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Original Ugly Duckling Cake


Not quite sure how this recipe got its name! The fruit in the cake makes it delicious and who can resist coconut frosting? Your family and friends will love this dessert!

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  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (16 ounces) fruit cocktail in heavy syrup
  • 2 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed milk)


Servings 12
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 50mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add cake mix, fruit cocktail with syrup, 1 cup of the coconut and the eggs. Mix on medium low for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake 45 minutes, or until set but don't over bake.

While cake is cooking, make topping by heating the butter, sugar and milk on medium low in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Once it boils, boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining coconut.

Pour over hot cake when removed from oven. Serve warm or cool.


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