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Tomato Soup for the Soul

25 September 2009 4,237 views No Comment

As the weather inches towards winter, I’ve started thinking more about soup. There are few things more comforting or evocative than soup. After all, one of the most infamous artists of the 20th Century, Andy Warhol, was obsessed with the stuff.

campbellAs M. F. K. Fisher author of our recent book club selection said, “It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without soup or bread in it.”

Fisher features a recipe for Tomato Soup Cake in her book “How to Cook a Wolf,” published first in the 1940s. She notes that it was useful in the 1930′s during the Depression and was made with no eggs and little butter. It has been called by many names over the years including Mystery Cake and Conversation Cake.

Here is my version of the cake, with cinnamon cream cheese frosting:


And book club buddy April of the Hungry Engineer created her own version of the cake:

tomato cake

I preferred April’s but she did make a practice batch so this was her second try. However, I had the cream cheese icing helping in my favor. In either case, both cakes were enjoyed by our book club and again the next morning at work. No one could believe that the cake was made with good ‘ole Campbells.

If you’re interested in checking out the recipe, and reading more about the history behind Tomato Soup Cake, check out the great blogs by CakeSpy and Feasting on Art.

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