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Green tomato fudge cake?

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After an afternoon of tearing up my frost and late-blight damaged tomato plants--and bemoaning the loss of so many unripe tomatoes-- a neighbor invited us over for an experiment. She'd had this recipe for years, but never tried it: a chocolate cake made with 2 cups of grated green tomatoes! :confused: Well, it turned out fine. The chocolate taste wasn't particularly deep, but the cake was very moist and went down pretty well with some vanilla ice cream on the side :D but there was no hint of the tomatoes.
Can anyone please explain the function of the tomatoes in this recipe? Do they add to the moistness? What did the tomato acids do to the cake?
Here's the recipe:

Mystery Fudge Cake...

2-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. cocoa
2-1/2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. (1-1/2 sticks) butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 t. grated orange peel
2 c. coarsely grated GREEN TOMATO
1 c. finely chopped walnuts
1/2 c. milk
Powdered sugar

Grease & flour a 10-in. tube or bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth and blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well after each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in vanilla, orange peel and green tomatoes. Stir nuts into sifted dry ingredients and add to the tomato mixture alternately with milk.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack and cool thoroughly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving. Makes 12 to 16 slices.
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I would assume they are there for moistness. I have never heard of the green tomato trick but a few years back it was getting trendy to use beets in chocolate cake.
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...and zucchini.
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