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Chocolate Spice Tomato Soup Cupcakes

Chocolate Tomato Cupcakes

Although it sounds like it uses a strange combination of ingredients, my Tomato Soup Cake is a big hit every time that I make it. The moist, spicy cake is an old recipe and is very flavorful. You would never guess that it calls for condensed tomato soup in the recipe – most people just ask for seconds! I usually make the recipe as a simple spice cake, but thought that I would try a chocolate version a try for a little variety.

These Chocolate Spice Tomato Soup Cupcakes are reminscent of carrot cake, with a moist, spicy texture and a hint of warmth from the condensed tomato soup in the batter. I actually prefer to use tomato juice (or V8 juice) in these cakes because I am a lot more likely to have it in my kitchen than a can of condensed tomato soup. The chocolate flavor comes both from unsweetened cocoa powder and from mini chocolate chips. It may not seem like a lot of chocolate, but you do get a good chocolate flavor in the finished cakes and it balances well with the cinnamon and clovers in the batter.

I generally use cream cheese frosting on spice cakes and that is a good choice for these, as well. That said, it never hurts to have a little more chocolate on a chocolate cupcake, so I opted for a chocolate sour cream frosting, instead. The frosting comes together very quickly in the microwave and has a smooth, slightly fudgy texture to it. Make sure to add in the confectioners’ sugar gradually and beat it in well to ensure a glossy frosting that is not too thick to spread easily.

Chocolate Tomato Cupcakes

Chocolate Tomato Soup Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup tomato juice/V8 juice/condensed tomato soup
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Ling 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in spices, cocoa powder, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract until well blended. Stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by the tomato juice, followed by the remaining flour mixture. Mix only until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in mini chocolate chips (or finely chopped chocolate).
Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Makes 16.

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
6-oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 – 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Melt together chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, or until close to room temperature, then stir in the sour cream, salt and vanilla extract. When smooth, blend in (with an electric mixer) about 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Gradually add in remaining confectioners’ sugar until a smooth, spreadable consistency is reached.

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  • Pam
    March 30, 2011

    Oh my gosh! I’m drooling here and would love to have one of them now. They look great!

  • Pendle13
    March 30, 2011

    I read your blog religiously and think every recipe you have posted sound fantastic. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  • Becca@bakingmonster
    March 30, 2011

    These remind me of black bean cupcakes, these look so interesting!

  • Lacey
    March 30, 2011

    I still can’t get over the tomato soup + chocolate hangup I have. I’m afraid mixing the batter would gross me out. Does the batter come together smelling funky, or is it pretty easy to get past?

  • Interesting. I can see that it would work well.

    I love random fruit and veg in cakes and bakes! Try toffee pudding using carrots and parsnips!

  • Jenny W
    March 31, 2011

    This recipe is intriguing. I am printing it out right now, thinking I might make these for my son’s birthday!

  • dena
    March 31, 2011

    I’ve only had this cake with chocolate, never your other version. My mother would make it for April Fool’s Day, alternating years with chocolate sauerkraut cake.

  • Pattypro
    March 31, 2011

    I have, and use, my mom’s ancient recipe for TSC, but have never seen a chocolate version. How can it not be good?! I’m too lazy to make cupcakes, so I will bake it as a sheet cake. Love chocolate sour cream frosting as well…great choice!
    I needed some inspiration for a dessert for tonight, and you’ve saved the day, thank you!

  • Pattypro
    April 2, 2011

    I did, in fact, make this for Thursday’s dessert, and it was a big hit. Even some folks who never have seconds on dessert went back for more. I (gratefully) took home an empty pan! This will go into regular rotation. Thanks so much, Nicole.

  • Brandy
    April 15, 2011

    So glad to have found this recipe! Our monthly family dinner this month is VeggieFest. Last month was BaconFest and we all needed to recover from that. I’ve been looking all over for a good dessert with a veggie in it…and I hate carrot cake, so that was out. Rhubarb is out of season, rhubarb strawberry pie was out. This will be just perfect!

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