Resurrection Cake a la Ruthie & Cynthia

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– Here is a favorite of ours – Its a variation of everybody’s favorite dump cake. (or if you are so inclined – a fruit tea cake). Whatever! It’s a great, easy cake for a potluck or just because.  Add Cynthia’s special sauce and its also guaranteed to raise the dead – or at least cure what ails you. (Hence the term, resurrection). Sauce not suitable for youngsters or anyone who has recently taken the pledge.



  • A boxed cake mix of your choice and whatever you need to add make the cake
  • 16 ounces of canned fruit – (not pie filling) also your choice (you can use fruit cocktail too.)
  • butter
  • sugar

Special Sauce

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter…. yes I said 2 STICKS – thats 1/2 lb.  After all,  this is Wisconsin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of Jack Daniels Black Label or other nice robust whiskey – Again – yes I said 1 CUP.
  • A pinch of salt



  • Heat oven to 350
  • Make the cake mix according to the package directions  dump cake
  • Pour the mix into a deepish, well greased cake pan
  • Pour the fruit over the top of the cake mix
  • Cover the fruit with pats of butter and sprinkle with sugar
  • Bake 30 – 40 minutes or until the cake mix rises up over the fruit (another resurrection reference) and gets nice and brown.
  • Without the sauce its really quite innocent.

drink dinnerCynthia’s Special Sauce  *not for the faint of heart, youngsters or the recently rehabbed* NOTE: you are NOT baking or boiling or otherwise reducing the alcohol in this icing. It’s totally like ingesting the real thing.

  • Blend sugar, butter and vanilla
  • Add the whiskey a little at a time
  • Mix until you have a nice creamy sauce – the sugar will be grainy
  • Pour it over the cake – but not the part you are serving to the kids or those among you who do not imbibe.

Click here for a printable copy: Resurrection Cake with Special Sauce