Pinto Bean Cake


Your cake-loving guests won't believe that pinto beans are the surprise ingredient in this recipe for spice cake decorated with candied cherries and pecans.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
1 10-inch Bundt cake


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans, mashed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • 2 cups diced apple without peel


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease one 9- or 10-inch Bundt pan.

  2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add beaten egg and mix well. Stir in mashed cooked beans and vanilla.

  3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice together. Add pecans, raisins, and apple to the flour mixture. Stir to coat. Pour flour mixture into the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.


Dribble with a simple confectioners' sugar icing and garnish with candied cherries and pecan halves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
7g Fat
39g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 237mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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