Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tomato Soup Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting-Leave Your Link

Did you know these have been around since the Great Depression ?  Did you also know that M.F.K Fisher was a fan, and was quoted as saying that "This is a pleasant cake, which keeps well and puzzles people while you are cooking other things, which is always sensible and makes you feel rather noble, in itself a small but valuable pleasure" ?  Want to learn more about the history of these head over to Cakespy and she will tell you everything you were afraid to ask and more ! Looking forward to what you thought of these and how every ones turned out. Anxious to see who tried the savory version and what you thought.

Tomato Soup Cupcakes
Makes 24

2 (10¾ oz.) cans condensed tomato soup, preferably low sodium
1 tsp. baking soda
3½ c. all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. cinnamon*
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg*
½ tsp. ground allspice*
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ c. (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp.
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs

*For a  more savory cake? Replace the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper and increase the salt to ½ tsp.

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line two twelve-cup cupcake pans with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, sprinkle baking soda over the tomato soup and stir well. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt and baking powder.
4. Beat butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy, three to four minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for a few seconds. Turn the mixer to low. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with tomato soup, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl again, and mix on low speed for a few more seconds.
5. Fill the prepared cupcake pan about three-quarters full. Bake the cupcakes 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
6. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 30 minutes in the pan, then turn them out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Mascarpone Frosting

Ingredients¾ c. (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
12 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened
4 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1. In the bowl of a standing mixer beat softened butter until it is completely smooth . Add mascarpone and beat until combined.
2. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to over beat; this will cause the frosting to lose structure. (At this point, you can tightly cover the frosting and refrigerate overnight if you want. Let it soften at room temperature before using.)
3. Fit a pastry bag with the largest tip, fill with frosting, and cover each cupcake with a big mound. If you do not have a pastry bag, use an ice cream scoop with a release mechanism; scoop the frosting and dispense it onto the top of the cupcake. You can also use an offset spatula to frost the cupcakes.
4. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days. Bring the cupcakes to room temperature before serving.


  1. sooo good!

  2. I agree, they were similar to pumpkin! I didn't make these this weekend but here's the link from when I made them in the fall.

  3. Gimmicky but good!

  4. very good! love how it was supposed to be a cheap recipe to make, and then the boys from baked added a super expensive frosting to it :)

  5. Interesting cupcake! I liked the cake part much better than the frosting part, I have to admit.




    very interesting recipe!

    This is my first post for Baked Sunday Mornings! A little late but it's Mother's Day! Thought these were very tasty!

  9. I went savory style on these... they weren't for me, but I LOVED the challenge. Such fun recipes!

    Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms!

  10. These were fun to make.

  11. Just back from the Oregon Coast-I know it's a tough life these days ! Anyway my post is up:

  12. Sorry I'm a bit late...too many lovely Mothers' Day things going on. The most fun part of this recipe was to let everyone guess that main tomato soup one guessed correctly...everyone was quite surprised.

  13. I am really late....had to work this entire weekend....bleck. Loved this cupcake!!!