2 Ingredients Fruit Salad Cake

A few years ago I was giving my pantry a clean out, I had an over supply of tinned fruit (which is so easy to do!!).  I had seen a recipe on Love, Shoes and Cupcakes which was a simple 2 ingredient fruit salad cake, using tinned fruit salad and a pre-packaged cake mix…. super quick and easy! I made it again recently so updated the photos and thought I’d re-share the recipe with you.

While cleaning out the pantry I stumbled across these two ingredients, that made up this super quick and easy cake.

That’s right 2 ingredient recipe.  A 425g tin of fruit salad and a cake mix pack. I had a big tin so I used the left over fruit salad for dessert later that evening.  You don’t need to add the extra required ingredients (such as egg, butter etc), it’s just the mix and salad!

While cleaning out the pantry I stumbled across these two ingredients, that made up this super quick and easy cake.

Place cake mix and 425g of drained fruit salad in bowl, stir and pour into a round cake tin.  Bake on 180C for 30-40 minutes or until golden and skewer comes out clean.

While cleaning out the pantry I stumbled across these two ingredients, that made up this super quick and easy cake.

This could even make a nice dessert cake with some cream, ice cream or custard.

While cleaning out the pantry I stumbled across these two ingredients, that made up this super quick and easy cake.

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2 Ingredients Fruit Salad Cake

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 42 mins
  • Category: Cake

Ingredients

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  • 1 packet of cake mix
  • 425g tin of fruit salad, drained

Instructions

  1. Place cake mix and 425g of drained fruit salad in bowl, stir.
  2. Pour batter into a lined and greased round cake tin.
  3. Bake on 180°C for 35-40 minutes or until golden and skewer comes out clean.
  4. Dust with icing sugar.

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I originally posted this recipe on 27th July 2013, I have updated it with new photos.

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35 comments

ClaireyHewitt July 27, 2013 - 3:30 PM

I am doing the same thing and cleaning out my pantry. I do this a few times a year, and this is a great suggestion.

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Katrina July 27, 2013 - 3:35 PM

its a moist and fruity cake Claire you should enjoy it

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Farah Dyer-Steel February 7, 2020 - 10:06 AM

I tried this cake last night but think it best as a dessert cake, served warm with ice cream. My hubby was expecting a ‘cake’ cake and it definitely wasn’t that

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 11, 2020 - 3:17 PM

I hope he still enjoyed it Farah! x

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Becci Sundberg July 27, 2013 - 4:23 PM

I made this into muffins a couple of years back. Think it was in one of the 4 Ingredient books. A quick and easy recipe if you have the ingredients. Also a good one to make if you holiday in a caravan like us.

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Katrina July 27, 2013 - 4:40 PM

That’s a clever idea for a caravan Becci, might have to share it with my in laws they love caravanning

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Bella September 22, 2013 - 4:01 PM

I’ve come back to this post to say that I LOVE this. I’ve made it with tinned fruit (mash up the big pieces) and with stewed fruit and it comes out really well. Lovely and moist and lasts for ages. I usually add in half a packet of choc chips if I’m making a lunchbox cake, but if I’m making a cake to take to church I add in some spice – ginger or something like that. I especially love that it’s so quick. Makes those “hmm everyone’s in bed but there’s no snack for the lunchboxes” moments less of a disaster. I’ve taken to buying packet mixes just to have some in the house to make this with.

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Nicole McRae May 20, 2014 - 3:43 AM

Belinda Pattison how about this one?

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Jenna Knight June 22, 2014 - 12:07 AM

Do you drain the fruit? Just the instructions say that you do but the picture looks like it’s not drained? Thanks

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Lauren Miller June 29, 2014 - 11:30 PM

Peter Esther Miller

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Sarah March 8, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Do you follow the packet cake recipe or just add the mix and fruit and stir? Just want to clarify. Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 9, 2015 - 8:42 AM

Hi Sarah, it works for me just using the dry cake mix and wet fruit. You drain the fruit but not squeeze dry so theres still liquid to make a batter. I’ve never made up the cake mix with eggs, milk etc, so super easy.:)

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Susan Milgate July 29, 2015 - 9:14 AM

Original recipe from the link above is as follows:

Tropical Fruit Salad Butter Cake

You will need:

1 pkt of Butter Cake Mix
425g tin of super well drained tropical fruit salad mix (the one I use is a mix of pineapple, peach, banana and passionfruit, but I pick the seeds out!)

Pre-heat oven to 180C and grease your desired size cake tin. If I’m making it for dessert I make it in one large round cake tin or if I’m making it for afternoon tea I make it as two cakes so I can sandwich them together with whipped cream.

Prepare the butter cake mix as per the packet directions.

Stir through the drained fruit salad.

Pour the mixture into your cake tin and bake for 40-50 mins for one large cake or 30-40 mins for 2 smaller ones. The cake is done when golden in colour and bounces back when touched.

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Kate Lloyd July 30, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Every Thursday night my family get together and it was wonderful to have this cake as our dessert. Mum had seen your FB page and thought she’d give it a go. It’s SO delicious and perfect for my little girl who has an egg allergy. Thanks Kat for sharing this.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 31, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Ooh so glad you all enjoyed it!.:)

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cheryl November 15, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Ack! I followed that recipe and had a bowl with drained fruit and floury cake mix. There was no liquid to make it into a batter so I ended up adding the liquid back in. That made a batter but my hopes are not high this is going to work. Now I notice in the comments I was supposed to make the packet cake mix adding the eggs and oil etc?

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Mandy November 15, 2020 - 4:25 PM

I’m with you Cheryl.
The instructions say add just drained fruit and powder packet contents – 2 ingredients!
I’m quite disappointed with this recipe and outcome, now that I’m reading the cake mix should be made up.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 18, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Hi Mandy, the recipe works for me just using the dry cake mix and wet fruit. You drain the fruit but not squeeze dry so theres still liquid to make a batter. I’ve never made up the cake mix with eggs, milk etc. It does seem a little dry at first but as you mix it just comes together. So strange it works for some and not others!

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Leila April 8, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Little confused, i know in the slow cooker you just use the tin and the dry packet mix (not making the cake mix up first)
Your recipe just says the cake mix not to make it but reading the comments you say you make it up first?

Can you clairfy this please. I have a few cake mixes i bought to help give the kids confidence in learning to bake (much prefer home made cake batters but the kids find it daunting at this stage)
This is on the list for school holidays baking, some for afternoon tea and the rest sliced and in freezer for the 4 kids for school treats/afternoon teas

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 11, 2016 - 3:22 PM

Hi Leila, no just use the fruit salad and the cake mix….. don’t add the eggs or water or anything it suggests, just the fruit salad. Hope the kids have fun.

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danielle June 16, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Hi,

Again to clarify – so just the cake mix and the fruit tin.
And you drain all the juice? Surely needs some juice to make a batter.
Any issues using peaches, or other fruit? would you dice fruit up, or leave whole?

thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 16, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Hi Danielle

I gently drain out the juice (ie don’t squeeze it out) but as you can see in the picture once in the bowl there is more juice in there. I have only used the tinned fruit salad, but I’d certainly try peaches, I am sure it would taste delicious. Don’t be afraid if there is more juice, it will make it a little more moist 🙂

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Lyn Hood March 9, 2018 - 6:29 AM

I have a couple of tins of fruit salad in the pantry and I keep thinking they are just pineapple, gives me an excuse to use them up, thank you for the recipe .

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 12, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Oh that’s wonderful Lyn. It’s a great can item to have in the pantry

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Roz March 9, 2018 - 6:30 AM

I love this cake for those “bring a plate” events! It does appear to be very dry when mixing but suddenly it all just works together well. This is also a great one for Coeliacs – just use the Gluten Free Butter cake mix by Greens.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 12, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Yes wonderful Roz. It is very versatile and easy

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Emma March 9, 2018 - 4:24 PM

oh yummy and so easy!

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Jo April 26, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Mine just looks like flour-covered fruit 🙁

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Merle August 5, 2018 - 11:49 AM

I’m with you Jo, this recipe is so deceiving, you are meant to make the cake mix up according to the packet directions THEN add the drained tin of fruit.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 6, 2018 - 9:08 AM

Hi Merle it works for me just using the dry cake mix and wet fruit. You drain the fruit but not squeeze dry so theres still liquid to make a batter. I’ve never made up the cake mix with eggs, milk etc. strange it works for some and not others!

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Jacqui November 3, 2019 - 6:18 PM

I have done tinned peaches. Drain the fruit and lay it in the base of a buttered cake tin, mix the juice and packet cake mix, pour mixture over the fruit and bake for about 40 mins at 180. Turn cake out onto a plate and dust with icing sugar, serve warm with ice cream or double cream. Delicious

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2019 - 3:21 PM

That sounds so yummy Jacqui! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Kat

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Tina October 19, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Do you think it would work with canned apples and a bit of cinnamon ??? In my brain it’s yummy, but ???

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Tina I think that would be delicious! I haven’t tried this myself, but would love to hear how it turns out for you 🙂 Kat x

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Jenny Smith August 17, 2021 - 2:51 PM

This is a really good cake recipe! Easy and yum!

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