Ugly Duckling Cake Recipe

Fruit cocktail, coconut and brown sugar turn yellow cake mix into a delicious and easy Ugly Duckling Cake Recipe.

| November/December 2013

  • Ugly Duckling Cake is an easy-to-make dessert.
    Photo By Lori Dunn

Diane Stoddard, Grand Marais, Minnesota, writes, “I don’t know if this is the same one, but it is an Ugly Duckling Cake recipe that has been in our family for years.”

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Ugly Duckling Cake Recipe

1 box (18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
1 can (16 ounces) fruit cocktail (do not drain)
2 1/3 cups flaked coconut, divided
2 eggs
Brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease 9-by-13-inch baking pan; set aside.

In large mixing bowl, blend cake mix with fruit cocktail with syrup, 1 cup coconut and eggs. Beat with mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.

Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 45 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

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