Tomato soup … in a cake? We tried the Campbell's recipe from 1949

Tomato soup … in a cake? We tried the Campbell's recipe from 1949

2/23/2021 1:52:00 AM

Tomato soup … in a cake? We tried the Campbell's recipe from 1949

This was the first recipe ever to be distributed on a Campbell's can.

Courtesy Campbell'sEasy Tomato Soup Spice CakeCampbell'sThe recipe is simple: Combine a box of spice cake mix with a can of Campbell's tomato soup, eggs and water and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Frost with homemade or canned cream cheese frosting and your tomato soup cake is ready to serve.

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Intrigued by this retro recipe, I tested out the Campbell's cake in my own kitchen. Boxed spice cake mix was hard to find in stores, so I followed Campbell's suggestion of taking a box of yellow cake mix and adding one tablespoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice.

In addition to a box of spice cake mix and a can of Campbell's tomato soup, water and eggs get mixed into the cake batter.Terri Petersboxed spice cake mixesI've used in the past.Dumping a can of tomato soup into such a sweet-smelling mixture seemed strange to me, and there was no disguising the fact that there was soup in the batter: My whole kitchen smelled as if I were warming tomato soup on my stove.

The batter immediately took on the scent of tomato soup when mixed.Terri PetersWhen I separated the batter into two round pans and loaded them into my oven, I was still a bit nervous: Each time I'd open the oven to check on the cakes, the strong scent of tomato soup wafted out.

However, when I removed the cakes from the oven and left them on the counter to cool, the tomato-y smell had disappeared. All that was left was the fragrant aroma of spice cake.The cake, which I iced with store-bought cream cheese frosting in keeping with the recipe, was spiced perfection, with all the flavors I expected from a spice cake but a deepened level of flavor and moistness from the addition of the soup.

Even my kid who isn't a fan of tomato soup liked this flavorful spice cake. Read more: »

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joppagirl14 tomatosoupcake 😊 Nope. Sorry. Add raisins and nuts! My mother has made this (from scratch) forever I remember this 😍 I might have to try this... 😏 🤢 My Grandmother made this cake all the time. It was fantastic. I want to try this now! Nope! I’ll pass.