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Summer Fresh Tomato Cake

Updated on October 26, 2015
Bumper crop from last year
Bumper crop from last year
Pretty Yummy!
Pretty Yummy!
5 stars from 5 ratings of Tomato Cake

Don't waste your bumper crop

Soon we all will be over run with our bumper crop of Tomatoes. This dessert cake is a unique way to use some of them up. Topped with Cream Cheese Frosting it is similar to Carrot Cake.

I changed it up a bit.
I didn't peel the tomatoes, but instead, I pureed them.
I didn't add raisins or dates, but doubled the walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups ripe tomatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup raisins, chopped, optional

Instructions

  1. Cream/mix sugar and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well. Add all dry ingredients, mix well Stir in tomatoes, nuts, dates, and raisins.
  2. Place into greased and floured 9x13 baking pan. Bake in 350'F oven for 35 minutes or until cake tests done with toothpick. Frost with Cream Cheese frosting.

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Tomato soup? cool! I bet it nice and moist. Thanks for the nice comment. I'll have to check out your recipe...use fresh toms in the summer and soup for the winter ;) Seasonal variations LOL

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, my! How cool! I recently published a hub reviewing Sylvia Plath's tomato soup cake. So the idea wasn't crazy, as you're using fresh tomatoes instead of soup. It really is a lot like carrot cake, but better I think. Darker and more savory. Interesting. Glad I came across this!

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Sherry, thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Moon, I don't think your kids will even know they are in there unless you tell them ;) Thanks for voting!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It sounds interesting, I'll certainly give it a try. I 'll have plenty of tomatoes and I love carrot cake.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      This sounds good. My kids wouldn't eat it. They won't eat tomatoes but my husband and I love them. Voted.

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      You're welcome Mhatter99!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Levertis, isn't it sad when we lose recipes from our family. I often think of great yummies from way back when and think why didn't someone write it down.

      Even the foods I wasn't crazy about I find myself craving them now! Like Mustard Green soup. I was sent into the field to pick Mustard Greens..thats all I know of the receipe! LOL I wish I would have asked my Mother to show me how to make them. Most things were from memory and never written down. Ah, the things we take for granted.

      Thank you for commenting. Tomato Pie, never heard of that one either ;)

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      One of my aunts made great tomato pies when I was a youngster, but she passed away a few years ago. Now, there is no one in my family who makes them. I remember that the tomatoes had to be red, ripe, and sweet. Tomato cake? Interesting! I will try it.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Claudia I was surprised too. But when I was over run with Tomatoes I went searching in some old cookbooks and found it. :)

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      How very creative and what a great idea!!!! Tomatoes are indeed kind-a-sweet and they must go well in a cake such as this; nevertheless, I would have never imagined including them in a dessert preparation. I would like to try your recipe.

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Riverfish24, You can leave off the frosting if you like. It tastes good either way. Very similar to Carrot Cake...delish with or without the frosting. ?

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      emilybee, you're welcome ?

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Enjoy!

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Wow, I have never heard of a cake being made with Tomatoes!! This is a new one that I am going to try..does it come out regular sweet tasting?, all curious here!! Very interesting..

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      This is so awesome. I bet it is delicious. If I had that many tomatoes I'd make this for sure. Thanks for sharing!