Happy Canada Day!!!

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
2 eggs


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.

IMG_4748This is where I start to get a little worried. This bowl looks like blood but the thickness of Chinese food red sauce and has a STRONG aroma of Ketchup.  I stay optimistic and proceed

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

6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. (it was very thick)


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…



One thought on “Happy Canada Day!!!

  1. Stumbled across your blog looking for cake pop recipes and….LOVE IT! Hahahaha….This disaster surely takes the cake. (My puns are as good as my baking skills). But hey, you have to experiement with things to get it a winner. Thanks for being so brave. Ketchup cake — my my 🙂

    I screwed up box cake last night so you are a still hero in my eyes.

    (Not Betty Crocker)

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