Alphabakes – Tomato Soup Cupcake

Once again another Alphabakes post – Thank you Ros (The More Than Occasional Baker) and Caroline (Caroline Makes) for hosting it each other. This month it is a relatively easy letter ‘T’, there are options like tarts, toffee, trifles and tiramisu. They were all great options… but I really wanted to make something more quirky 😛 my dear Readers will know by now how weird I can be 😛

So once again…jumped on Dessert Stalking, my all time favourite website and found Tomato Soup Cupcakes! I was shocked that anyone would try these cupcakes but hhahaa it sounded interested enough so I decided to head out and buy myself a can of condensed tomato soup.

As weird as this combination sounds, it tastes very much like carrot cupcakes especially when paired up with cream cheese frosting 🙂 as a matter of fact hehe it was really moist when I tried mine maybe because it was still slightly warm. I was worried that Mr Bao wasn’t even going to take a bite, because even though he likes his savoury food, I wasn’t sure if he’d like it in a cupcake hahaha

Turned out quite alright….he doesn’t love it hahaha but he said it’s quite fluffy and moist 🙂 I’ve also shared these with some of my regular testes Julz, Lianne, Julie and Loukia and so far the feedback has been better than I expected PHEW! So nervous!

Not sure that I’ll make them again anytime soon, but they were definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve made so far hehe if you like carrot cake, give this recipe a try!

Recipe – Tomato Soup Cupcakes adapted from Tiny Test Kitchen

Yield – 12 cupcakes or 24 mini cupcakes

1 cans Condensed Tomato Soup, preferably low sodium
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
255 grams (1 3/4 cup) plain flour
3/4 teaspoon. Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
85 grams Unsalted butter, at room temperature
115 grams (1/2 cup) caster sugar
100 grams (1/2 cup) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting adapted from The Cake Mistress
300 g Icing sugar, sifted
50 g Unsalted butter, room temperature
125 g Cream Cheese, slightly softened

1) Preheat oven to 165°C (325°F) and line your cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers.
2) Open and empty the can of tomato soup into a bowl and sprinkle baking soda, stir well and leave aside.

3) In another bowl, sift together, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4) Using a hand held mixer or stand mixer cream your butter and sugar until fluffy, approximately 3 to 4 minutes on medium speed.
5) Add one eggs at a time until just combine. Scrap the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is mixed evenly, turn the mixer onto a low speed, slowly add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the tomato soup. Just make sure you start and end with the flour mixture.

6) Mix until combine, and using a ice-cream scoop fill cupcakes until they are 2/3 full. Do not over fill cupcakes.

7) Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes, and test with a cake tester or skewer until it comes out clean, if undercooked bake for another 5 minutes.

8) Allow cupcakes to cook in pan before turning them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

9) In the mean time, make the cream cheese frosting. Place the sifted icing sugar and unsalted butter into a bowl and using an electric hand held mixer or stand mixer, beat until it becomes a sandy consistency.

10) Dice cream cheese into cubes or just use a spoon like me, turn your mixer to a medium speed and slowly add the cream cheese, making sure it is well combined before adding the next piece. Once all incorporated, turn your mixer to high and beat for another 5 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
11) Once cupcakes are cool, frost and decorate your cupcakes as you wish 🙂


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35 thoughts on “Alphabakes – Tomato Soup Cupcake

  1. hotlyspiced August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Good on you for trying something a little bit different Daisy. As you know, I just posted carrot and pineapple cakes on my blog. Perhaps I need to be a little more adventurous and get me a tin of condensed tomato soup. It would be very interesting to try these xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Thank you Charlie 🙂 i’m so glad I made these ~ hehe they are soooo weird but they tasted and were received better than i expected YAY! Maybe you can try making these next time you have a can of tomato soup lying around at home hehe 😀

  2. Yi @ Yi Resevation August 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm Reply

    i’ll be the first one admit that i’ve never had tomato cupcakes before (shame one me) but it sounds absolutely delicious! somehow I feel the sourness from the tomato soup would make a perfect match with the icing 🙂 I really wish I can actually sample some of these ( OK just one of them). Thanks for sharing!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply

      I’d be more than happy to share a few with you 🙂 but it’s a shame that you’re not living in Melbourne >_< It actually doesn't have any sour taste at all hehe it really does taste like carrot cake but a little bit more savoury 😛 it also goes quite well with the cream cheese frosting 😀

  3. Jeno @ Week Nite Meals August 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm Reply

    What? Tomato soup cupcake? I have never heard of this, though it does sound interesting and I can imagine how moist they must have turned out. Sometimes I wonder how do people come up with such wacky recipes, I love that you gave it a try and turned out well!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm Reply

      Thanks Jeno 🙂 i know it’s totally weird and hahaha how some people can be pretty weird out but hahaha i just wanted to try it out and it turned out better than i expected YAY! Hope you’ll try it soon too hehe xo

  4. Choc Chip Uru August 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply

    That is the cutest little idea for cupcakes ever 🙂
    A meal in a cupcake!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm Reply

      Thanks Uru 🙂 they were weirdly sweet, savoury and very moist!

  5. Vien August 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Interesting flavour!!!!! But i’m not a big fan of tomatoes… 😛
    ps. I love your cupcake liners!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I got them in HK and i’m sure u can buy them online too hehe ~ i’m a fan of tomatoes but hehe couldn’t help but try it out!

  6. theragingcook August 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm Reply

    This sounds awesome!!!! Mark Best and Ferran Adria meets Cupcakes – quirky, weird but fun!!! 😀

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm Reply

      Hahahhaa totally agree weird but fun 🙂 so glad my friends liked it hehe

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Hehe I made a tomato soup cake for a family birthday and I had everyone guess what the magic ingredient was. They finally guessed! 😛

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply

      Hahha why am I not surprised you also made a similar recipe Lorraine 🙂

  8. penny aka jeroxie August 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply

    way to go girl! tomato cupcake…..

  9. ironchefshellie August 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Girl… you are cray cray!! But kudos for thinking outside the box! Not sure if I am brave enough to give these a go 😛

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 30, 2012 at 6:19 am Reply

      Hahhaa you know I do take it as a compliment when you think I’m crazy Shellie 😛

  10. winstonthehungryexcavator August 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm Reply

    Hahaha… This is the coolest cupcake everrrr, Daisy!! Thanks for making em and then sharing them with us. I can so see how it would work, would love to make them one day too! I enjoy quirky flavoured cupcakes and this is just perfect. LOVE IT =)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 30, 2012 at 6:27 am Reply

      Thanks Wince 🙂 I think because I used the regular tomato soup and not the low sodium one it was a weird savoury and sweet taste 🙂 But i think you’l like it, especially since you like carrot cake give it a go when you have time!

  11. Norma Chang August 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm Reply

    Very interesting, not into canned soup but may give this a try some day.

  12. Tina @ bitemeshowme August 29, 2012 at 8:21 am Reply

    It sure does sound interesting but I would still gobble them all down in a hurry anyways! Well done for being so creative 🙂

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 30, 2012 at 7:12 am Reply

      Thanks Tina I can’t take credit for it 🙂 But it was definitely fun to make and very quirky tasting hehe

  13. Hannah August 29, 2012 at 9:31 am Reply

    You know, this totally makes sense! Tomatoes are a fruit, and there’s usually so much sugar in tomato sauce and soup… teehee, this makes me laugh.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 30, 2012 at 7:49 am Reply

      Hahhha hey that’s true 😛 I totally forgot that tomatoes are a fruit hehhe

  14. Cupcake Crazy Gem August 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Wow this is brave! I love the little polka dot cupcake cases you baked them in – so cute! and a very inventive bake for alphabakes!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 30, 2012 at 7:54 am Reply

      Thanks Gem 🙂 I bought them in HK hehe and i’m sure you can get them online too ~ i can’t take credit for creating it though 😀

  15. Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad and Mixed Veg August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply

    I challenge you to make cream of mushroom soup cupcakes 🙂 Hahaha.
    I would never have thought to make tomato cupcakes, but as you have some spices in there, I can see it could work:) Well done for taking a risk and trying something ‘strange’ 😉

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 30, 2012 at 8:09 am Reply

      Hahhaha You’re too funny Kim 😛 I don’t think mushroom soup cupcakes are gonna taste very nice >_< these really aren't my favourite cupcakes hehe but i'm glad i gave it a go 😀

  16. gourmetgetaways August 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Wow!! They really are quite unique… I am not
    Sure about the flavours combination but they look very cute 🙂

  17. gourmetgetaways August 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Oh and I love the cute little ice-cream cups 🙂

  18. Zoe August 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Hi Daisy,

    I’m Zoe from Melbourne too. You are so creative baking these tomato soup cupcakes. Glad that I found your blog. Now following you via Twitter.

  19. bakingaddict August 31, 2012 at 9:03 am Reply

    Thanks for sending these to AlphaBakes. I have a tomato soup cake on my to bake list that I’ve not gotten round to yet. I love your cupcake cases – super cute!

  20. liannelow August 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm Reply

    i was lucky and had the chance to have these amazing cupcakes! Love love love the savoury and sweet combination! (: noms noms noms! x

  21. Mich - Piece of Cake September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Wow, tomato cupcakes! This is something different. It looks delicious and moist.

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