This cake can be made in loaf pans or in 16 ounce cans.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour five 16 ounce cans OR two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans.

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  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, eggs, and beans until smooth.

  • In a separate bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and soda. Add to bean mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in raisins and vanilla. Fill cans 2/3 full with batter, or divide batter into prepared loaf pans.

  • Place cans or pans on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before removing bread from cans or pans.

Nutrition Facts

278.8 calories; 3.6 g protein; 40.5 g carbohydrates; 29.4 mg cholesterol; 142.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2008
5 STARS BUT ONLY WITH THESE ALTERATIONS: The point of bean cake is our health so I made the following changes. Reduce sugar from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups. Substute most of the oil for applesauce (I used 1/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup applesauce). To eliminate even more sugar (and the fat from the pork) I used a 16 oz. jar of home-canned black beans in place of the baked beans with pork. To hide the beans I substituted 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder for the 1 teaspoon cinnamon. I also have a wheat grinder so I ground fresh whole wheat flour and substituted it for the white flour. I left out the raisins. With these changes you can transform this recipe into a DELICIOUS HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BLACK BEAN CAKE. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2012
I don't know if it is because I know the beans are in there but I can taste them. It's OK. Definitely fun to make and share. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2008
5 STARS BUT ONLY WITH THESE ALTERATIONS: The point of bean cake is our health so I made the following changes. Reduce sugar from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups. Substute most of the oil for applesauce (I used 1/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup applesauce). To eliminate even more sugar (and the fat from the pork) I used a 16 oz. jar of home-canned black beans in place of the baked beans with pork. To hide the beans I substituted 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder for the 1 teaspoon cinnamon. I also have a wheat grinder so I ground fresh whole wheat flour and substituted it for the white flour. I left out the raisins. With these changes you can transform this recipe into a DELICIOUS HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BLACK BEAN CAKE. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2008
5 STARS BUT ONLY WITH THESE ALTERATIONS: The point of bean cake is our health so I made the following changes. Reduce sugar from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups. Substute most of the oil for applesauce (I used 1/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup applesauce). To eliminate even more sugar (and the fat from the pork) I used a 16 oz. jar of home-canned black beans in place of the baked beans with pork. To hide the beans I substituted 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder for the 1 teaspoon cinnamon. I also have a wheat grinder so I ground fresh whole wheat flour and substituted it for the white flour. I left out the raisins. With these changes you can transform this recipe into a DELICIOUS HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BLACK BEAN CAKE. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2009
Yes just like everyone else I too was skeptical. But let me tell you all delicious!!! Don't change a thing. Follow the recipe and it will turn out great. I have a pet peeve when people don't follow the recipes and change things around then give less than 5 stars it makes me mad. Very good cake. I made the 2 loaves. Tastes like a pumpkin type flavor. I will definately make it again and again. Thanks for the submission. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2007
Very tasty and moist! I replaced all of the oil with applesauce and made muffins (baked about 30 min) and they turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2003
this was an excellent cake. funny name great taste. sorta like pumpkin bread... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
Does this really turn out as good as you think it would? No.....it's BETTER. I don't use two cups of sugar one is plenty and I also use butter or margerine instead of vegetable oil. Instead of just cinnamon I'll add two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and I soak my raisins in hot juice or rum (making sure to drain them well) before adding them to the batter. It is one of those spice cakes where people remark on "OMG this is SO good....how did you make it?" and then once they find out they HAVE to make it themselves so they can fool someone else. This is also good as cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Frosting. GREAT for White Trash Parties! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2007
This cake is moist and tastes great! I do suggest mashing the beans otherwise you end up seeing whole beans in the cake. Also I replaced most of the oil for applesauce (maybe 4/5 applesauce to 1/5 oil) and I used only 2/3 of the amount of sugar that it called for. The cake still comes out very sweet. Great idea to use beans to sneak in some extra fiber! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2005
This cake is one where people say "mmmm what's this?" after tasting it and the look on their faces is quite amusing after you tell them there's a can of pork and beans! My roommate made this for a dietetics class once and she said that nobody could tell what it was made out of! So it's kind of a joke that we make it for each other's birthday every year now. but it really is pretty good nice and moist and it does in fact taste similar to a spice cake. I haven't tried any type of icing or frosting but I have made this cake quite a few times and though people may be hesitant they will surprise themselves after tasting this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
Mom said it was easy to make and it tasted WONDERFUL. She asked Jeanie to taste it and she did and Mom said can you guess what is in the bread? Jeanie said ummm Raisins walnuts she couldn't guess the Pork n Beans and she just loved it. Mom said she is taking one to work for her friends to try. She said she will make it again....as she does love Pork n Beans on toast.... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2012
I don't know if it is because I know the beans are in there but I can taste them. It's OK. Definitely fun to make and share. Read More
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