Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Imagination Cake (Upside Down Fruit Cake)

I call this upside down fruit cake, "Imagination Cake" because your imagination can create as many variations of this cake as you like. This is not really a recipe at all, it's more of a method of preparing a delicious dessert.  It's so wonderfully simple, I was almost embarrassed to put it here.  Then I thought it's too fun not to share.  You can actually make this dessert with any flavor combination of  fruit and cake so the number of desserts are limitless.  This fruit cake combination is also reminiscent of dessert favorites like fruit cobblers, crumbles and dump cakes.  These desserts all place fruit on the bottom and top with a cake or crumble mixture that is baked until bubbly and brown. Since this cake is so much like a cobbler dessert, I think it is best eaten warm and goes extremely well with ice cream.  I made this cake recently for my family and they loved it more than I expected.  I love when a dessert is super easy, but gets raves like I spent hours in the kitchen.

2 (15oz) cans of fruit (any variety)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 box of prepared boxed cake

Drain the canned fruit and reserve the juice.  Prepare you box cake per package instructions, but use the reserved canned juice as your liquid (in place of water).  Butter a 9x13 pan well or spray with cooking spray.  Then add your drained fruit .  Sprinkle the fruit with your brown sugar.  Then pour the cake batter over the entire pan of fruit.  Bake per package directions (35-45 minutes at 350 degrees).  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 

Here are some more variation of this cake:
1. canned cherry pie filling with yellow or chocolate cake
2. canned pineapple, pears, peaches, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, etc.. with yellow or butter cake.
3. Apple pie filling with spice cake mix.  You can also mix nuts with this version.

**remember if you use canned pie filling you will need to bake the box cake using water since you will not have fruit juice to use.

Serve with ice cream or whipped topping. Enjoy.

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