Veggies in Your Cake?

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If love to bake and have a family, chances are you have more difficulty getting your family to eat vegetables than cake. It’s so easy to sneak vegetables right into that delicious cake you’re making.

It might sound like an odd combination, but what a great way to have your cake and eat it, too. Carrot cake anyone?

There are so many ways to incorporate veggies into your cakes. Your family will never know that the delicious and tasty treats you’re baking are healthy, too.

The most well-loved and common way to incorporate veggies in your cake is the beloved carrot cake.

There are some unique ingredients you can incorporate into your carrot cake, however, that you may not have thought of:

  • Pumpkin
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  • Sweet potato
  • Coconut
  • Beetroot
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
    • Nuts

So not only did you get those veggies into your cake, but you also keep it interesting by mixing fruits and juices, as well. You can even add veggie juices such as tomato juice and V8 to cakes that have more flavor such as devils food or red velvet.carrot

Pumpkin, squash and sweet potatoes are plentiful and popular in the fall. There are dozens of recipes you can make to incorporate these two veggies into your cakes, such as butternut squash mini-cakes for breakfast. Try mixing three cups of cooked squash to any regular cake recipe, and you will be amazed at how moist and delicious your cake will be. Add seasonal spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon for extra seasonal flair.

If you’re tired of apple and pumpkin, try zucchini. Zucchini is perfect veggies to add to your cakes because they blend well and don’t have an overpowering flavor. Zucchini quiche, cake, and bread are all great additions to the baking line-up.

Once you offer your family a delicious zucchini cake, chances are they will ask you when you are going to make it next.

Other veggies that can be easily added are broccoli, leeks, rhubarb, chickpeas, beets, and potatoes. The nice thing about cooking with veggies such as carrots, squash, and zucchini is that you can also experiment with different additional ingredients and toppings, as well.cake

Try adding spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg as well as a lemon zest for lighter summertime cakes. Cucumber and zucchini cake is delicious, light, and refreshing for springtime. Try mixing beetroot and chocolate for a moist and healthy cake.beetroot

When it comes to cooking with veggies, be brave and get creative. Once the veggies are sliced, diced, and put through your food processor to blend into your regular cakes mixes, your family will never know the difference – but you’ll know the secret behind those delicious treats.