You’ve probably noticed that on the back of almost every packaged food item you can buy, you’ll find a recipe you can make at home incorporating that ingredient. Does anybody ever actually make these? Today, that answer is yes. You see, in Canada there’s a recipe for something called “ketchup cake” floating around on the back of its ketchup bottles. And this week, some brave Reddit user decided to make a ketchup cake. Just when you think you know a condiment, something like ketchup cake happens.
For those of you looking to make your own ketchup cake (why?), here’s what you’ll need:
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder (apparently the recipe calls for “magic” baking powder. Not sure what their baking ingredients do in Canada, but Reddit user gregnuttle just used regular baking powder and then wrote “magic” on the container, and his cake came out fine.)
- Baking soda (the non-magic variety)
- Ground nutmeg
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Cream cheese
- Red food coloring
- Ketchup, obviously
First up to try the cake was gregnuttle’s dog—I didn’t know dogs could eat ketchup, but now I do (canigivemydog.com confirms that ketchup is not harmful to dogs, but warns dog owners not to make a habit of it). Like dogs and most food, this little guy scarfs his slice down, no problem. It’s actually very cute.
Then, gregnuttle shared the remainder of the cake with a few brave friends. The cake is apparently…not terrible? That’s truly shocking. I in no way expect anybody to take my word for it, so you’ll have to watch this one to believe it for yourself.
So there you have it, I guess. Ketchup cake exists, and it’s not nearly as terrible as it sounds. I would like to point out that I’m still skeptical—and this is coming from someone who used to love ketchup so much that I would straight-up spoon it freshman year of college (it was a weird point in my life). However, I could see one awesome use for the ketchup cake: serving it to your friends on April Fool’s Day and telling them it’s red velvet cake.