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Thunder Cake (Tomato Soup Spice Cake) Recipe

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This recipe for Thunder Cake (Tomato Soup Spice Cake), by , is from The MACY Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Condensed Tomato Soup
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1/4 cup water

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar

Heat the oven to 350F. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.
Stir the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, allspice, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl. Add the soup, shortening, eggs and water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed just until blended. Increase the speed to high and beat for 4 minutes. Pour the batter into the pan.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
Beat the cream cheese, milk and vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is creamy. Slowly beat in the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is the desired consistency. Frost the cake with the cream cheese mixture.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
When I used to work for Santa Cruz City Schools, I assisted one of the librarians when she was doing Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. This recipe was included in the book. This is a great activity to share with your kids. It is also very moist and delicious. I hope you enjoy and maybe create your own memories. Thanks Sharon Maxwell.




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