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Tomato Soup Spice Cupcakes

Tomato Soup Spice Cake
  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 1 hr
  • serves: 24 people
  • calories: 480 1 serving

If you haven’t tried this recipe for our most famous spice cake yet, don’t let the secret ingredient scare you away. Tomato soup adds a beautiful reddish hue to this otherwise classic cupcake recipe, and keeps the cake nice and moist under the vanilla cream cheese frosting. The most fun you’ll have apart from eating Tomato Soup Spice Cupcakes is telling people what’s inside.  For a special breakfast or brunch treat, try Easy Tomato Soup Spice Waffles!  Just 4 ingredients to make warm, sweet, spiced waffles- see the Tip below for how!


cost per recipe: $7.00

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (amount divided in recipe steps below)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar


  • Tips

    • For Easy Tomato Soup Spice Waffles, combine boxed spice cake mix (1 box, about 15 ounces) with the soup, eggs and 1/2 cup water (if you can't find spice cake mix, use yellow cake mix and add 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice).  Use about 3/4 cup batter for each waffle and cook in heated Belgian waffle maker for about 4 minutes.  Drizzle with cream cheese glaze (Mix 1/2 cup softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 1/4 cup milk until smooth).  Serve with whipped topping and strawberries.  Makes about 5 large waffles.
    • For a semi-homemade layer cake, combine boxed spice cake mix (1 box, about 15-ounces), with the soup, eggs, and 1/2 cup milk. Bake in two greased and floured (8-inch) baking pans for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost with a a 16-ounce container of store-bought cream cheese frosting.
    • For classic 2-layer cake: Divide the batter between two greased and floured (8-inch) round baking pans and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool, then fill and frost with the frosting.
  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 350°F.  While the oven is heating, whisk the flour, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until the mixture is creamy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until mixed after each addition.  Add 1/4 cup milk and the soup, beating until well blended.  Add the flour mixture and beat on low just until well blended.  Line 24 muffin-pan cups with paper liners.  Divide the batter among the cups.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let the cupcakes cool in the pans on wire racks for 20 minutes.

  • Step 4

    While the cupcakes are cooling, beat the remaining 1/4 cup milk, cream cheese and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is creamy.  Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until the frosting is the desired consistency (you can add a bit more milk if needed).  Frost the cupcakes with the frosting.  Sprinkle with grated orange zest, if desired.


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  • Question about shortening

    Barbara B.
    June 17, 2020

    This is not a review, but a question (Sorry - was forced to make a rating before posting). By “shortening”, does this mean shelf stable vegetable shortening that comes in a can (Crisco) or softened butter or margarine, or liquid vegetable oil? And it would be added with the other whet ingredients? I’m asking because normally I would cream solid shortening this with the sugar and eggs, and this isn’t the method indicated.

    • Campbell Soup Company
      July 1, 2020

      By "vegetable shortening" we do mean the shelf-stable shortening such as Crisco brand. However, you could also substitute 1 stick of softened butter. With this recipe, you don't need to cream the shortening and sugar together, simply combine the ingredients as directed and then beat the mixture with an electric mixer for 4 minutes.

  • Clarification needed

    Jared B.
    May 9, 2020

    Great taste, but I would like some clarification. Are you supposed to add water (instructions on the back of the can) or just pour the condensed soup in? I mixed it with water, and it took about 20 minutes longer.

    • Campbell Soup Company
      May 10, 2020

      Hi Jared, in this recipe you should add only the amount of water called for in the ingredient list within the recipe. As a rule of thumb, when using any condensed soup in a recipe you do not need to dilute the soup per the can instructions - those instruction should only be used if preparing the product to eat as soup. When used in recipes, just follow the instructions for the particular recipe using the ingredients listed. We're so glad you enjoyed the flavor of our famous Tomato Soup Spice Cake, and we hope you will make it again!

  • Mother's Recipe

    mary w.
    December 14, 2019

    Never served 12 in our house. Never lasted more than about 15 minutes after it came out of the oven IF Daddy was around. Daddy would slice Momma and us kids a slice--1/4 inch approx -- and take the rest of the cake with him out the door as he went to work.

  • My dad’s favorite!

    Lisa J.
    November 26, 2019

    My mom has made this cake ever since I can remember. This is the recipe she used, however, for some reason they have omitted the 1 cup raisins & 1/2 cup chopped walnuts...and the fact that you can also put it in a loaf pan & bake at the same temperature for 70 comes out great every time. This is one tradition that I still do & have passed it to my children, & grandchildren

  • The picture posted above certainly wasn't baked in a 9X13 pan

    Larry C.
    September 11, 2019

    A childhood favorite.This cake is supposed to be dense and moist. Folks ruin it by adding baking powder and eggs.

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    Calories 480
    Total Fat 15 g
    Sat. Fat 8.9 g
    Cholesterol 72 mg
    Sodium 428 mg
    Total Carb 82 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 5 g

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.