March 08, 2018
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One of the many great things about the Baking Club is that we are very aware of the different seasons and trends. We love to include ingredients that are in season and share how you can make the most out of the fruits and vegetables that are on offer. That's right, we said vegetables! We’re not just talking carrot cake either; there are tonnes of vegetable cakes and vegetable bakes you can create that are sweet and delicious. What many people don’t realise is that vegetables release a lot of moisture into bakes, which is why they create a lovely consistency and texture. What better way to get your 5 a day into your diet? Here are our top 7 recipes for vegetable cakes and bakes:
Of course, our list of vegetable cakes and bakes had to include the classic carrot cake. We wanted to ease you into this idea gently, so what better cake to start on?
However there is Carrot Cake as you know it, and then there is Delia’s Ultimate Carrot Cake. This recipe never fails to impress, and is worth all the extra ingredients: https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/cake-recipes/the-ultimate-carrot-cake
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This one may not be a complete surprise, as the clue is in the name! In America there is a very famous pie in which they use sweet potatoes. Sweet potato pie is usually a classic addition to a Thanksgiving Day spread. The pie is delicious when left to cool completely and then sliced to allow the filling to thicken.
If you’d like to try this recipe, you can find it in The Hummingbird Bakery book ‘Life is Sweet’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hummingbird-Bakery-Life-Sweet/dp/0007564597
Image Credit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/recipes/best-sweet-potato-recipes-easy-dinners/
The idea of a sweet courgette cake might freak you out a little. Surprisingly enough, courgettes (or zucchini if you are American) are 95% water. This is why courgettes create such a lovely moist and delicious texture in any cake. The are very low in flavour, so when combined with other ingredients in a vegetable cake, you would not notice that there is courgette in there at all.
We love this courgette cake from Good Housekeeping:http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/food/recipes/courgette-cake
Image Credit: https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/balanced-living/gardening/zucchini-is-boring/
Contrary to popular belief, rhubarb is a vegetable, not a fruit! And here in England, we love rhubarb, perhaps because it grows particularly well here. Anyone's grandma will be the first to tell you that using rhubarb in your crumble is standard practice. But it doesn't have to stop at the crumble with these vegetable cakes. Cairn’s book ‘Seasonal Baking’ uses lots of delicious seasonal produce to make the most of lovely fresh ingredients.
Why don’t you try Fiona Cairn's Rhubarb and Vanilla Custard Cupcakes?https://everythinglooksrosie.com/rosie-makes-rhubarb-vanilla-custard-cupcakes/
Image Credit: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/how-to-buy-rhubarb
We have all heard of the Pumpkin Spiced lattes in Starbucks that marks our bittersweet transition into Autumn. So you it may not be a shock here that Pumpkin is an excellent addition in many bakes.
Why not try our delicious Pumpkin Pie that we created for Halloween last year? https://bakedin.co.uk/blogs/news/halloween-pumpkins-and-autumn-feels-1
Everyone has heard of Butternut Squash being used as a base for soup or a fail safe for a vegetarian risotto, but some might be surprised to hear of it being used in vegetable cakes. Squash can be such a lovely seasonal treat, perfect during the Autumn months. When baked within a cake they release a lovely sweetness and an unbelievable texture.
We love these Butternut Squash Muffins by Jamie Oliver: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/butternut-squash-muffins-with-a-frosty-top/
Image Credit: https://www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/12/butternut-squash-lasagna/
Finally we’ve got Beetroot. Which has been popping up in cafes a lot more recently. We think that they work best in a brownie, the Beetroot adds a lovely earthy texture to the brownies, plus the added benefit is that you don’t need to add a lot of butter in comparison to normal brownie recipes, making them even healthier!
We love this recipe for Beetroot Brownies by Waitrose: http://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/recipe_directory/b/beetroot-brownies.html
Image Credit: http://www.mymoroccanfood.com/home/beetroot-salad-chopped-avocado
Have you tried making any of these vegetable cakes? We'd love to hear your stories in the comments!
If you've got a taste for vegetable cakes, you'll love our Baking Club! We send out a new recipe each month, and previous boxes range from classic bakes to more adventurous treats.
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