Monday, June 18, 2012

White Cake with Fruit Cocktail

Recently I've been seeing all kinds of cake recipes from my blogger friends. I didn't have the ingredients on hand to make the cakes on offer, so instead I whipped up this basic white cake using some fruit cocktail I had in the refrigerator.  I used half of the sugar called for in the recipe and it was sweet enough for me. The addition of my left over fruit cocktail also gave it added sweetness.

I also used reduced fat cream cheese for the frosting.  If you wish to reduce the calories further you can use skim milk rather than whole milk in the cake mixture and use splenda. I personally do not like to use artificial sweeteners though I might use something like xylitol or stevia in a powdered form if I had it on hand.  Though after reading this article, I might have to reconsider the idea.

White Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup white sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup butter (I reduced this about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk (or to make desired consistency)
  • 1/2 fruit cocktail (without the liquid syrup)



  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth and add the fruit cocktail.  Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  2. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.   

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


Ingredients - I made only half of this recipe to cover the cake.

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature 
  • 8 oz of Light Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature 
  • 2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 



  • With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
  •  Add the vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness.
  •  Either spread on with a blunt knife or spatula, or spoon into a piping bag to decorate your cake or cupcake. 
  • The cake was well frosted and there was frosting left over. If you like your frosting a bit thicker, then wait for the cake to cool fully before frosting. 

    Taste Test: This isn't my favourite cake. It was moist but I found it a little too rich for my taste despite reducing the sugar and butter and using light cream cheese. It was also plenty sweet enough for me. I used a round 9" pan and the cake was not that high so if you want a higher cake I suggest you double the recipe and make a layer cake or simple make one deep layer. I will likely look around for another white cake recipe that isn't quite so rich and add fresh berries next time. I tried the cake again the day after and I enjoyed it much more. Perhaps it just needed to cool off more to come into it's own.


    Diane said...

    It looks great, but as you say it is not your favourite cake I will leave it be on your post and not try it. It is good to hear of recipes that are not favourites, usually everything is just wonderful. Diane

    Roan said...

    The concept sounds wonderful, but I'm with you, not a big fan of rich cake. I'll be curious to see how using the berries in a different cake turn out. That sounds really good.

    KT said...

    Looks good...but it is just too hot here lately to turn on the oven at night. :(

    Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

    This looks so delicious I can almost smell it. xx

    VaishVijay said...

    That cake looks delicious.

    Joyful said...

    I know what you mean Diane. This recipe received fantastic reviews so I tried it, lol. As I say, it is probably good if you like something rich.We all have different tastes.

    Joyful said...

    Yes, I think the berries will add a nice touch!

    Joyful said...

    I understand. Here the weather is still raining but it can still be humid at night.

    Joyful said...

    If you were here I'd offer you a piece or two ;-)

    Joyful said...

    Thank you and thanks for your visit!

    clairz said...

    This looks like a nice cake. It's a little too hot here in the desert right now - 104 F. today - but I'll keep the recipe in mind for cooler times!

    Joyful said...

    Thanks for your visit Clair! Hope you're having a lovely week.

    Denise said...

    yummy in my tummy.

    Joyful said...


    Pat said...

    Well, it certainly does look and sound fabulously delicious. I'm not a huge fan of super-rich desserts, either...just a small piece to taste it would be good enough for me.

    Joyful said...

    Yes a very small piece is good :-)

    Brenda Green said...

    All these recipe's are getting me hungry! This is the first time I've seen a cake using fruit cocktail in it. it looks good. I will add this to my collection. Thanks

    Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

    While it looks yummy I cannot get over the icing because of the high sugar and fat content! I imagine that the cake would have tasted great but be super sweet.

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