Shanghai style rice cake soup


Published: Apr 2, 2021 · Modified: Mar 10, 2022 by Kate Hackworthy · This post may contain affiliate links ·




Make this magic Tomato Soup Cake! It"s based on a classic retro 1950s recipe, with a whole can of soup in it. You can"t taste the soup in the moist & fluffy spice layer cake.

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I know, you"re thinking TOMATO SOUP CAKE???? I was too. & then I tried it...

The results are a super moist, bright orange cake that tastes just lượt thích a boxed spice cake. But it"s all from scratch.

I"ve tweaked the original 1950s recipe that was printed on cans a little to make it into a layer cake, rather than a loaf.

If you"re going lớn make a cake with soup, you might as well turn it into a layer cake, right?

You’ll start by making a basic cake recipe with simple ingredients, plus, yup, condensed tomato soup. It"s a super easy recipe.

Add homemade cream cheese frosting for a unique cake that’s uncommonly delicious!

If you would have told me that I would have been adding a can of savory condensed tomato soup to a cake recipe, I wouldn’t have believed it!

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But after making this cake, I’m glad I did because this cake tastes better than I could have imagined & brings a retro feel to dessert.

Campbell’s soup published this recipe on their cans of condensed tomato soup in the 1940s though it was said khổng lồ have been around since the 1920s. An eggless version became popular during wartime rationing in WWII.

Believe it or not, the soup doesn’t offer a strong flavor lớn the mystery cake! Nobody would know it"s in there.

However, it does địa chỉ cửa hàng a beautiful orange-red màu sắc and moist texture that pairs well with the warm spices & tangy homemade cream cheese frosting.

It tastes just lượt thích a boxed spice cake, and nobody will guess that there"s a whole can of condensed tomato soup in there.

Go on, make this magic tomato soup cake. I dare you!

Why You"ll Love This Recipe

By serving tomato soup cake, you’ll take everyone back lớn the 1950s for some retro nostalgia.

You won’t’ be able to lớn taste tomato soup in this cake which means there won’t be a battle for sweet và savory. It just tastes lượt thích spice cake.

It"s a really moist and tender cake.

The homemade cream cheese frosting gives a great sweet và tangy texture and flavor that pairs well with the flavors of the spice cake.

You can ask your guests khổng lồ guess the mystery ingredient. I bet they can"t!

The bright orange màu sắc is visually stunning & comes from the natural colors in the soup.

This cake was also a wartime recipe during rationing, so you could make it for a WWII school project. During that time, they wouldn"t have made it with eggs & would have had much less sugar.

The texture is light và fluffy but still moist making it the perfect type of cake lớn serve at a buổi tiệc nhỏ or for a weeknight dessert.

Add in your favorite chopped nuts or dried fruits to add flavor và texture.

The original cake recipe appeared printed on soup cans & magazines from the 1920s - 1970s. So it"s perfect for a retro party.


Ingredients và Tools

Condensed Tomato Soup - The star of this cake, this ingredient makes the cake moist và colors it beautifully.You use the contents of the can as they are (don"t dilute with water).Baking Soda và Baking Powder - Help the cake rise và become light & fluffy.When you showroom the baking soda lớn the soup, it will froth và fizz a bit!White Sugar - Gives the cake its sweet taste.Unsalted Butter - Adds a rich texture và buttery taste.The soup has salt in it, so be sure to lớn use unsalted butter.Eggs - Help bind the ingredients together & set the cake properly.Vanilla Extract - Infuses a light sweet vanilla flavor throughout.All-Purpose Flour - This is the main dry ingredient that forms the cake batter.Cinnamon, Nutmeg và Allspice - The combination of these 3 warming spices give the cake a great comforting flavor.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Cream Cheese & Butter - You’ll need both of these ingredients at room temperature to form a creamy, tangy smooth frosting.Powdered Sugar - Blends well with the cream cheese and butter, adds structure to lớn the frosting & sweetens it.Vanilla Extract - Pairs well with tangy cream cheese & butter.


Mixing bowlElectric mixer - to lớn beat the butter, sugar và eggs2 x 8" (20cm) round cake pansSieve or sifterOven

Step By Step Tutorial

Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe thẻ for the full ingredients list và method.

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Prepare the cake for baking by preheating the oven lớn 350F/175C. Lightly grease 2 x 8-inch/20cm round cake pans.

Add the condensed tomato soup to lớn a bowl (don"t dilute the soup with water) and stir in the baking soda (it will fizz a little). Mix aside while prepping the rest of the ingredients.

Beat the sugar và butter together, then beat in the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated, then showroom the vanilla extract.


Mix in the tomato soup. (Note: it might ‘split’ slightly but don’t worry, it will come together with the flour).

Sift in the flour, baking powder, and spices, then gently mix to combine with a wooden spoon and not the mixer. Don’t overmix, but ensure no streaks of flour remain.


Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely then spread with frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Beat the cream cheese và butter together with an electric mixer until smooth.Add the powdered sugar and vanilla và beat until smooth.


All refrigerated ingredients need khổng lồ be at room temperature before baking khổng lồ ensure even cooking inside the cake.

For this recipe, use unsalted butter as the tomato soup already contains salt.

The cake needs to lớn be completely cooled before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting or running.

You’ll need to make sure you purchase condensed tomato soup only and DO NOT địa chỉ cửa hàng water. Use the full can undiluted in the cake.

To make sure the cake stays light & fluffy, vì not overmix the ingredients. Once you phối the dry ingredients in, use a wooden spoon & fold until there are no flour streaks present without overmixing.

Serving Suggestions

Serve for dessert at a holiday dinner along with this stunning Stuffed Butternut Squash.

Have a slice of tomato soup cake with some friends và a glass of Cucumber Collins.

Top with this Tangy Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting as a dairy-free frosting alternative.

Pairs well with a thick glass of Almond Milk Egg Nog.



Add your favorite dried fruit lớn the batter such as raisins, cranberries or golden raisins.

Give tomato soup cake a nutty crunch with chopped walnuts, pecans, or cashews in the batter or on vị trí cao nhất as a crunchy topping.

To add a fresh spicy flavor, grate in 1-2 tablespoon of fresh ginger và fold it into the cake batter.

Add in some freshly shredded carrots for a tomato soup carrot cake for Easter.

Try it with caramel frosting.

What to lớn make your tomato soup cake into cupcakes, bundt, sheet cake, loaf or other pan sizes? kiểm tra out these pan form size conversions.

Special diets

To Make Gluten Free: khổng lồ make this recipe gluten free, use a gluten không tính phí flour blend that contains xanthan gum to replace the all-purpose flour.

To Make It Vegan: This recipe can be made vegan by substituting the eggs for an egg replacer (try flax eggs) and replacing the cream cheese và butter for vegan versions. This recipe has not been tested with vegan ingredients.

NOTE: I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims khổng lồ the contrary. If you have a food allergy or intolerance you should determine whether the ingredients in each recipe are suitable for you.


Storing: This cake can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or countertop for 3-4 days. Make sure the container is airtight khổng lồ keep the cake from drying out.

Freezing: Freeze this tomato soup cake by wrapping individual slices in plastic wrap and adding lớn a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Let thaw on the countertop before serving.


Can I turn this cake set into tomato soup cupcakes or muffins?

Yes! Pour the batter into greased muffin tins & bake at 350 for đôi mươi minutes or until cooked through for best results.

Would this work in a bundt pan?

You can pour the batter into a greased bundt pan và bake at 350F for about 50-60 minutes or until baked through completely.

Where can I find condensed tomato soup?

You can find canned condensed tomato soup in the soup can section of your grocery store. Make sure it is plain, from concentrate, và does not contain any extra seasonings or spices as they may alter the flavor of the cake.

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