February 23, 2011
fruit cocktail cake
When was the last time you used tinned fruit cocktail? I can honestly say I can't recall - I mean, really, doesn't everyone eat fresh fruit now? Fruit cocktail is so Betty Draper - I felt a little ashamed putting it into my cart at the grocery store, hiding it under all of the fresh veg, finally forced to reveal it in the checkout line, convinced that the cashier was judging me. But like Betts it's a classic and now has a rightful place in my pantry thanks to this cake.
Fruit cocktail cake is a recipe from the Best of Bridge series of cookbooks (this recipe is from the Royal Treats for Entertaining volume). Reading these cookbooks transported me right back to the 1950s when an evening of bridge was absolument de rigueur for the country club set. With the current popularity of Mad Men, it's time for these bestselling cookbooks to make a kitschy comeback in the modern kitchen.
The fruit cocktail cake is a winner, not much to look at but so moist it reminds me of sticky toffee pudding or a soaked rum cake. And it's even better the next day. Perfect for kicking it old school with an evening of bridge...or a Mad Men marathon.