Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Sometimes the best cake recipes are made with some pretty unconventional ingredients. What makes this Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Cake so incredibly moist and delicious is a surprising ingredient mixed into the batter. What is that "secret" ingredient that makes this one of the tastiest chocolate cake recipes of all time? A can of tomato soup! It may sound strange, but the soup lends a wonderful, rich flavor to the cake that's unlike anything you've tasted before. Make this easy cake recipe tonight and see what you think!

Cooking Time40 min


  • 1/2 cup real butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can tomato soup
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • For the Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons real butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9" x 13" pan or a Bundt pan.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  4. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  5. Mix tomato soup and water.
  6. Add dry ingredients and soup mixture alternately to creamed mixture. Fold in nuts.
  7. Pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes in a 9" x 1 3" pan, or for 40 minutes in a Bundt pan.
  8. Prepare the cream cheese glaze by mixing together all ingredients until smooth. Spread on cake when just slightly warm.



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