Texas Tornado Cake is spectacular. What a delicious and easy sheet cake to make! The cake is made with a can of fruit cocktail in the batter. Then before you bake the cake you sprinkle a streusel topping with nuts over the top. After the cake comes out of the oven you add a boiled coconut topping and pour it on the cake while hot. Oh, soooo scrumptious!
This wonderfully quick and easy recipe is also quite economical. You get 15 or so servings out of the cake for less than $10. If you have coconut and nuts on hand all the time like I do, it will cost even less. I was trying to use up some half-and-half in my refrigerator. I even had a can of fruit cocktail in my pantry so I didn’t need to go to the store for any ingredients when I made this tasty cake recipe.
I got this recipe years ago, in the early 1980s when our children were infants. Sandi Weikel brought this cake to a Sunday school fellowship our class was having. Granted, I have a sweet tooth anyway so it’s rare when I don’t like something sweet. But I took one bite of this sweet cake and knew I had to have the recipe.
I have made this recipe so many times over the years for two basic reasons–okay, three! 1) I almost always have all the ingredients on hand so I can make it on the fly. 2) It really is so inexpensive to make. 3) It tastes great! I love all the peaches and pears in the fruit cocktail.
I love coconut. I love walnuts or pecans (any kind of nut for that matter). So this has always been a win-win for me. It’s a win-win for my husband, too, because he hates dry desserts. Quite frankly, he rarely touches any dessert that doesn’t have fruit in it. He would much rather eat a dessert with fruit than chocolate. (Go figure!) So this tasty cake recipe has been on our “to-make” list lots of times over the years.
I’m not sure how the recipe got it’s name. The Weikels and our family were both living in Florida at the time. Neither of us had ever been to Texas! I assume that Sandy got this recipe from her mom and it was passed down in some way. The cake doesn’t actually look like a tornado hit it (at least I don’t think it does!) Be that as it may, I present to you Texas Tornado Cake. Lovely, delicious, moist, and sumptuous.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert for your family, Texas Tornado Cake should top your list! It’s really a fabulous recipe. Dollop some vanilla or Snickerdoodle Ice Cream over the top and you’ll be in seventh heaven! You and your family will savor each mouthful. All the while vanilla ice cream dribbles down your chin!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda