This is a simple fruit cake, with just one fruit in it. It’s moist, and plain but delicious, perfect to go with a cup of coffee or mug of tea.
This uses a jar of your home-canned fruit preserves, and a box of cake mix. We used unsweetened home-canned fruit. If you home-canned yours in a syrup, that should still work: the cake should just be a lot sweeter, that’s all.
This recipe uses:
Oven temperature: 190 C / 375 F
Yield: 9 slices
2 ingredient fruit cake from home preserves
- 1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
- 1 half-litre home-canned apple slices (Ideally unsweetened. Or fruit of your choice. Pint jar.)
- Start oven heating to 190 C / 375 F.
- Grease a cake pan; set aside.
- Empty cake mix into mixing bowl.
- Open the half-litre / pint jar of fruit but DO NOT drain it.
- Top the jar up with water to within 1 cm / ½ inch of jar rim.
- Now, add the contents of the jar, liquid and all, to the bowl with the cake mix.
- Stir with mixing spoon just until all the dry cake mix is blended in. Do not use beaters!
- Transfer mixture to prepared cake pan.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 190 C / 375 F until toothpick in centre comes out clean.
This is not like the elaborate fruit cakes you can expect at Christmas! That being said, there’s nothing to say you couldn’t use two different types of fruit in this, if you have them to hand on your pantry shelf, say two different half-pint (250 ml) jars of something. You could try peaches, nectarines, pears… blueberries could taste good but might make the whole cake purple.
For the eye-rollers about this using a cake mix: there’s tons of from-scratch recipes on the site here. This ain’t one of them! It’s just a “I need to produce a dessert and I have 10 minutes to make it in” kinda recipe!
You can also try a half-litre / pint sized jar of home-canned pie filling.
The reason you top up the jar with water is to make sure there’s enough moisture for the cake mix. Every jar of home-canned fruit can be different in terms of how much headspace it ended up with after canning.
If you want a streusel topping, put it on before putting the cake into the oven, as the top browns and hardens up fast.
You could also top with finely-chopped pecans or walnuts.
Adapted from: 2-ingredient Apple Angel Food Cake. 14 May 2012. Accessed June 2020 at http://makinitmobetta.com/2-ingredient-apple-angel-food-cake/
Varies based on cake mix you are using. But it will be fat free if you stick with Angel Food.