Baking

Tomato Soup Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

You’re probably thinking that tomato soup goes with grilled cheese sandwiches, not in cupcakes. At least, that’s what I thought when I saw this recipe in a Joy of Cooking cookbook from the 70s. Okay, but it’s probably got like a tablespoon of tomato in it. Nope. To make these cupcakes, you need a whole can of tomato soup.

Still not buying it? Well, Joy of Cooking reminded me that tomatoes are a fruit, and the recipe also calls for cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. With those types of spices, I figured this would be kind of like a carrot cake and the cookbook recommends using a cream cheese icing, so that’s what I went with.

The original recipe calls for a cup each of nuts and raisins folded into the batter and to use a 9-inch tube pan. But I really wanted to make cupcakes, so I did. I don’t like having nuts and raisins in my cupcakes, so instead I put some chopped pecans in the icing and left out the nuts and raisins in the batter.

It makes pretty dense cupcakes, but they’re really tasty with the cream cheese frosting. And let’s be real, half the reason cupcakes are so good is the icing. This recipe makes a dozen cupcakes and about a cup of icing.

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Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (10½ oz) condensed tomato soup

Icing

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, at room temp.
  • 1½ Tbsp cream or milk
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter with electric mixer until creamy. Slowly add in sugar until powdery. Scrape down sides, if necessary.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the tomato soup. After each addition, make sure the batter is smooth and scrape down the sides if necessary.
  5. Scoop into cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 of the way to the top. (This part can be a little tricky since the batter is pretty thick, so I recommend using a spoon.
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  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
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  7. To prepare the icing: With an electric stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and cream (or milk) until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until smooth, scraping the sides if necessary. Add in the cinnamon and vanilla until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped pecans.
  8. Using a table knife, gently spread the icing on the cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts
Per 1 frosted cupcake
Calories: 247
Fat: 7g
Saturated: 3g
Trans: 0g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 309mg
Carbohydrates: 43g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 26g
Protein:
3g
Vitamin A:
6%
Vitamin C:
2%
Calcium:
1%
Iron:
0%

 

 

 

Jewelry

Studded Stars at the Oscars

Another exciting year in film has come and gone. And by exciting, I mean that Leo finally won an Oscar! The 88th Academy Awards was an event full of studded stars. It was difficult for me to choose my favorite pieces of jewelry because so many celebrities were wearing such beautiful pieces. In fact, I went over my original ten best pieces so that I could include two more. See below for my top 12 adornments, including a couple of the men!

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Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road actress and presenter, wore Harry Winston’s Secret Cluster Diamond Necklace, a long 48.8 carat diamond necklace set in platinum. All of her jewelry combined was worth $3.7 million. The necklace mimics the shape of her plunging neckline and looks stunning.

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Presenter Sofia Vergara had lovely Lorraine Schwartz earrings that complement her dress perfectly in both color and sparkle.

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Naomi Watts arrived wearing a beautiful Bulgari diamond necklace. It pairs well with the shimmer of her dark blue dress.

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Saoirse Ronan, nominated for best actress for her role in Brooklyn, rocked mismatched Chopard earrings of emerald, jadeite, diamond, and pearl. In her red carpet interview she said she was wearing emerald green for Ireland, and I bet that’s also why she went with white and green earrings.

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Olivia Wilde wore a Neil Lane choker adorned with pearls. It contrasts the vertical lines of her dress and makes for a gorgeous look.

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Presenter Olivia Munn wore a $1 million Forevermark Diamond Cuff Bracelet made of 12.06 carat round brilliant Exceptional Forevermark Diamonds.

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Presenter Whoopi Goldberg had a stunning octopus bracelet and ring accessory. The flowing lines of the piece complemented her shoulder tattoo which was only partially covered by her dress.

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Presenter Tina Fey wore a stunning Bulgari sapphire necklace to go with her violet dress.

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Brie Larson, who won best actress for her performance in Room, took a Niwaka brooch and made it into a stunning hair accessory. I love how her hair is wrapped around it and looks like it’s becoming one with the brooch.

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Presenter Jared Leto went with a non-traditional neck accessory in the form of a red chrysanthemum. It went perfect with his red-lined tux.

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Presenter Kevin Hart pulled off his black crystal studded tuxedo very well. It’s just enough to make a statement without overpowering the tux.

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C-3PO was shiny and polished by Luke Skywalker. The Oscar statue looked just him, both gleaming gold, as C-3PO frantically searched for all three droids’ seats. He complained at R2-D2 and BB-8 for misplacing their tickets.