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chocolate and tomato soup bundt cake

chocolate and tomato soup bundt cake


It’s the strange but good sort of a day with the Bundt Bakers. And that’s why you are being forced to partake in a recipe that uses tomato soup as one of it’s ingredients. If you think adding tomato soup in my chocolate bundt is way too weird, wait till you see what the other strange (ahem) Bunt Bakers have come up with!

chocolate and tomato soup bundt

As weird as it sounds, it is not all that uncommon – the tomato soup cake! It has been known to have made it’s presence in the depression era. And there are scores of recipes, old and new that make use of tomato soup in a chocolate cake. So I thought it fit the theme of strange but good-weird flavor combinations for Bundt Bakers and also gave me an opportunity to try making this cake in a bundt pan and see how it fared.


chocolate and tomato soup bundt cake

I really wanted to try the recipe from Rose Levy Beranbaum’sHeavenly cakes. But using a can of tomato soup was not going to happen. Yes, some may argue that there isn’t anything nutritious about a cake and that it IS made of processed flour and sugar. But the canned soups had way more unrecognizable ingredients than I could justify. So, I did end up using Rose’s recipe but I modified it a bit for altitude and used a little jar of tomato paste.  I am really not sure how different is it from the original recipe, but one thing I can tell you – it was the silkiest chocolate EVER! The crumb actually MELTS in the mouth! I am going to make tomato paste a standard in chocolate cakes from now on. It’s THAT GOOD.

chocolate and tomato soup bundt cake

Our Lovely host this month is Jen, Better known by her nom de plume, June. June blogs at How to Philosophize with Cake

Here are our strange but good-weird flavor combinations for this month! Go on! I know you are curious to find out just how weird we all are and I am happy to say we won’t disappoint!


chocolate and tomato soup bundt cake

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Chocolate and Tomato Soup Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Chocolate and Tomato Soup Bundt Cake #BundtBakers


    To make the tomato soup
  • 5 Tbs tomato paste
  • Water
  • For the cake
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups baker's sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


    Make the soup
  1. Add the tomato paste into a measuring jug and add water a little at a time, mixing well until you make one whole cup of tomato liquid like thing. We will call this the tomato soup.
  2. Cake
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F ; prepare a bundt pan.
  4. Whisk the eggs, tomato soup and vanilla extract until well combined. Add in the baking soda and baking powder and mix a bit and keep it aside.
  5. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and airy. Add in the flour and salt and mix until combined. Add in the cocoa powder and stir until everything mixes in.
  6. Add the tomato soup mixture a little at a time until well combined.
  7. Pour into the prepared bundt pan.
  8. Bake on middle rack for 50 - 60 minutes.


I used a basic ganache to top the cake with. It goes well with the cake. You can also just dust it with powdered sugar or use any other icing.

  24 Responses to “Chocolate and Tomato Soup Bundt Cake #BundtBakers”

Comments (18)
  1. tomato paste in a cake? I’ve heard of it before but never had the guts to try it. I applaud you. it’s looks amazing!

  2. Unique and interasting. I am here just because of the title of your recipe. Your cake is looking awesome. I am sure it is tasty too.

  3. Interesting that it improved the texture of the cake. I’ve had this recipe on the backburner for a while. Soon time to test it out.

  4. Tomato Soup? What?! Craziness. I would have never believe it, but you’ve sold me with the silky melt in your mouth texture. Umm, yum. I actually have Rose’s book so I’m going to have to check it out! xo

  5. Your cake is so pretty! I love the ganache and I am intrigued by the tomato soup. It is interesting that it made it silky. I have to try it!

  6. “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” I say that genius is putting tomato soup in a bundt cake. Your cake look delicious and I love the little decorations on top.

  7. This is an unusual combination but I like it, and would love to try this melt in mouth, gorgeous cake.

  8. I’ve heard of adding tomato soup but never really wanted to try it. You cake has got me thinking maybe I should try it.

  9. I’ve wanted to try tomato cake since I first heard of it a couple years ago! This looks delightful and love that you used home-made soup. YUM!

  10. Tomato soup cake is a thing? Well, the more you know! 😛 This looks delicious, love the way you decorated it with the ganache too 🙂

  11. Well this looks absolutely amazing! 😀

    This is just genius…I mean who would have thought?!!! Ahhh I would love to try a slice of this ^_^

  12. I had forgotten all about this cake. My mom used to make it for us. Thanks for the memories.

  13. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve heard of tomato soup cake before. One of my favorite baking books, by a bakery here in Brooklyn called Baked, features a tomato soup cupcake that I’ve always wanted to try. I’ve never seen one with chocolate but this one looks totally mouthwatering!

  14. Woah! Tomato soup with chocolate in a cake!!! I don´t imagine that mixture!!

  15. Woow, just looove your cake! Looks fantastic and the way of adding “tomato soup” seems really adventurous 😉 Going to try this one too, and also using tomato paste instead of the scary can of soup 😉

  16. What a fantastic cake and what a clever change. I also cringe with what’s in cans of soup but this I’d try.

  17. My old Bundt cookbook by NordicWare has a recipe for a tomato soup bundt and I’ve always been curious as to how it would taste. Now I know I need to give it and yours a try.

  18. Tomato soup and chocolate in a cake? I would never have the guts to try something like that, so kudos to you for trying and thanks for sharing the recipe. The chocolate ganache looks yummmm


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