Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thunder Cake!

We are having an absolutely HUGE thunderstorm right now, & I'm loving it!  We've been getting these storms quite frequently lately, & it always reminds me of a book that my Mom used to read to me when I was little called "Thunder Cake" by Patricia Polacco.  I remember loving this book!

I've never made Thunder Cake (at least not that I can recall!), but now I am thinking that maybe I should!  I found many reviews online for the recipe (who would have thought?!) & apparently it is quite good!  Chocolatey with a surprise ingredient that you'd never guess!  Sounds like a nice stormy activity for me!  And yummy too!  Mmm.

("Thunder Cake" summary from BarnesAndNoble.Com)  "When the air gets heavy and dark clouds drift low over the fields of Grandma's farm, her frightened granddaughter hides under the bed. But Grandma insists that this is Thunder Cake baking weather and the two are soon scrambling to gather the ingredients to make the cake--and get it into the oven before the storm arrives."

  • 1 cup shortening (I wouldn't try substituting anything else in this recipe)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup pureed tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup dry cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together one at a time: shortening, sugar, vanilla, water, tomatoes & eggs (blend yolks in. Beat whites until they are stiff, then fold in.)
  3. Sift together these ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt.
  4. Mix the dry mixture into the creamy mixture.
  5. Grease and flour two 8 1/2 inch pans.
  6. Divide batter into the two pans equally.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Frost with *homemade* chocolate butter cream frosting
  9. Decorate the top of your thunder cake with lots of strawberries (whole, sliced, mix of both, whatever you like & whatever looks best on your cake)
  10. Enjoy!

If any of you try this, let me know how it goes!