Bottom of the Fruit Bowl Snack Cake

September 23, 2022
0 Ratings
Photo by Finchly
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 10-12
Author Notes

Speaking from the expertise of a mom of two, it is literally impossible to buy and eat the right amount of fruit each week. Without fail, there is either too much and you face perishing goodness or you become susceptible to the plague of last man standing. The plague of last man standing is when there are only 3 or so strawberries left, a ragtag handful of blueberries, or a lonely apple adrift in a fruit bowl and the social constructs of a 7 year-old deem the perfectly okay fruit to be inedible. Speaking as a single mom of two, nothing goes to waste in my house. Speaking as a stubborn mom of two, I'm always looking to outmaneuver my kids. The result- a motley, insanely delicious, and clever Bottom of the Fruit Bowl Snack Cake.

What You'll Need
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups any mix of leftover fruit you have or enough to line the bottom of the pan
  • 5 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Zest of a small lemon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder, optional
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have the option of convection, preheat to 350 degrees. Spray a cake pan or springform pan with non-stick spray and if you have parchment paper, line the bottom.
  2. Evenly spread the melted butter and granulated sugar throughout the bottom of a springform pan. Arrange the fruit on the bottom of the pan in the pattern you'd like on the top of the cake.
  3. In the large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and oil until lightly and fluff- about 2-3 minutes.
  4. To the beaten butter and sugar, add the bowl of eggs, extracts, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest. Beat until thoroughly combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix one more time.
  5. Stir in half of the flour and dry milk powder into the batter and then add the milk. Stir in the remaining flour and dry milk powder until the batter is well-mixed.
  6. Gently dollop the batter over the fruit. Evenly spread the top with your spatula.
  7. Bake until the cake is fully set and a cake tester or skewer comes out clean- about 35-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  8. Run a thin knife around the sides of the cake pan or springform. Place your serving platter on top of the pan and flip over the cake pan. Let cool completely.

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2 Reviews

Burton March 29, 2023
Please remove this from the Passover section. While the recipe looks delicious, it contains an ingredient which cannot be eaten on Passover. It's really frustrating for those of us who are using the tags to find recipes that meet our specific dietary restrictions when people spam the tags with stuff that we cannot actually eat.
Finchly March 29, 2023
Hi Burton,

Thanks for catching this. I completely understand your frustration, and the tag has been removed. I spent time this morning better educating myself on Passover and the associated dietary restrictions, and I am going through all my recipes to make sure they're appropriately tagged. I appreciate that you called this out, and I'm always eager to learn more, talk more, and understand better.