Green Tomato Cake

Nope you haven’t read that wrong.  In my effort to use every single scrap of the home grown tomatoes, I wrestled this gem of a recipe out of my tomato guy’s hands.  Intriguing right? Green tomatoes in a cake, how weird? Hopefully how weirdly wonderful would be the result.

Green Tomato Cake (from Gabriel)

(this recipe will make a 9 x 13 sheet cake or you can half it for an 8 inch round)

4 cups chopped green tomatoes

1 tbsp salt

1/2 cup butter (room temp)

2 c sugar

2 eggs

2 c ap flour

1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt.

1/2 c currants, 1/2 c walnuts or pecans chopped

Sprinkle 1 tsp salt over the chopped tomatoes, stir and let stand for at least 10 mins and up to 30 mins. Place in colander, rinse with cold water and drain.

Peheat oven 350F.  Grease and flour your baking pan.  9 x 13.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat again until creamy.  Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and 1/4 tsp salt. Add currants and nuts.  Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix well (will be quite firm).  Add the drained tomatoes and mix again.  Scrape in baking pan.

Bake for 40-45 mins.

Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting or drizzle brown butter icing over the top.

Brown Butter Icing (From

1 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
3 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat until delicate brown remove from heat. Mix in the rest until smooth and spreading consistency.

NOTE: (if you have extra green tomatoes you can chop them and slightly saute them until soft and most of the water is release.  Freeze them when cool and make the cake at a later date, with the tomatoes defrosted. The cake will be just as delicious but you will not see the fresh chunks of green that you with a fresh green cake.



  1. Posted October 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I Love the idea of this – how did it taste? Was it really moist, I imagine it would have been.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      it was really moist and trust me sooooo delicious!! i cannot wait to make it again.

  2. Mr Weiss
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Man this is a delicious one!!!

  3. Jill
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Now I have seen everything!
    Ist they gave us Carrot Cake, then they gave us Chocolate Courgette Cake, Now Green Tomatoe Cake! What’s the world coming to….

  4. Sunflowerdiva
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Green tomato cake…. I might not ever be daring enough to try this, but it sounds and looks very interesting!

  5. Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Trust me this is a keeper!

  6. Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    hmmmm….interesting…I can’t say green tomato cake sounds good…but who knows… 🙂

  7. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    This really doesn’t sound good, but it must be if you say so. I have plenty of green tomatoes left in my garden to give this a try. Thanks!

  8. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love new ideas like this one! It sounds just scrumptious. Congrats on your creativity and on being Freshly Pressed!

  9. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    What did it taste like?


  10. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! I have a bounty of green tomatoes too, guess what I’m making this weekend?

  11. Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I have to try this – it sounds so unusual.

  12. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    oh my…so it was really good? I really want to try to make this now, especially with the brown butter frosting. i imagine it was amazing

  13. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    There are some green tomatoes in the garden that I can use for this. Certainly sounds interesting. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  14. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    This is another weird one, but does sound delicious.

    I have some ‘weird’ recipes on a ‘blog’ on hubpages and might like to add yours. Can tell me yes or no? Thanks either way.
    I think the green tomatoes might be good added to a carrot cake!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Yes absolutely weird ideas and recipes count me in.

  15. Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Great idea!

  16. Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I love fried green tomatoes!

  17. Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Huh! This reminds me of tomato tarte tatins since they’re also sweet! Very intriguing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  18. Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Sounds interesting…In fact I had carrot cake for lunch 🙂 I love to cook so I’ll be checkin back in with you and reading some of your recipes that look O SO Delicious! >>>

  19. Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Great idea!

  20. Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pics and post! Congrats on being Pressed!

  21. Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    What a unique recipe you got there. How does it taste? I am thinking it would be something like zucchini bread, when my mom first baked this it sounded weird but it taste great, it looks like this will be too!


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      very moist and delicious a zucchini bread, more bread like not too sweet.

  22. Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Great minds think alike… I made green tomato muffins today. They’ll show up on my blog tomorrow.

  23. Posted October 21, 2010 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Interesting way to get all of us to eat more veggies !! Nice post! Thanks for the recipe.

  24. Posted October 22, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Green tomatoes and cake!?! I could be daring enough to try this…

  25. Posted October 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Very daring and creative!!!! How did it taste?

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 30, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      tasted amazing, moist not too sweet… like a banana loafy type thing.

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