Surprise Spice Cake Recipe
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Surprise Spice Cake Recipe

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Canned tomato soup replaces some of the oil in this spice cake, decreasing the fat, boosting the color and (surprise!) enhancing the taste. —Hannah Thompson, Scotts Valley, California
Featured In: 28 Best Fall Cakes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 392 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 586mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, soup, eggs and water; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. Bake 30-33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Surprise Spice Cake in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p11

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 247753
Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"Excellent cake! I really like this and it took just minutes to get in the oven."

langang User ID: 5722096 148425
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Very moist and tasty. One family member, who ordinarily does not like box cakes, had a second helping and did not know tomato soup was an ingredient."

[email protected] User ID: 3680735 164937
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"I have made this and added nuts and raisins"

Monkeez User ID: 3442318 164934
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"I make a spice cake that uses tomato soup! It is a little differnt from this one but it sounds like it would be just as delicious. Don't let the sound of tomato soup in it turn you away. It adds a nice texture and flavor."

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