Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ketchup Cake

To thank Canadians for 100 years of support, Heinz has created The Great Canadian Heinz Ketchup Cake.

It looks ok in the photo, but I still think Ketchup goes well with French Fries... not dessert... ;)
I think alty ketchup and sweet dessert don't really go well with each other.


The commemorative cake from Heinz tastes much like carrot cake and makes 12 servings.


2 cups (500 mL) All-purpose flour

2 tsp (10 mL) Baking powder

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) Ground cinnamon

1 tsp (5 mL) Baking soda

1/2 tsp (2 mL) Each ground nutmeg and ginger

1/2 cup (125 mL) Heinz Tomato Ketchup

1/2 cup (125 mL) Water

2 tbsp (30 mL) Red food colouring

3/4 cup (175 mL) Butter, softened

11/2 cups (375 mL) Dark brown sugar, packed

2 Eggs


6 oz (175 g) Brick-style cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup (175 mL) Butter, softened

1 tsp (5 mL) Vanilla extract

4 cups (1 L) Icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease two, 9-inch (23-cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Stir the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and ginger into a bowl. Stir the ketchup, water and colouring in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Beat the butter and blend in the sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggs. Add the flour mixture and ketchup mixture. Beat on low, scraping down the bowl as needed, until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for one minute.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the centre springs back when touched lightly.

Cool the cakes for 15 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool completely.

Frosting: Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually beat in the sugar on low, scraping the bowl as needed. Beat on high until fluffy.

Frost between the cake layers and over the sides and top of the cake.



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