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One recipe makes three cakes zucchini, carrot or apple

Updated on October 9, 2015
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I inherited my love of gardening from mother and grandmother. I am a garden blogger, freelance writer, and Master Gardener emeritus.

Your choice: zucchini, carrot or, apple

4.5 stars from 4 ratings of 3 Cake

Carrot / zucchini cake

Use 2 cups of shredded zucchini and 2 cups shredded carrots.
Use 2 cups of shredded zucchini and 2 cups shredded carrots. | Source

3 Cakes from 1 Recipe

Keep this recipe handy, and it will adapt with the seasons. Bake extras when you have too much zucchini or too many apples. Bake. Cool. Do not frost. Freeze. You will always have a cake handy when you want one.

Yes, the recipe really calls for 4 (four) cups of zucchini, carrots, or apples. It is a beautiful cake with flecks of both zucchini and carrots. You can add another half cup of sugar for a sweeter cake.

This recipe makes two 8" square cakes. I make one and share one. Or make one, freeze one. I have a small family and a big cake is too much temptation.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 16 servings or 8 servings per cake

Assemble dry ingredients

Choose almonds, pecans, walnuts.
Choose almonds, pecans, walnuts. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4 cups zucchini, carrots, or apple, grated or shredded
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, your choice, pecans, walnuts
  • ½ cup raisins, optional

Apple cake

This super moist cake needs no frosting. Add all the goodies in the cake like walnuts and raisins.
This super moist cake needs no frosting. Add all the goodies in the cake like walnuts and raisins. | Source

Directions

  1. Grate zucchini, peel and grate carrots, or core, peel and grate apples. Set aside to drain in a colander or on paper towels.
  2. Preheat oven 350°. Grease and flour two 8” square pans.
  3. Sift together flour, spices, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In the mixing bowl, cream sugar and eggs.
  5. Add oil, blend. Spoon in dry ingredients, about ½ cup at a time until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Stir in the apples, carrots, or zucchini. Stir in the nuts and raisins (optional)
  7. The cake is moist and does not need frosting. But who can pass up cream cheese frosting?
  8. Pour in two 8” square pans, bake 30-35 minutes. Use one 9x13, bake 35-40 minutes.

Make it your own

Make this recipe your signature cake. Add you own "secret ingredient" such as:

  • Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to any of the cakes.
  • Include 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger or allspice
  • Substitute ½ of the oil with applesauce.
  • Choose any combination of zucchini, carrot or apple. I like half zucchini and half carrot for a beautiful cake.
  • Add 1 cup of black walnuts and raisins to the apple cake.
  • Use one 9x13 pan, bake 35-40 minutes.

Cream cheese frosting

OK, If it is your birthday, or you successfully completed all your workouts or walks this week:

4 ounces butter, room temperature

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese until combined.

Slowly, mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.

Stir in vanilla.

Make it your own recipe

Zest an orange to top frosting. Replace vanilla with orange flavoring

Chocolate is always a good choice

All these recipes are simple and easy to make. They just taste rich and decadent.
All these recipes are simple and easy to make. They just taste rich and decadent. | Source

More decadent desserts

More rich and decadent desserts

Preparing the cake pans

Bakers Secret is a handy convenience product. Maybe you prefer pure butter and pasty flour. You don't have to use flour.

Dust the sprayed or buttered baking pans with white sugar, cocoa, powdered sugar, even fine corn meal.

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  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    jeff1947, It's my go to recipe . Calls for less oil and sugar than most carrot cake recipes. Thank you for reading my hubs.

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    jeff1947 

    3 years ago

    All I have to do is substitute the ingredient of choice to make a different treat. How inventive

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    A Thousand Thank Yous.

  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    A Thousand Thank Yous.

  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Frank, you made my day! I am honored that you read my hub pages. Do you have a fan club?

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    Frank Atanacio 

    3 years ago from Shelton

    gave it 5 stars because im sure I can make this :) up and awesome

  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    peachpurple, I am happy to introduce you to vegetable cakes. Carrot cake is one of my very favorite cakes and has been for years. Thank you for reading my Hub pages.

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    peachy 

    3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    3 in 1 cake, clever ! First time i heard of vegetable cake

  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    It would be impossible for us to live on this earth without plants and vegetables. The variety is endless. Perhaps you have not found the right vegetables or even the best way to prepare them. Would you like some suggestions?

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    Tolovaj 

    4 years ago

    While I have to admit I am not a great fan of vegetables, these photos look too yummy to just skip them. Well, a version with an apple should actually work for me anyway! Thanks for the recipe:)

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    DDE It sure is handy to have one basic recipe. Thank you for reading my hubs. I appreciate you.

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I like the idea of the different choices of ingredients. Sounds a wonderful thought.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    OldRoses, Thank you, your votes make a big difference. I hope this becomes a family favorite. Try replacing the ginger and using allspice in the apple cake. I am grateful that you read my hubs.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Nancy, Just good, simple flavors are always the best. Folks always appreciate these good old favorites. The carrot and zucchini combination is very pretty. Thanks for reading my hubs.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    I so get the cool day reference. I bet you are ready for fall colors and moist, spicy apple cake. Thank you for sharing. It make a big difference. I appreciate your help.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    MsDora, I wish I could cook for you. You are always so appreciative. Thank you for reading my hubs.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Thankyou for your kind words. This recipe is so flexible. You will be able to add whatever nuts or, even chocolate chips, if you like. I appreciate the pin, it is very helpful.

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    Caren White 

    4 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

    Fabulous idea! This recipe is a keeper. Voted up and shared.

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    Nancy Owens 

    4 years ago from USA

    Carrot and zuchinni bread are staples of our fall and winter cooking, especially at the holiday time.

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I will make his the very first cool day we have! Been craving something apple so will start with that. Thanks so much for sharing. ^+&shared

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    Dora Weithers 

    4 years ago from The Caribbean

    I'd like to taste zucchini cake. Thanks for the recipes, sweet lady.

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    Faith Reaper 

    4 years ago from southern USA

    Oh, yummy, three times the mouth-watering cakes! How interesting and unique. All of these look delicious. Will certainly keep this handy.

    I love easy to follow instructions. I also love cream cheese frosting!

    Up ++ tweeting and pinning

    Blessings

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