Do you have a gazillion tomatoes, like so many that they are practically coming out of your ears? Me too.... Me too. This year the tomatoes have been gang busters, a explosion of the sweetest and most delicious fruit and now I have tomatoes littered everywhere, tucked into all the corners and baskets all over the house. It's getting kinda tomato crazy over here.
I can only eat so many tomatoes a day before all I have eaten are tomatoes and I start to feel slightly sick. Same with the mr, he has been a tomato eating champ as well but I think he was getting a little bored with all the tomato salads that I have been making. So I thought I would try something new and make a tomato cake. I figured why the heck not, tomatoes are technically a fruit and fruit and cake are great together and yeah. So tomato cake is going to be fantastic. I also wanted to make something that the mr would eat for breakfast. I have been doing this new thing in the mornings for the mr. I have coffee ready, some breakfast food (its been zucchini bread for a while), and a little vase of fresh flowers that I pick on my morning walk, all set out on the counter for when he wakes up. I know, I am so great right. Really I do it cause I want him to eat something before working all morning and plus if I am all sweet in the morning, he can't be an old man cranky pants (at least he tries not to be). Now for the next few days the tomato cake is breakfast cake and all is good.
Anyway, the cake come out great. Bright reddish orange, dense but fluffy and most, and smells so good. The mr tells me it's amazingand I shared a chunk with some of my family and everyone (minus a little) where fans. I am for sure going to be making this again soon, although I have been toying with the idea of eggplant sweet bread (too far??) but I'll get to that later.
Now for the tomato cake!
The stuff. Flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt (all in the bowl). Brown sugar, oil, vanilla, apple cider vinegar and a few nice and juicy tomatoes.
First off, remove the core from tomatoes and cut into some chunks. Stick the chunks into a blender and blend.
Fresh and smooth tomato puree.
Now just dump the rest of the liquid stuff into the blender now and give it a whirl to mix it all up.
And pour the blended wet into the dry and mix until incorporated.
Pretty pink batter goes in a well greases bundt pan. I had got brown sugar everywhere while I was measuring it out and decided to just toss it on the cake as not to waste it...doesn't hurt.
And now the batter goes into a preheated oven to bake .
A bit of time later you have yourself a cake.
The scary part. Flip the pan and hope all that grease does it's job and the cake pops out. Lucky me this one popped out like a champ.
One de-panned, let the cake cool for a bit before cutting into it.
And now all you have left to do it eat it, so eat it.
Have a great weekend. Eat lots of tomatoes and make lots of cake.
Tomato Bundt Cake
Makes one bundt cake
- 2 -1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 -1/2 teaspoon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 large tomatoes (2 -1/2 cups after blended)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (for a tad sweeter, add another 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup of any neutral flavored oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350
Start by whisking together all the dry ingredients into a big bowl. Take tomatoes, remove core, chop into chunks, and place into a blender. Blend tomatoes until a smooth and frothy puree. Now add in the sugar, oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar and blend until incorporated. Pour wet mixture into dry and stir until combined.
Pour the cake batter into a greased (and floured if you want. I find it helps to make sure all the nooks are greases) and stick into preheated oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes until it's a dark reddish golden brown and a tester (I use a fork) comes out clean when stabbed.
Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two then invert cake, give the pan a few tap taps and hope that it comes out all nice and clean. (don't worry if a piece gets stuck, you can just dust the top with some powdered sugar)
Let cake cool and when ready, cut a slice and eat it up. I was told no glaze, but I was going to make a simple lemon glaze (lemon juice and powdered sugar) for the top. The mr said it was perfect, but glaze would have been pretty. So glaze it up if you want.