may omit that (and not use the coconut).

  5. Jean B. says

    Thanks again. I collect cookbooks, including antique and vintage ones , PLUS vintage and antique recipe booklets, PLUS vintage and antique magazines and almanacs (etc.) that contain recipes. Also vintage and antique manuscript cookbooks. And recipe boxes that contain vintage and antique recipe cards. One of my motives is that I also want to be able to answer queries. Which reminds me that I have a lot more organizing to do–as one would when he/she has so much cr–, er, precious things.

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