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Fruit Basket Cake Recipe

My husband’s birthday was yesterday! Yesterday was also the three year anniversary of our first date. Yes, our first date was on his birthday, and I paid! We still have the parking garage ticket from our first date/his birthday too. It’s pretty cute if I do say so myself.

When I became a part of his family they introduced me to what is now my absolute favorite cake. Ever. Fruit basket cake. Never heard of it huh? That’s not surprising, a lot of people haven’t heard of it. Let me tell you about it now. It’s cake, whipped cream, and fruit all together in one happy bite of heaven. I was in utter disbelief when my local Safeway had absolutely no clue what a fruit basket cake was, so I took it upon myself to make my own for my husband’s birthday….so here it goes!

Fruit Basket Cake

Fruit Basket Cake Recipe

Ingredients & Supplies Needed

  • 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix (and the ingredients that it calls for)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Lemon Juice
  • Heavy Whipping Cream (32 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cup of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Round Cake Pans


Cake preparation

Begin by preparing the cake batter according to the directions on the box. Split the cake batter between the two round cake pans and bake as directed on the package.

Fruit Basket Cake

Remove from the oven and let them cool. Once the cakes are cool remove them from their cake rounds and place them on two separate plates. You may need to put them in the refrigerator or the freezer to cool quicker depending on how fast you prep the other ingredients.

Fruit Preparation

While the cakes are cooking, you’ll want to prep your fruit. Wash and dry the blueberries and strawberries.

For the fruit, you may use the desired amount of each that you prefer, add any that you may like, or take out what you dislike. These ingredients are extremely flexible! Slice your banana, cut your strawberries, and put all aside with your blueberries on a large cutting board.

Fruit Basket Cake

Transfer 2/3 of the banana into a large bowl and shake drops of lemon juice over the top (be sure to stir!). This will help the banana’s from browning. Once you have finished putting lemon on the banana’s, add in 2/3 of the strawberries and 2/3 of the blueberries into the same bowl as the banana.

Fruit Basket Cake Recipe

Repeat that process again (starting with the banana’s and lemon juice) with the remaining amount of fruit in a smaller bowl.

Set the bowls aside for later use.

Whipped Topping

You will need either a stand mixer or a lot of patience for this one, it took a while for my whipped cream to form! Combine all of the ingredients ( 32OZ Container of Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar and 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla) in a large bowl or stand up mixer and beat (with a whisk or whisk attachment) on medium until the whipped cream turns from liquid to whipped creamy fluff!

Fruit Basket Cake Recipe

To Assemble Your Fruit Basket Cake

Using your big bowl of fruit, pour about 1/3-1/2 of the whipped cream into the bowl and stir the fruit into it. Make sure that the whipped cream is fully mixed in with the fruit!

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Next, take your frosting spatula and pour all of the fruit/whipped cream mixture onto the top of the first layer of cake. It will look like a lot of filling but just squish it down the best you can without any of it falling off of the cake!

fruit basket cake

When your whipped cream layer is complete, take your second layer of cake and place it on top of the whipped cream/fruit mixture. It will almost look like a giant (delish) ice cream sandwich!

fruit basket cake

Gently press the top layer onto the whipped cream/fruit mixture to make sure that it won’t move as you are frosting the cake. You will then use your frosting spatula and frost the entire cake with whipped cream! Once it is as smooth as it is going to be, top with the remaining berries/bananas and enjoy!

My only word of advice with this cake is put the bottom layer of cake on the plate/platter/tray that you plan on serving it on, once you have completed the cake you will have a challenging time moving it to another plate if needed! Also, be sure to keep this cake refrigerated!

Like this recipe? You might also enjoy this recipe for yogurt fruit salad and this recipe for Swiss Miss Pancakes!

fruit basket cake recipe


Friday 23rd of September 2022

My daughter-in-law requested a fruit basket cake for her birthday. This recipe couldn't have been any simpler and it came out just as good as the pros! Everyone loved it. I will keep this recipe in my book.


Monday 12th of September 2022

So excited to try this, fruit basket cake has been my favorite since I was little:-) it’s also great to add pineapple and peach, and coconut shavings sprinkled on the whipped cream icing:-)

Marie C

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Made for my granddaughter’s birthday but added homemade lemon curd in the middle layer (I have lots of lemons on my tree) with fruit. She loved it and asked me to make again this year.

Pam G

Monday 6th of September 2021

I made this today for my husband's birthday. So easy! Huge success.

monique s

Saturday 25th of January 2020

Love this is loaded with fruit on the inside. Such and unexcepted yummy surprise.