Food In Fiction: Thunder Cake

When I said I was going to base some recipes on food found in my favorite fiction book, Todd Daily sent me this recipe from a children’s book called, you guessed it, Thunder Cake.  I am going to make it, just haven’t gotten around to it…waiting for a special occasion, which may come up later this month.   I have now read the book by Patricia Polacco about overcoming her fear of thunderstorms by gathering  the ingredients for the cake with her grandmother.  Here is her recipe:

Thunder Cake!

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together one at a time:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, separated ( blend yolks in. Beat whites until they are stiff, then fold in.)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup pureed tomatoes

Sift together:

  • 21/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup dry cocoa
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix dry mixture into creamy mixture. Bake in two greased and floured 81/2 inch pans at 350 degree for 35 to 40 minutes. Frost with chocolate butter frosting. Top with strawberries.  ENJOY!!!

Thanks Todd for sharing both the book and the recipe with  me.

4 thoughts on “Food In Fiction: Thunder Cake

  1. it was a “normal” chocolatey cake / the tomato soup added moisture rather than tomato flavor / it is interesting to me how many vegetables are now common in cakes and other sweet desserts : obviously, the ubiquitous zucchini ! i have made the zucchini cake with yellow squash too / and for a tasty rich chocolate cake there are recipes using beets. the beets add moisture and colour (wonderful) but not a beety taste in sight.

    sign me just an old foodie / i recall now that after the tomato soup cake came the mayonnaise cake / the mayo being just like shortening / the Joy of Cooking then had a recipe for “apple pie” made with green tomatoes / it worked except when i told guests it was green tomatoes instead of apples they didnt want to eat it / smile / this chain of memory also recalls Ritz crackers having a recipe on the box for an “apple pie” made with Ritz crackers as the filling

    oh yes, i finally made the hearty tomato soup which is the recipe brought me over here / i used potato instead of flour for thickener and roasted tomatoes that were meant to be canned / i love it


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