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Whiskey Green Tomato Cake

Whiskey Green Tomato Cake

Last week my aunt from Florida came to visit. I don’t know how many stops she had planned on her trip, but one of them was to visit my parents … I suspected she would go see mom, but I didn’t really know until it was my turn to see my aunt.

My daughter and I drove down to meet my aunt and her artist friend for dinner. It was then that my aunt told us she had been to my parents’ place and my dad had made this green tomato cake for dessert … what?!? … my dad made a green tomato cake?! What the … ?

I thought it sounded really odd, and then when we went to see my parents this weekend, dad mentioned his green tomato cake. Mom said that it was more like a bar than a cake and Dad said the recipe he used just had too much green tomato in it. I could see the wheels turning in his head … I asked him to tell me about this green tomato cake … and he had already figured out how to make it better. I looked him in the eye and said “let’s make a cake!” … and so my dad and I set to work making a green tomato cake.

We started with our favorite carrot cake recipe, which is from The Jack Daniel’s Cookbook, but by the time we finished, I don’t think you’d even recognize the original recipe. Nonetheless, my dad was totally right (he usually is) … the cake turned out absolutely amazing. Both dad and I had two pieces of it for dessert after brunch (I NEVER have two pieces of cake …) and then later, on my way home, I brought some to my friend and had another piece of cake with her. Three pieces of cake in one day. This is totally a record for me. I’m not a cake person (unless it’s like some kind of of amazing decadent chocolate cake), and this cake isn’t even chocolate! … but it is SO worth it. The tart green tomatoes taste so much better than carrots in this (kinda pretty awesomely healthy) moist and flavorful cake.

The green tomatoes came from mom and dad’s garden. They fell off the vines while Mom was trimming the tomato plants. There was a whole bucket full of them. Their tomato plants are just thick with fruit … there will be LOADS of tomatoes this year. Only a few are ripe yet; the rest are yet to come.

Green Tomatoes for the Whiskey Green Tomato Cake

My very favorite part of the day? I got to cook with my dad. The big bonus was that it turned out to be something totally jaw-dropping awesome.

Whiskey Green Tomato Cake

Highly Adapted from The Jack Daniels Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped green tomatoes (about 2 large green tomatoes)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Heavenly Frosting:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 oz. light cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon whiskey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the raisins in a cup with the 1/4 cup of whiskey to plump them up.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients, then make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients. Whisk up the eggs and  other wet ingredients together, then stir to incorporate them into the batter. Add the raisins & whiskey, green tomatoes and walnuts and stir just until everything is mixed up well.
  3. Pour the cake batter into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting by mixing the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whiskey until smooth. Let the cake cool, then frost it with the Heavenly Frosting.

Whiskey Green Tomato Cake

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13 Responses

  1. Dad’s are always right! Your cake does sound amazing. I can’t picture how it tastes so I will just have to give it a try.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

    • Ann

      You should! I had a hard time picturing the taste too … I got so incredibly curious about the taste that I just HAD to make it. 🙂

      July 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

  2. Who’d have ever guessed you could make a cake with green tomatoes! I have lots, so I might give it a try this week.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • Ann

      Oh you’ll love it Heidi! I have a bunch too … I think I might have to make it again!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

  3. I eat carrots, zucchini, and even black beans in my desserts. I’m not sure why green tomatoes should surprise me, but they do.

    I’ll have to add this to my to-try list!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    • Ann

      It surprised me too! I hope you try it … they are so lovely in cake!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

  4. Beverley

    I am in love with recipe and am on the hunt for green tomatoes! wonderful and pinning too xoxo

    July 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • Ann

      I hope you find some … it’s an awesome cake 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  5. i’ve heard of green tomato cake before back a few years ago! this is awesome!!! love the creativity! i’m inspired to start baking again 🙂

    July 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Junia! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it was just amazing! I hope you try it 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  6. Just pulled this from the oven. Thanks for the recipe!

    July 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • Ann

      That rocks! Thank you for telling me … I hope you love it as much as we did 🙂

      July 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

  7. I am so in love with this picture and recipe. gosh darn I just need to make it now. Love the part where your father mentioned the cake and your mother said it was more like a bar!

    thank you Ann xoxo

    October 8, 2012 at 11:00 am