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Texas Tornado Cake


Servings: 15


Texas tornado cake contains fruit and nuts, with coconut icing. It’s not clear when this cake was invented, or where it’s from. Some insist that “Texas tornado cake” is another name for an “earthquake cake.” This delicious cake is made with fruit cocktail in the batter & has a streusel-nut topping. A boiled coconut topping is poured over the cake while hot. Quick, easy, economical.




1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups fruit cocktail with syrup (16-oz. can)
2 tsp. baking soda
¼ cup brown sugar


Boiled Coconut Icing:

1 stick butter
1 cup coconut
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup evaporated milk or half-and-half

Cooking Method


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

2.     Pour into greased and floured 9x13” pan.

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

4.     Bake at 325° for 40 minutes.

5.     Spread icing on cake while hot.

Boiled Coconut Icing:

1.      Combine icing ingredients in saucepan and boil for 2 minutes.

2.      Spoon over cake while hot.

3.     Let cool; cut into squares.

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