Ugly Duckling Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 package of yellow cake mix
  • 1 4 oz. package of lemon instant pudding
  • 1 16 oz. can of fruit cocktail (including the juice)
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of packed dark brown sugar (push down into measuring cup with a spoon)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk

Instructions

Put eggs and canola oil into mixing bowl and beat slightly with mixer. Add fruit cocktail with its juice and the brown sugar. Mix slightly. Add cake mix, pudding, and coconut (nuts if you want). Mix until smooth--about 3-4 minutes medium speed.

Pour into long cake pan (greased and floured) 13x9x2. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Test with toothpick. If toothpick comes out clean, it's done. If not, bake a few more minutes and retest.

For the icing, put the butter, white sugar, and evaporated milk in a one quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then boil until it thickens. Add one cup of flaked coconut and 1/2 cups of chopped nuts (optional--pecans work the best in this cake).

When cake is cool, pour icing mixture over the top and spread with a spatula or a knife.

 
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