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Budget Friendly Texas Tornado Cake

Updated December 14, 2018
Budget Friendly Texas Tornado Cake
Budget Friendly Texas Tornado Cake

Budget Friendly Texas Tornado Cake is a super easy cake recipe made especially for coconut lovers, but that anyone who loves something sweet will enjoy. Make this old-fashioned cake recipe for a potluck and you won't go wrong. Sweetened mainly with brown sugar and fruit cocktail and with plenty of coconut flakes mixed into the gooey icing, this fruit cocktail cake is a unique recipe that hails from the South -- Texas to be specific. It's a budget-friendly way to make a dessert that everyone will love and that you will be proud to bring no matter the occasion. 


  • Cake Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups fruit cocktail with syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Coconut Icing
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk


  1. Mix regular sugar, eggs, fruit cocktail, baking soda, and flour.

  2. Pour into greased pan or baking dish.

  3. Combine brown sugar and pecans; sprinkle over batter.

  4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes.

  5. Combine icing ingredients in a saucepan and boil for 2 minutes. ​Spoon over cake while hot.

  6. Let cool; cut into squares

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Wow! This looks really good, but it might be a little too sweet for me.

Not sure about the budget friendly part of this recipe but the ingredients list sure does sound like it would be a delicious recipe. I like that it is a one pan cake though.

Oh my goodness...between all of the sugar in the icing and the fruit cocktail, I would definitely leave it out of the cake itself. I've never had cake with fruit cocktail before but the icing is kinda similar to the coconut pecan frosting I usually have on German Chocolate cake with the exception of the milky texture.

My Mother loved all recipes that included coconut. I think she would have approved of this one. I would never have imagined preparing a dessert with the ingredients listed here but I am anxious to try this one.

Of course, this cake is amazing. Look at all that sugar! I love cakes with fruit cocktail because they are so moist and sweet. I am the only one in my family who likes coconut, so I had to bring this to work to share with coworkers. What an easy, old-fashioned cake recipe.

This cake was divine!


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