September 2023 Recipe of the Month

Green Tomato Spice Cake
A.K.A. Shirley’s Surprise Spice Cake

(adapted and modified by Shirley Mah Kooyman from recipe)

If you should end up with too many green tomatoes and frost is coming around the corner, here’s a recipe that will surprise & delight your family & friends with an interesting cake.  I usually call it Surprise Spice Cake and make people guess the surprise ingredient.  So far no one has guessed green tomatoes.  Choose firm green tomatoes; however, I have tried it with green tomatoes that got hit with a touch of frost and the recipe still worked.  The cake is best when the green tomatoes are used while still firm.


4 medium firm green tomatoes, cut into small cubes, drained well
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice (or ground cloves)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 loaf pans.  Line bottom of pan with parchment paper.  It will make it easier to remove cake from pan.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter with sugar. Add eggs and beat until creamy.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to wet ingredients. Mix well. Fold in drained green tomatoes.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when tested in the middle of cake.