Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thunder Cake

The name for this cake is derived from a story in my son's 2nd grade Calvert School reading book. It is an excellent chocolate cake. In fact, while I hate all chocolate flavored baked goods (I am a chocolate purist, and will eat a lot of it, if given the chance), I tried this cake the first time I made it, and I loved it! Just don't tell anyone about the "secret ingredient", because they will become suspicious of the cake.


Sift together and set aside:
2-1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Beat until stiff and set aside
3 egg whites

Cream together, in this order, one at a time:

1 cup butter
1-3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup finely pureed tomato
1 cup cold water

Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

Fold in the egg whites.

Pour into generously greased and lightly floured 8" layer pans. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely and frost.

The original recipe called for chocolate frosting, but I use buttercream frosting.

There was just under half a cake left after dessert last night, but it all disappeared during breakfast today. Is this nota testament to its great flavor? (Or is it just because there are 9 people in the house at present?)


Annette said...

Hi Marjie,
Thanks for posting the recipe. We started Calvert later than 2nd grade, so I never had the recipe for Thunder Cake. Can I use tomato pate in place of the minced tomato?
Really enjoy your blog & the food!

Annette said...

Ooops...I meant tomato paste....

Marjie said...

Hi, Annette, It seems to me that you would have to mix 2 tbsp. of tomato paste with 3 tbsp. of water to get about the same consistency and volume as the minced tomato. If there's any salt in the paste, you might want to cut down the salt in the recipe, too!