Heinz Ketchup Cake

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Maybe you’ve heard of the Heinz ketchup cake, but like me didn’t believe it existed. Why would anyone make a cake out of ketchup?  After some searching, I found that the Heinz ketchup cake is, in fact a thing and it was created last year to celebrate Heinz 100th anniversary.  As someone who enjoys a glob of ketchup on my poutine, I decided to make the cake, curious of its taste - it’s not as outrageous as you would think.  It tastes very similar to a carrot or spice cake.  The recipe calls for only ½ cup of ketchup mixed with water.  Ketchup is made of high fructose corn syrup and distilled vinegar so adding it to a cake batter isn’t that wacky.  The sugar adds to the sweetness and vinegar is a common ingredient in baked goods. The original recipe calls for red food colouring to help increase the red pigment of the cake.  I decided to forego that step, not wanting to add unnecessary extras into the batter. Because I omitted the food color, the cake is more brown, like a spice cake, rather than a cake made of ketchup.  I finished the dessert with a cream cheese icing.  Would I make it again? Perhaps but only as a conversation starter for a group of friends but then again, it is a cake and cake is great any day.  Try it for yourself.

You’ll need:

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp nutmeg

½ cup water

½ cup ketchup

2 tbsp red food colouring

1 ½ cups butter

1 ½ cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

Heat oven to 350. Spray two 9 inch round pans with cooking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Mix ketchup, water, and food colouring in a separate bowl until blended.

Beat ¾ cup butter and brown sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture with ketchup mixture, mixing well. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely and ice with favourite icing. 

-Chrissy

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