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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  1. Nice! Since I hate pineapple, I'm always happy if there's something not involving my arch-enemy-fruit in the ways of an upside down cake :) Looks delicious!

  2. looks so yummy and fruity,I was laughing my self too,when I read your comments about eggnog,,,yup that the end of it,,no eggnog being wasted :)

  3. What a great idea for a cake! Super simple, so versatile. Great for when you need to make a dessert quickly.

  4. Oh, gosh, I never thought of all the options! My family wouldn't want to eat some of the fruit cocktail fruits, but I could do this with canned peaches or pears and they'd love it! YUM! Great post, Ramona!

    PS...that's my Thanksgiving turkey...next year I can be on the ball and get it posted BEFORE the holiday :)

  5. I can't believe Kiri hates pineapple. :) This looks fantastic. We make a version of this called a dump cake....so easy and so very good.

  6. Mmm, this looks fantastic! I love this as an idea, and it's so pretty too.

  7. deliciously done this looks wonderful

  8. This looks delicious! I love how simple and easy it is to make and how you can use so many different fruits. I can just imagine how amazing a slice of this delicious cake tastes with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream--I'm so jealous right now! :)

  9. The cake looks so amazing! Creative and moist. Thanks for sharing...buzzed!

  10. Delicious! I LOVE easy recipes like that! ...and it looks amazing! Once again - you've taken a box cake mix and made magic!

  11. What a great idea to use the canned juice as liquid in the cake! Your right, this is a fun dessert to make since there are so many combinations. I know a few people who would love this cake, including my hungry toddler :)

  12. I remember my mom doing upside down cakes during weekends, usually with pineapples. Great to see an upside down cake again, thanks for sharing, Ramona!

  13. Warm, yes, gooey, yes, delicious, big YES!!!

  14. I love upside down cake! It is nice that this one is larger scale. The peaches sound wonderful!


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