Patricia Polacco's Thunder Cake

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This is the Thunder Cake recipe from Patricia Polacco's "Thunder Cake" picture book. It is a wonderful chocolate cake with a hint of fruit flavor from the secret ingredient! It is perfect frosted with Recipe #169403 and topped with fresh sliced strawberries! (The strawberries and tomato match wonderfully and I promise that no one will know it is tomato, they will only ask what you did to make it so wonderful!)

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour two 8 1/2 inch cake pans.
  • Cream together the shortening and sugar.
  • Beat in the vanilla and egg yolks.
  • Mix in the cold water and pureed tomatoes.
  • Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and fold into egg/tomato mixture.
  • Sift the cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix dry mixture into wet.
  • Pour batter evenly into cake pans.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Let cakes cool on wire racks before frosting with chocolate buttercream icing.
  • Optional: Top with fresh strawberries.
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"This is the Thunder Cake recipe from Patricia Polacco's "Thunder Cake" picture book. It is a wonderful chocolate cake with a hint of fruit flavor from the secret ingredient! It is perfect frosted with Recipe #169403 and topped with fresh sliced strawberries! (The strawberries and tomato match wonderfully and I promise that no one will know it is tomato, they will only ask what you did to make it so wonderful!)"
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  1. Owen T.
    Do you need the vanilla?
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  2. Owen T.
    do you need the shortening?
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  3. Kyleigh M.
    Do you need shorting?
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  4. Shelby V.
    Made this for my mom’s second grade class after they read the book, and WOW!! They are awesome. I used tomato sauce instead of purée and then used 2.25 cups of all purpose flour. I made cupcakes so it would be easier to disperse and this recipe made about 26 good size cupcakes. The taste/ smell reminded me a lot of devils food cake donuts. Recommend this recipe (even though I was extremely skeptical of the tomatoes)!
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  5. Oliver R.
    5 and 4 years ago My own Grade 7 class read this book. Its such a lovely author and illustrator of many other books including Thunder Cakes.
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