Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Baking: Husband Cake from a 1949 recipe booklet

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A Very Popular Cake from the past. It is sometimes called Spiced Tomato Soup Cake. I found it called Husband Cake in a vintage recipe booklet from 1949 that I picked up at a garage sale. I baked the cake in a 9x13 pan but found many similar recipes online that were baked in bundt pans.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 can tomato soup
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp cloves
2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts and raisins or nuts and dates

Cream shortening and sugar.

Rinse soup can with 2 Tablespoons of water and add to soup. Add soda to soup. mix well, and add to creamed mixture. Sift Dry ingredients together and add fruit and nuts. Beat Well and bake in a rectangular pan 40 minutes at 350 degrees.


Cream together 1 pkg cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Add 1 egg yolk, last and mix well. Let stand 10 minutes, then spread on cake.

(I left out the egg yolk and added a few tablespoons of whole milk)


Amateur Cook said...

Can't say "What will we think of next?" 'cause this recipe has been around for decades! Must have originally been dreamed up by some bored housewife with a spare tin of tomato soup.

Kelly said...

I've seen a similar recipe in my Campbell's cookbook, but never tried it. It looks really yummy -- kinda like carrot cake.

Sharon Fisher-England said...

I'll have to try this! I absolutely love vintage recipes and cookbooks.

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Theresa said...

Very interesting.


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MYSAVIOR said...

I adore vintage recipes - the best!


Lizzi said...

What does it taste like? It looks like a normal cake :-)

Julia Badgley said...

Why is it called that?! Perhaps it's sure to snag a man? ;)

Angels and Everlastings said...

Very interesting recipe. I'd love to taste it!

Steph said...

Thanks For all your Comments! It was just like a Spice Cake. I used good quality cinnamon and grated nutmeg- So it was very flavorful. The cake Smelled great when baking and Very easy to make so will make again.

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