Quick Lunch Box Cake

by Martha McKinnon
(Phoenix, Arizona)

This was a favorite in our house growing up. It's a quick tasty cake, perfect for lunch boxes, pot lucks, and afternoon snacks. My mom thinks she got it from a bag of Pillsbury flour years ago.

I continue to make it whenever I want a quick cake and cherish the spotted, tattered recipe card in my mom's handwriting from so many years ago. Just looking at it makes me smile with happy memories.

Quick Lunch Box Cake Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 16-ounce can fruit cocktail, undrained
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more to taste)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (or more to taste)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease and flour a 9x13 pan.

Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chip and nuts in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium for two minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top evenly with chocolate chips and nuts.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few clinging crumbs.

Cool and enjoy.

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May 09, 2021
I've had this recipe for 50yrs
by: Mrs. Kat

I've had this recipe since my late teens & I'm in my late 60s now. It's a wonderful recipe! I lost mine a few years ago. So glad I found this one identical to the one I had. Bon Apeptite ❤

Jul 02, 2012
I love this cake
by: Amy

I started making this for my kids because it is perfect for packing in lunch boxes. No frosting to stick to wrappers but still sweet and tasty. Now I made it for my grandkids.

Nov 17, 2011
by: Anonymous

l am a fanatic of cooking and baking.To have another recipe to experiment on is like getting a piece of heaven.

Aug 21, 2008
by: Anonymous

I remember this awesome cake from my childhood too. I can taste the flavors just by thinking about it!!

Aug 03, 2008
Thanks for Quick Lunch Box Cake
by: Laura

Thanks for this recipe, I made this cake in the 1970's and the recipe was in one of the Pillsbury Small Recipe Books. I tore out the page and lost it and have been looking for it all these years. I cannot believe I located it so easily. It is the best recipe. Thank you.

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