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Cake with Fruit, Not Fruitcake

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Fruitcake is a cake made from dried fruits, nuts, and hatred. Luckily, this is not fruitcake. This is fruit cake, a cake made with love, joy, and fruit.

Fruit Cake

Why Put Fruit on Cake?

If you're an unhealthy human male or chimpanzee, covering a cake in fruit will not make it healthy. It is, however, more healthy than dunking your cake in a vat of thick chocolate icing.

Fruit is possibly the least appetizing cake topping because almost all the fruit goes mushy within a few days. This is a good thing, though, because it gives you an excuse to down a whole sheet cake in the span of 24 hours.

Cake with Fruit

Prep: 20 min | Cooking: 1 hr | Total: 1 hr 20 min

Makes 1 cake


Cake Batter

  • Flour (4 cups)

  • Baking powder (1 tbsp)

  • Baking soda (1 tbsp)

  • Salt (1 tsp)

  • Eggs (3)

  • Milk (2 cups)

  • Butter, melted (2 sticks or 16 tbsp)

  • Granulated white sugar (2 cups)

  • Brown sugar (1/2 cup)

  • Vanilla (2 tsp)


  • Milk (1/4 cup)

  • Powdered sugar (2 cups)

  • Vanilla (1 tsp)


  • Almond shavings (3/4 cup)

  • Coconut shavings (1/2 cup)

  • Mixed berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries (2 cups)

  • Strawberries, sliced (1/2 cup)

  • Pineapple slices (1/3 cup)

  • Kiwi slices (1/4 cup)


  1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

  2. Make the cake: In a medium-size bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In another large bowl, beat eggs, milk, and melted butter. Mix in white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.

  4. Pour dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.

  5. Pour batter into your baking dish. Place in oven and bake for 50-60 minutes. It's done when you can pierce the middle with a knife and have it come out clean. Place on a cake board and let cool for at least 15 minutes.

  6. Make the icing by whisking the icing ingredients in a bowl. Spread icing over the now-cooled cake.

  7. While the icing is still a bit wet, sprinkle the almond and coconut shavings all over the cake. Dump fruit on the cake in whatever fashion you please. Slice and serve.

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