Karen’s Killer Fixin’s
with VICKI BATMAN!
Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, VICKI BATMAN, and her favorite recipe for TOMATO SOUP SPICE CAKE!
BY VICKI BATMAN
Hopes and wishes and holiday kisses…Sommerville holidays.
Holiday Disaster: Days before Christmas, a librarian experiences plumbing issues and visits from Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Claus.
The Littlest Angel: Two people. One ornament for the tree. Can a twosome find common ground and discover the true meaning of Christmas?
Holiday Handbag Extravaganza: Christmas Countdown is on! A hunk-a-licious customer pesters a boutique owner to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.
Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, three romantic comedy mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up some awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking, “What if??”
Links to Vicki‘s Website, blog, books, etc.
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TOMATO SOUP SPICE CAKE
Note from Vicki: The holidays are winding down and winter days have set in here until late February when daylight is longer and warm days creep in. Still, there is nothing like snuggling with a good book and having a piece of great cake.
I love cake and sometimes, take inspiration from life around me, like what my family calls Grandmother’s Cake. During the holidays, my grandmother baked her favorite spice/fruitcake. The recipe is quite unusual and the family tale says it came about during WW2–hold your hats–Tomato Cake. Before you go all crazy over the tomato part, know this: I was a picky eater and loved it. The cake contains tomato soup which binds the ingredients together. Never does the cake taste like tomato anything. Check out this recipe from Campbell Soup: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/tomato-soup-spice-cake/
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
Step 1: Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan.
Step 2: Stir the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, allspice, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl. Add the soup, shortening, eggs and water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed just until blended. Increase the speed to high and beat for 4 minutes. Pour the batter into the pan.
Step 3: Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
Step 4: Beat the cream cheese, milk and vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is creamy. Slowly beat in the confectioners’ sugar until the mixture is the desired consistency. Frost the cake with the cream cheese mixture.
Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is creamy. Slowly beat in 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar until the frosting is desired consistency.
Aside: my grandmother added raisins, pecans, and chopped dates. My sister adds drained crushed pineapple to the batter, saving the pineapple juice for the cream cheese frosting.
Doesn’t it sound delicious?
Thanks, Vicki, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!