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TOMATO SOUP CAKE

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Do any of you have recollections of a mother or grandmother making tomato soup cake? Would you be willing to share...

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  1. Not personally but my guess is this is the chocolate cake from the joy of cooking older editions? You might have some luck if you post on Home Cooking...

    1. I haven't had any, but www.campbellskitchen.com may offer a recipe.

      I am sure it's on their website, if it's well known. Good luck.

      1. I gogled it, and there are several recipes for it.

        1. Oh yes, corporate food at its finest! I've made this for potlucks--as an icebreaker, you can challenge people to guess the secret ingredient. I don't know where I got the recipe, as neither my mom nor my grandmothers baked at all, but I've had it since college. It's basically a spice cake that uses a can of tomato soup as a binder, which sort of makes sense, as tomatoes are fruits. There are two versions, scratch and shortcut:

          Scratch

          2 c flour
          1 1/3 c sugar
          4 tsp baking powder
          1 tsp baking soda
          1 tsp allspice
          1 tsp cinnamon
          1/2 tsp ground cloves
          1 can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
          1/2 c butter or shortening
          2 eggs
          1/4 c water
          1/2 c chopped nuts (optional)
          1/2 c raisins (optional)

          Sift all the dry stuff, add the wet stuff and mix thoroughly. Turn into a greased 13x9 and bake at 350 for 25 - 35 min (use the toothpick test).

          Shortcut

          1 box spice cake mix
          1 can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
          1/2 c water
          2 eggs
          1/2 c nuts (optional)
          1/2 c raisins (optional)

          Bake per package directions.

          Either way, I frost with a cream cheese icing.

          1. I am British, but my mom was American - as a young child I remember being given tomato soup cake (baked in empty vegetable cans) to take to school - I don't recall why I took cake to school, for bake sales perhaps.
            All my school friends thought the cake looked wierd. I don't remember anyone at school tasting it, but we ate it at home too and I loved the circular slices of orange coloured spicy cake.