Food writer Jack Monroe has a young son, and one thing he’s keen on is testing out the dessert recipes from her new books.

“He’s very enthusiastic about that,” Monroe says with a giggle. “He likes any cake with fruit in it.” So, she’s onto a winner whenever she whips up this fruit cocktail cake – and it couldn’t be easier.

Jack Monroe fruit cocktail cake
(Jack Monroe/PA)
Jack Monroe fruit cocktail cake
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Nutrition Facts
Fruit cocktail cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 922IU18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Fruit cocktail cake

The perfect afternoon treat made with just five easy ingredients
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Jack Monroe


  • 20cm round or square cake tin
  • Mixing bowl


  • 250 g butter plus extra to grease the cake tin
  • 200 g caster or granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g tin of fruit cocktail drained
  • 200 g self-raising flour


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C/350°F/gas 4) and lightly grease a 20cm round or square cake tin.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl with a fork or wooden spoon until well combined. Break in the eggs and mix together, beating until smooth.
  • Add the fruit cocktail to the mixing bowl and stir through quickly. Add the flour, and mix well to combine into a soft, sweet batter.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for around 45 minutes – depending on the size of your tin. A shallow tin will cook faster, whereas a deeper tin will take its time. To check if it is cooked through, insert a sharp knife into the centre of the cake. If the knife comes out clean, the cake is ready. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out and slicing. The cake can be enjoyed hot or cold. Leftovers freeze well for up to three months, wrapped in foil or popped in a freezer bag.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 922IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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