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Fruitopia - Fresh Fruit Cake

Fruitopia Cake


“Life without fruits? Is that even a life?” once said a great man. And fortunately for me, this man happens to be none other than my dear father. His love for fruits is so great that he could eat them all day long - for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks in between. So as you can imagine, our house was always well stocked with all kinds of fruit in every season.


Some of my fondest childhood memories are those of me and my brother visiting the fruit market with our dad. We would scour the market streets for the biggest and sweetest watermelons, juiciest of grapes, most fragrant mangoes, crunchiest apples and delicious fruits of every kind.

 

Now, several years later and many oceans across, I still see his face light up like a child as he walks through the fruit aisles of the grocery stores. And, that’s enough for me to know that he has found his Fruitopia. 

 

Ingredients:

- 1 box of cake mix white/yellow/strawberry/chocolate (I prefer Pillsbury or Betty Crocker)

- ½ can condensed/evaporated milk

- 4 cups fresh or frozen mixed fruits (fruits of your choice cut into bite sized pieces)

- 1 cup fresh orange juice

- 1 tsp orange zest

- Whipped cream

 

How To Make:

Bake the cake per instructions on the box. Cool it room temperature. Poke holes all over the cake with a small toothpick and evenly spread the condensed milk such that it is completely absorbed. Chill the moist cake in the refrigerator. If using frozen fruits, thaw them well. Mix orange juice and orange zest and marinate the fruit mix in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

 

For serving this dessert, cut a piece of cake, pour some marinated fruit mix and top it off with a dollop of whipped cream. Tastes wonderful either chilled or at room temperature.

 

Tips:

- For a moister cake, pour ¾ can of condensed/evaporated milk instead of ½ can

- In summer, you can serve it with a scoop of ice-cream. I prefer basic flavors like vanilla, strawberry or chocolate.

- This is a basic recipe and you can make your own combination of cake, fruit, ice-cream, and sauces like caramel, chocolate, butterscotch