This weekend, while watching Pioneer Woman, I got fruit cocktail on the brain (she made some). More specifically, I got fruit cocktail CAKE on the brain. My mom used to make it all the time when I was a kid. Suddenly, on saturday, I was obsessing about it. Of course, the internet has 1000 recipes for it, but I couldn't be sure which one was the "right" one. Mom didn't have it, and it took Dad a while to find it but at least he did. It wasn't so much a recipe as just a list of ingredients.
Fruit Cocktail Cake
1.5 C sugar
2 C flour (I assumed self rising, that's what Mom always kept around)
1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
2 cups fruit cocktail (in heavy syrup, one 16 oz can)
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
1 sm can cream (I assumed this meant evaporated milk, that's the only cream I know of in a can and it tasted right)
1 C sugar
1 t vanilla
1 stick butter
Cook 20 minutes.
It took more like 45 minutes to bake in my oven, and it fell. But I seem to remember this cake always being sunken in the middle. It's dense and a bit gooey. As for the glaze, it's a bit grainy, but the texture seems to jive with my memory. It's so tasty, I've eaten a lot of it this weekend.