My latest cake. A simple 25th Anniversary cake. Inside homemade chocolate. Hope they liked it.
Today is Canada’s 146th Birthday. Despite being the brunt of many jokes (no, it really isn’t like the movie Strange Brew) I am truly proud to be Canadian.
This year I wanted to make a Canada Day Dessert. I thought about doing something truly Canadian such as Nanaimo Bars, Butter Tarts or Beaver tails, but I decided to go with something that was Red and White. I didn’t want to do the same old Red Velvet Cake I had made 14 of, two years ago for my friend’s wedding (Happy Anniversary Jen!), I wanted something different. Then I remembered a recipe I saw quite a few months ago that I knew would be perfect!
I found this recipe on the back of a Heinz Ketchup bottle. Yes, really, on the back of a Ketchup bottle! I am a huge ketchup fan, and it can ONLY be Heinz, as they say, “Heinz, there are no other kinds”. Anyways, The recipe is called “Great Canadian Ketchup Cake”. I am sure your face shriveled all up, did a bit of a head twist and thought ewwwwwwww! I was optimistic, I envisioned it tasting like a cake my aunt makes with tomato soup in it, it reminds me of spice cake. With a name like Great Canadian….I knew it was what I would make, and it was perfect, Red and White.
Great Canadian Ketchup Cake
Adapted from heinzitup.com
2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons cinnamon
1 Teaspoons baking soda
1/2 Teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 Cups Heinz Tomato Ketchup
1/2 Cups water
2 Tablespoons red food colouring
3/4 Cups butter, softened
1 1/2 Cups packed dark brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease two 9-inch
1. Stir the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and ginger into a bowl, set aside.
2. Stir the ketchup, water and colouring in a separate bowl. Set aside.
3. Beat the butter and blend in the sugar in a large bowl until smooth.
4. Beat in the eggs.
5. 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 1 minute.
Same colour as the mixer
Looks just like my Red Velvet batter
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the centre springs back when touched lightly.
**This is when I know things are going down hill and quickly. As optimistic as I was this cake smelled horrible! Normally anything baking smells delicious, not this cake. My house reeked of a what smelled like hot Ketchup and vinegar, it kind of took your breath away. Nowhere did I smell the cinnamon or nutmeg, ewww!
8. Cool the cakes for 15 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool completely.
**Normally as the cake is cooling I would make the icing so it is ready when the cake has cooled. This time I held off, I thought I would try the cake first before making the icing. I didn’t want to waste all the good butter and cream cheese if the cake was not good.
After it cooled, I tried a piece, i figured if it was good I would fill the hole with icing….
All I can say is “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW” this was horrible! No amount of Cream Cheese Icing was going to make this cake taste good. I was quite disappointed. Though I am glad I tried it, I will never make it again, nor would I recommend you try it. Sorry Heinz, but I will stick to using huge amounts of Ketchup as a condiment, not for baking!
This is where the cake ended up…
I can’t believe it has been over 2 months since I have posted! I have been recovering from surgery that has kept me off my feet for quite some time. I was going through withdrawals, no baking for 2 months is unheard of! Anyways, all is well now, back on my feet and ready to hit the kitchen running. Poor KAM (my Kitchen Aid Mixer) had been tucked away in the cupboard all this time, it was like music to my ears to hear it whipping away at the cake and icing.
I had a request for a Star Trek cake. I will admit that I know NOTHING about Star Trek. She actually had to guide me through an internet search to show me what to make, I kind of felt like Penny, from Big Bang. I was clueless! Once I figured out what it was, all was well. The Star Trek Logo…
It was a success and he loved it!
It felt so good to be back in the kitchen baking, I hope I never have to go that long without baking, ever again! As much work as it is, I just love it!
I was asked to make a cake for an adorable little girl having a first birthday. Her name is Violet, my goodness she is adorable! The little bear is “My Pal Violet”, she has one and just loves it. This was my first sculpted character cake, it came out ok, I will need more practice at that, it’s harder than it looks! Hope she liked her cake.
Ahh, Tim Hortons! If you are not from Canada, then more than likely you have not heard of Tim Hortons. If you are from the Northern United States, your Tim Hortons are just not the same (I have been, and they are just no good!). Timmies are on just about every other street corner in Canada, here in my small town of 73,000 there are 10 Tim Hortons, and you would be hard pressed to find one without a huge line. I am not a coffee fan but their steeped tea is the best! (why don’t the ones in the States have steeped tea??? double bagging it just does not cut it!). Anyways…..
I was asked to make a cake for someone who is rarely seen without a Timmies in his hand. This seemed like the perfect idea. The cake was a huge hit, he loved it, as did everyone else. Here are a few more shots of the Timmies Cup Cake