When I found this cake in a vintage recipe tin, I didn’t actually think I would like it. The recipe called for no oil or butter, but a full can of undrained fruit cocktail. I was a bit concerned it might be reminiscent of fruitcake (I am not a fruitcake person) and I was worried that the absence of a cooking fat would result in a cake with an unpleasant texture. In the end, it turned out I was entirely wrong in all of my assumptions.
To my surprise, this cake was totally delicious. The juice from the fruit cocktail creates a moist crumb, and while I wouldn’t call this cake fluffy, it’s certainly not dense either. Unlike fruitcake, which has those shocking chewy bites of dried fruit, the fruit cocktail here kind of disappears into the cake, lending the whole thing a nice fruit flavor rather than sporadic surprises of fruit.
And the crunchy walnut and brown sugar topping is ah-maaaaaaze-ing…
After making the batter and spreading it into your pan, you just sprinkle the brown sugar and walnuts over the top. The nuts toast up as it bakes and the brown sugar caramelizes and sinks down a bit into the cake. It’s crunchy and sweet and just the right topping for this easy cake. My husband and father-in-law each ate three slices of this in a row if that gives you any idea how good this cake is.
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