OLD-FASHIONED TOMATO SOUP CAKE

Tomato soup cake is an old-fashioned spice cake you’ll want to make repeatedly. It’s topped with a delicious brown sugar cream cheese frosting that takes this classic dessert from the 1950s over the top. 

Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

❤️WHY WE LOVE IT

Old-fashioned tomato soup cake was first made popular in the 1950s when it appeared on the back of a Campbell’s tomato soup can. Many may turn their nose up at the thought of tomato soup in a cake…. but trust me, it’s delicious!

It’s a homemade spice cake, but the tomato soup adds a deep rich flavor and a delicious moist texture. Top it off with our homemade brown sugar cream cheese frosting, and you’ll be in heaven! If you enjoy homemade cakes, you may want to try Apple Spice Sheet Cake, Red Velvet Cake, or Vanilla Wafer Cake

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

White granulated sugar-adds the sweetness.

Eggs-helps create texture and leveling

Unsalted butter, softened-I use unsalted because the tomato soup does have salt in it. 

Vanilla extract-adds wonderful flavor

Can of Campbell’s Tomato CONDENSED soup-this is what makes this cake special. It adds incredible flavor, texture, and a deep dark coloring. Do not dilute the can of soup with water.

All-purpose flour-it’s a must when make a cake

Baking soda and baking powder-leveling agents

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice-these spices bring so much flavor and work so well together.

Pecans-love that subtle nuttiness with the spices.

BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Cream cheese and butter-softned so it’s easy to blend.

Brown sugar-adds a bold and rich sweetness.

Powdered sugar-it’s a must!

Vanilla extract-adds a subtleness that is needed in the frosting.

SUBSTITUTES

You can certainly use walnuts in this cake or simply leave the nuts out if you don’t like them. I’m sure you could use a different brand of tomato soup if you like, but being that this was a recipe on the Campbell’s tomato soup can, I always use Campbell’s soup. 

Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

🥣KEY EQUIPMENT

(2) 9 inch cake pans

Mixing bowl

Electric mixer

🎂HOW TO MAKE

PREPARATIONS

To prepare to bake this cake, make sure your cream cheese and butter are softened and your cake pans are greased for baking. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

COOKING

Step 1: In a bowl, combine softened butter and sugar with a mixer until creamy.

Step 2: Add eggs one at a time and continue to mix, then add in vanilla extract. 

Step 3: Add tomato soup and mix until it’s combined, do not over-mix your batter. 

Step 4: In a separate bowl, whisk together (minus pecans) all dry ingredients. 

Step 5: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined, but again, do not over-mix. 

Step 6: Pour into two greased 9-inch cake pans and cook for 25 minutes or until the center is done (test by inserting a toothpick in the middle, it should come out clean).

Step 7: Once the cake has cooled completely, you can frost it.

HOW TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

Simply mix all frosting ingredients together with a mixer and then frost cake. 

⭐PRO TIP

This frosting recipe will frost the entire cake. As you can see from the photos, we only frosted the layers of this cake so it would show the dark color of the cake. We also sprinkled crushed pecans on the top of the cake. Remember that you are using CONDENSED tomato soup and don’t dilute it with water.

Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

RECIPE VARIATIONS

You could try this cake with our nutmeg frosting or even our sour cream frosting

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I don’t like tomatoes, can you taste the tomato soup?

Nope! You would have no idea if I made this cake for you and didn’t tell you it was made with tomato soup. The soup adds a wonderful texture as well as color to this cake. It also helps enhance the spices, delivering a rich spice cake we think you’ll love. 

Can I make it in a 9X13? 

Sure, you may have to adjust the baking time a bit, but just watch it. The frosting recipe should frost a 9X13 with no issues. 

STORING AND REHEATING

This cake can be stored in the fridge or a countertop in an airtight container for 3-4 days. I honestly think this cake gets better when it sits for a day, so it’s a great dessert to make in advance.

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Old Fashioned Water Pie

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Old Fashioned Graham Cracker Cake

This cake is made with graham crackers and is a family favorite! Save this one!

Southern Jam Cake

This classic cake is one my family has enjoyed for MANY generations.

SERVING SIZE

This cake makes about 10 servings depending on the size you slice the cake. It’s delicious and never last long.

Old-Fashioned Tomato Soup Cake

Judy Yeager
This is an old fashioned tomato soup cake is a recipe from the 1950s. If you like spice cakes, you're gonna love this one!
4.87 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 10.75 ounce can of Campbell’s CONDENSED tomato soup – undiluted
  • 1 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of butter softened
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine softened butter and sugar with a mixer until creamy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and continue to mix, then add in vanilla extract.
  • Add tomato soup and mix until it’s combined, do not over-mix your batter.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together (minus pecans) all dry ingredients.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined, but again, do not over-mix.
  • Pour into two greased 9-inch cake pans and cook for 25 minutes or until the center is done (test by inserting a toothpick in the middle, it should come out clean).
  • Once the cake has cooled completely, then you can frost it.

HOW TO MAKE BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • Simply mix all frosting ingredients together with a mixer and then frost cake.
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