Don't let the name scare you off. The cake is moist and yummy and is basically a spice cake. There is hardly any ketchup in it and the red comes from the quantity of food coloring. t's beautiful for Christmas or Valentine's day, anytime you need a bright vivid red dessert. One word of caution, the cake tends to be very flat no matter how careful you are with the batter.
This has a light spicy flavor and are so much better the second day when kept in a covered container. Changes made were to use light brown sugar and bake as 23 cupcakes for 25 minutes. Would also be cute made with Heinz green ketchup & green food coloring for St. Pat's. I'm keeping that in mind. Made for New Kids on the Block, a tag game.