Green Tomato Cake with Brown Butter Icing

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Servings: 1 cake, 1 cup icing
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup golden raisins
2 1/2 cup diced green tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cup all-purpose flour
3   large eggs
2 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup chopped walnuts
Browned Butter Icing, recipe follows

Browned Butter Icing:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. (Batter will be soft.) Stir in tomatoes, raisins, and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 70 to 75 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely. Spoon Browned Butter Icing over cake.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Browned Butter Icing:

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until butter is lightly browned. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

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I've made this cake several times , now a lot of my friends are calling and wanting me to make them one!!!!! Delicious in the morning with coffee ,Isometimes make a brown sugar topping made with milk!!! I don't watch Food network much anymore, I miss you so much!!!!! (So when can I come and help you cook some goodies?) Just let me know girl IM READY ANYTIME!!!!!!

By Robyn Huey on August 11, 2013


My family love this cake and a great way to use up the green tomatoes from the garden. I will be making this cake for years to come. Thanks.paula

By Anonymous on November 13, 2012


Dear Mrs. Dean, Charlie and I are big fans of yours and we also have diabetes, and I do a lot of cooking myself, some of which my Mother taught me. By mistake of dropping a dozen hard boiled egg yolks on the floor, I had to improvise with something for my Deviled eggs and came up with substituting a cooled, mashed baked potato for the yolks. It was a great hit with my nurses in the Cardiac unit of which I worked in Tulsa. Thought you might try these and see what you think. No cholesterol. Taste like potato salad. You have been truly an inspiration to so many people. Thank you. Steven Houghton, Vietnam Veteran.

By Mr. Steven Houghton on August 29, 2012


This cake is amazing! The second time I made it I used dried cranberries instead of raisins and added a little coconut. Yummy!

By Lynda Adair on October 18, 2011


I kind miss you on TV. first time I got your recipe of the green tomato I made it it tast pretty good ; only thing it was to much for to people I give half to my friend she said it was good. will I hope hear from your you email let me if you got my comment about your recipe. I was good make one put got to hot so i'm going to wait until day to make one. shirleyann Nix

By shirleyann Nix on July 10, 2011


By Anonymous on May 13, 2011


Wonderful. I took this cake to a party and it was a great hit. Everyone was asking for the recipe and several took a peice home with them to eat later. My husband will be asking me to make this one again, you can be sure of that!

By Anonymous on July 11, 2010


Our family loves this recipe! It sounds very strange, but it is SO good! It reminds me of a really good spice cake and the tomatoes take on the characteristics of raisins.

By Anonymous on January 30, 2010


This is the best cake ever. Everytime I make it people rave

By Anonymous on January 08, 2010


This was a huge success!! Tastes a little like a carrot cake but sweeter. The icing is a great treat on top.

By lynnberry on August 14, 2009

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