This cake turned out better than I expect. Which is not hard, considering I have very low expectations (sorry, Rose!) But I just could not bring myself to think or imagine that a cake made with tomato soup would turn out edible. If I were not so determined to bake everything from the book, I would have skip this cake in a heartbeat.
For the sake of scratching off one more cake off the list, I made 1/4 recipe, which yield 8 cupcakes, 50 grams each.
While I was prepping all the ingredients, it occurred to me that I should have just made 1/8 recipe. But oh well, it was too late.
First, I made the ganache. I usually chop chocolate by hand, no point in dirtying up the food processor.
Once the chocolate is chopped, heat up the cream and tomato soup until hot. Then add in the chocolate.
I let it sit for a minute or two, while I snap some photos. Then it only takes a dozen stir to get it looking like this.
While the ganache is "resting", I made the cake batter.
The cake was very easy to put together. Mix the egg, tomato soup, and vanilla together in a bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients in the stand mixer. Add in the butter, and then the egg mixture in two additions.
The cake batter smells pretty tomato-ey. I usually love chocolate batter and could not wait to taste test it (dipping my finger into it or licking the spatula). This time, I did not feel like trying the batter. I did anyway, and I could taste the tomato in the cake. And let me tell you it was not a good feeling.
The cupcakes baked up pretty quickly, about 17 minutes. After it cooled down, the ganache was ready as well. So I went ahead and started decorating.
Despite me not being excited about the cake batter's taste, I really liked the ganache. The consistency is excellent as well. Very smooth and creamy and easy to apply to the cupcakes.
To make it prettier, I made some stabilized whipped cream and piped little rosettes.
Topped with the chocolate pearls from Whole Foods and served with decaf coffee.
This is pretty good. I liked what the tomato soup does to the chocolate cake. And by this I mean the it taste different, not like a typical chocolate cake. I can't really describe it. If I didn't know there's tomato in the cake, I would not be able to guess what it is. I liked the ganache as well. But even though I liked it, I would not go as far to say I will make this again (except maybe to bring to parties and have people guess what it is). I still can't get over the weirdness of eating a cake with tomato soup inside.