Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Chocolate Cake with Tomato Puree

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Chocolate Cake with Tomato Puree

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Ok I know that right now you are thinking "Really Danielle? Tomatoes and chocolate? It just ain't right!". Well all I have to tell you is.."It is absolutely right and so freakin good". You know me, any chance I get to be sneaky in the kitchen... I do it. Seriously! If I can get extra veggies into my family and me, while we're eating chocolate, I have to do it. How could I not do it?

Well that is how this cake rolls. Its super moist, has veggies in it, and oh its semi-homemde, so anyone could make this bad boy. You love me a little bit more right now huh? I know..... you're welcome:) If Bettty Crocker were a real person, she'd be proud (I actually googled it. She's just a "cheery name" the heads of General Mills choose to entice us mamas to buy their mixes in the 40's. Who da thunk it?)

All you need is one box of Milk Chocolate Cake Mix*, tomato puree*, oil, and eggs. Blend these puppies together and you have the making for a delectable treat. You can share it or hog it to yourself. I totally vote for the later (although I did share it with my littles. I can't say no to those freckled faces). All you mama jamas can pull this off in under 40 minutes. Your family will be thinking how lucky they are to have a lady like you in the house, while you will chukle to yourself as they eat their veggies unknowingly. Haha! I love it!

Alright so get in that kitchen and whip up some sneaky goodness today.

Here is the recipe and you can find the link below to print it out :)

1 box Milk Chocolate Cake Mix (Super Moist)
1 1/4 cup of tomato puree
1/3 oil (I used coconut oil)
3 eggs

Blend all together in your mixer. Bake in a 9x13 pan for 30-35 minutes. I use a toothpick to test for doneness (I don't think this is a word, but I am rolling with it). If it comes out clean, you're golden. Wait for your cake to completely cool. Then you can top with my favorite chocolate frosting below. It is addicting. Just remember I warned you. :)

*I buy my cake mixes when they are $1 or less. I always try to go homemade, but having these in my food storage is great for days when the time just isn't there to whip something up completely from scratch.

*To make my tomato puree, I puree a bunch of raw tomatoes in my magic bullet (blender would work too). I then put them in freezer safe containers. I store mine in 2 cup portions. I just thaw before I plan to bake.

Chocolate Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
4 cups powdered sugar
2 squares (1 ounce each), unsweetened chocolate, melted*

Place softened butter in your mixing bowl. Beat butter for about 1 1/2 minutes, or until creamy. Stop and scrap bowl. Add corn syrup. Beat well again. Gradually add your powdered sugar, mixing until well blended. Slowly add your melted chocolate and beat well about 1 minute.

*To melt my chocolate I place about 2 cups of water into a small sauce pan. I then rest a small metal bowl on top of my pot. The water begins to boil and slowly melts the chocolate in the bowl. This is the double boiler method. You can check out this video HERE. Melting your chocolate this way, prevents your chocolate from seizing.

Print Recipe HERE

XO Danielle


  1. HEHE going to try this and use a chocolate avocado frosting. Its the only way I can get veggies in to my little monkey with out having to stand over her while bribing and pleading.

    1. Ok I need to know about that frosting. You just make chocolate frosting, but add an avocado?

  2. What a lot of people do not realize is vegetable puree will blend into what you are making and you don't really taste it! I add spinach and kale to my smoothies every morning and you can't taste it. I also add it to my egg whites and more.

    Great thinking Danielle. Looks delicious!

  3. If I have to use canned tomatoes, would tomato sauce work?

    This sounds interesting.

    1. I've never done it, but why not. Maybe thin it out with water though.

  4. Have you been reading "Thunder Cake" by Patricia Polacco? :)

    1. We love that book. That's where I first got the idea:)

  5. I've been reading that a lot of people substitute butter for a healthier avocado. I've yet to try it as I don't do much baking, but it's worth a shot right?

    1. Heck yes! You never know until you try it:> Let me know how it goes.

  6. This sounds so interesting I totally want to make it and surprise everyone afterwards that there is tomato in there ;)

  7. My favorite cake trick is to use a boxed mix (my fav is Spice Cake) and 2 cups of pumpkin puree instead of the eggs, oil, and water. We make cupcakes out of it. They are so moist and I don't feel bad having 2 (or 3 or 4).

    1. I love that too! Its my favorite in the fall:>

    2. I let my kids have Pumpkin Spice cake with scrambled eggs for breakfast some days! It is a Weight Watchers idea and I have even taken it farther by using unsweetened applesauce and yellow cake mix or thawed (frozen without sugar) raspberries and yellow cake-this is more cobbler like.


  8. Ok I know that right now you are thinking "Really Danielle? This is what I am thinking "YES"..... But this is so simple to do that I am going to make this tonight. my wife can't have "Type 1" she is. But I am so in. I love the idea from Dana to use pumkin puree (RVers would love this too). Thumbs up Dana!!


  9. Wow. really? A tomato is a FRUIT not a VEGETABLE. You aren't giving them anything healthy. And, how can you say you are giving your children good dessert if you are using a cake mix box? That's even more unhealthy than making it by hand.

  10. What a great combination of chocolate cake and tomato puree. I already tried it at home. Last Sunday I gave the birthday party to my friends. At that time I made this recipe. You know, it was made very tasty. Thank you so much for sharing the great recipe blog. To Know More :

  11. What a great combination of chocolate cake and tomato puree. I already tried it at home. Last Sunday I gave the birthday party to my friends. At that time I made this recipe. You know, it was made very tasty. Thank you so much for sharing the great recipe blog. To Know More:


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