Poor Man’s Cake

Submitted by Chris Fowler.
Originally in the 1991 cookbook

When I was young and we didn’t have much money, I remember Mom making this for many a family dessert. It is cheap, it doesn’t dirty many dishes (always a good thing!), and you could use home-canned fruit. Delish!


1 cube margarine
1 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 jar or can of any kind of fruit


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a 9×13 pan melt margarine on top of stove.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients and add 1 large can of fruit (any kind) into pan.
  4. Bake 20-30 minutes or until it is brown and bubbly.


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