Tomato Soup Bars

I won’t be able to give a final German Chocolate Cake report until tonight, so for now, here’s a recipe I made with things in the pantry. The recipe is called “Tomato Soup Bars” and I chose it because 1) it’s unusual and 2) I couldn’t find anything else that seemed very interesting. Besides, I needed to use this can of tomato soup which I bought for no apparent reason.

So are the bars good? Hmmmm. Yeah. I guess. I haven’t tried one iced, but they taste okay hot out of the pan. I’m waiting for them to cool down so I can smear the top with cream cheese icing. I’ll make my final judgement when the bars are iced.

People seem to like pictures, so I’ve taken more than usual this morning.

Here are the ingredients. Basic things.

tomato soup bars -- ingredients

Batter, poured into a pan. Exciting! — I used a 12×17 inch pan and the bars were very thin. Next time, I will use a 15×10 inch pan.

tomato soup bars uncooked

Bars – cooling down. Note the reddish hue. I kind of thought the tomato soup would be unrecognizable. That’s not the case, but the bars have a pretty unique flavor. I can’t say the tomato soup is not discernible, but it’s not unpleasant either.

tomato soup bars

One Bowl Tomato Soup Bars

1 (10 oz) can tomato soup
1/2 soup can water (5 oz)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour (9 oz)
1 cup raisins
Frosting of choice – cream cheese or vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 15×10 inch pan with cooking spray or line with non-stick foil.

Mix tomato soup, water, oil, sugar, allspice and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add baking soda and salt and stir well, making sure you remove any lumps of soda. Add the flour and stir until mixed, then stir in the raisins. Pour into the pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Frost with cream cheese icing.

Since I made my bars too thin (pan was too large) the icing was somewhat overpowering. Next time, I will use a 15×10 inch pan and maybe a drizzle of icing.

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  1. says

    Those looks good, but the thought of Tomato Soup in my bars is not pleasant and I don’t know if I could get past it. If I did NOT know it was there, then maybe.

    What a unique and interesting recipe!

  2. says

    I never would have dreamed up an idea like this, yet the photo looks attractive. I can only imagine the tomato taste is very mild and the spices and cream cheese frosting balance it out. Sometimes the unexpected can be fun.

  3. says

    It’s a spinoff of an old cake called Tomato Soup cake. I found the “bar” version on Recipe Goldmine, but they’d inadvertently left out the vegetable oil. I also used a bit less allspice and added some vanilla.

    They’re actually pretty good.

  4. says

    I’m POSITIVE that the final report on the German Chocolate Cake will be a good one :0)

    I can definitely say that I’ve never made/eaten a savory tomato soup bar, haha.

  5. says

    These are actually really good! The pan I used was too big, though. I think they’d be perfect made in a 15×10 inch pan. You could make them in a 13×9 inch pan, but they’d be way too thick. So if all you have is a 13×9 inch pan, just pour the batter about an inch high and discard the rest of pour the rest in a smaller pan.

    The icing was almost overpowering. I think they’d be good with a light drizzle.

  6. says

    This recipe is a funky one. I wonder how clam chowder would work. We have like 4 cans in our pantry, but I have a feeling that a fishy bar would just be plain disgusting haha

  7. says

    Ha! I would save the clam chowder ;).

    I may make these again. I’m mad at myself for using the huge pan, but the original version of this recipe on Recipe Goldmine used an even BIGGGER pan.

    I think the 15×10 inch pan plus a very light drizzle of glaze of icing would be good.

  8. says

    I’m surprised the recipe even called for salt, but I suppose not all tomato soups are loaded with the stuff. I can’t believe all this fuss over adding fruit to a cookie! 😉 I bet with the spices, the tomato flavoring isn’t a big deal. Are these cookies more sweet, savory, or more like spice cookies?

  9. says

    Brian, I made a few additions to the recipe and the salt was one of them. The bars don’t need a lot, but I thought a pinch would bring out the other flavors and it did. But yes, most of the salt comes from the soup. I just didn’t trust that the salt in the soup would do the trick.

    Also, these aren’t savory. They are really just spice cake bars and they are on the sweet side. The glaze/frosting is hardly necessary, but I did feel they needed something to jazz them up appearance wise.

  10. says

    My mom has been making tomato soup cake since I was a little girl, so I’ve never found it to be weird. We call it spice cake for outsiders, so they don’t get squicked out about the soup. I love it – it is really good with a little cream cheese icing, but even a lemon juice/icing sugar glaze is good.

  11. Michelle W. in Calif. says

    Hmm…..there’s a tomato soup cake in one of the Cake Mix Doctor books, but I’ve never tried it either! Not a big tomato soup fan! 😛

  12. says

    Nothing like a little creative cooking. How did they when frosted? I have seen a recipe for tomato soup cake before but never bars. I may have to try these, they sound very interesting.

  13. Yvonne says


    My family has a tomato soup cake recipe that’s been handed down for a couple of generations. Maybe it’s a Northern New England thing–like Moxie?

    It really is delicious–kind of like a spice cake only richer–we put lots of dried fruits (left over from fruitcake making), golden raisins and walnuts in it and add a cream cheese glaze. WE like it around the holidays.

    You could try the cream cheese glaze with your bars, Anna, if you want to “kick them up” a bit.


  14. says

    I made these for a get together this weekend using Anna’s recommended 10×15 pan, and they were very well received. I did have a minute of panic when I got home with my can of organic tomato soup (the recipe didn’t call for condensed so I didn’t get it) and while stirring the first bowl of ingredients together realized there were chunks of tomato and onion swimming around with the cinnamon and allspice. I strained those out and everything turned out great. We especially enjoyed them after they had been chilled.

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