ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Delicious Cake Recipes With Veggies

Updated on October 29, 2018

Carrot Cake and Beyond!

If you are making a cake for a special event, but don't want it to be empty calories, you may want to consider including some grated vegetables in the list of ingredients. Most people have heard of carrot cake before, but carrots are not the only vegetables that make good additions to a cake recipe.

This hub is about eating your veggies for dessert. I will introduce you to one surprising recipe -- a beet cake -- and a couple of old faithfuls, but be assured, all of these vegetable cakes have been tested and found delicious by dessert connoisseurs.

Enjoy your dessert adventure. After all, everything that goes into our mouths matters. And if we are going to venture into the world of desserts (and all those calories), it had better be worth it. We may as well enjoy some nutrition along the way!

Beet Cake in Heart Shape
Beet Cake in Heart Shape

Who's Ever Heard of a Beet Cake?

Beet Cake to Celebrate a Birthday

I surprised my husband on Valentine's Day with pink heart-shaped pancakes that were delicious. Refusing to answer the question, "How did you make them pink?" I made him guess. He gave all the reasonable possibilities -- raspberries, strawberries, even food coloring, all of which were so wrong!

Because we had beets in our root cellar, I had decided to grate some and add the beets to the pancake batter as an experiment. They were a big hit, and even my brother-in-law who is squeamish about food out of the ordinary, enjoyed the beet pancakes. (We didn't tell him until after the pancakes were gone what went into them.)

When my husband turned 60, I asked him what sort of cake he'd like for his birthday. "Beet cake!" was his reply. What had I started? So out came the vegetable grater and on came the challenge. The results were so good that I was asked to repeat the beet cake for our son's 30th birthday a couple of months later. Here is the recipe for you to try. (Don't tell anyone what's inside -- make them guess!)

Beet Cake Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups melted butter

1 3/4 cups brown sugar or 1 1/2 cups honey

4 eggs

3 t vanilla extract

Grated rind of one lemon

4 cups flour (can be 2 cups white and 2 cups whole wheat)

1 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

1 T baking powder

2 t cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

About 2 cups of grated beets (1 to 3 beets, depending on the size) soaked in the juice of one lemon.

Dried cranberries or raisins, nuts (optional)

Procedure

Beat wet ingredient together well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add a third of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and blend gently, followed by half the beets, another third of the flour, the second half of the beets, and the remaining flour. Mix gently between additions. Do not overbeat as doing so will dry and toughen your cake. Add dried fruit and nuts last.

Grease the cake pan or muffin tins (for cupcakes), then sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes for cake, 20 minutes for cupcakes or until tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan to continue cooling.

Ice with cream cheese frosting.

Yum!

Beets Are Nutritious!

Nutritional Value of Beets

I am not a nutritionist, and so my information about healthy eating is based on research I've done on the internet. If you are interested, you may find more about the beet's nutritional value by googling beets and nutrition.

Quite honestly, until I did some reading about beets, I didn't think of beets as being all that big of a nutritional source. Boy, was I wrong! Beets and beetroot juice have been found to contain antioxidants, so important for keeping our bodies healthy. Beets are also known to possess anti-inflammatory properties. And, of course, beets have fibre that keeps our digestion operating smoothly.

But did you know that beet juice can also enhance your workout performance? Turns out, beet juice increases your stamina and also improves your speed and overall energy. Beet juice is also a great addition to a body-cleansing routine and can help lower your risk for dementia.

Scientists have explained these benefits by pointing to the beet's high concentration of nitrites, which widen the blood vessels and increase the amount of oxygen that gets to our muscles.

Here are some other health benefits to eating beets or drinking beet juice: beets are jam packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, iron and calcium. In addition to these goodies, beets contain carotenoids -- lutein and zeaxanthin -- which support healthy eyes.

All these things in beets add up to one healthy vegetable. Who says cake can't be good for you?

If You Can't Beet Them, Eat Cake - Making Cake with Cooked Beets

Now I really had thought that I'd invented Beet Cake. Silly me. Not only have I found more recipes out there, here are videos of people showing you how to make beet cakes and beet brownies. In this video, they use cooked beets. My recipe uses grated raw beets.

Ye Olde Carrot Cake

A Favorite Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups (260 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 t baking powder

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2 t cinnamon

1/2 t cloves

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups (300 grams) brown sugar

1 cup (240 ml) canola or other mild-tasting oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3/4 pound (340 grams) raw carrots (about 2 1/2 cups finely grated)

1/2 cup pineapple or apple sauce

1 cup (100 grams) pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Procedure

1. Preheat oven and grease or spray two 9" round cake pans or muffin tins (for cup cakes).

2. Combine wet ingredients, beating well.

3. Mix together dry ingredients.

4. Add dry ingredients alternately to wet ingredients with the carrot and pineapple/applesauce mixture, blending gently between each addition, being careful not to beat or overmix. Fold in nuts and raisins last.

5. Pour into the greased cake pan or into greased muffin tins. Bake for 30 minutes(for cakes) or 20 minutes (for large cup cakes) or until cake tester comes out clean.

6. Let cool in pan about 5 minutes and then invert on a cooling rack. Remove pan and continue to let cool. To frost, place the cake top side down and frost. Place the second cake on the first. (If you want the top to be rounded, place the second cake bottom side down or top side down if you want the cake top to be flat.)

Food Processors - Ease in Preparing the Vegetables for Your Cake Recipe

Handy to have if you do lots of cooking. The differences in these products have to do with the amounts you are working with and the types of preparation you do. For the amount of grating you do for making a cake, you only need the smaller processor, but if you prepare larger quantities of vegetables, or if you preserve vegetables, it may be worth it to get a sturdier model.

© 2010 Sheilamarie

What Do You Think About Vegetables in Cake? - Have You Tried Any of These Recipes?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • sheilamarie78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      @Jogalog: I hope you get to try them. Let me know how it goes.

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I love carrot cake and have often thought of making a beet or zucchini cake but haven't yet. I will one day though.

    • sheilamarie78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      @Lynda Makara: I hope you try it, Lynda. It's a fun way to add a few extra veggies to your diet.

    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 

      5 years ago from California

      I've never heard of beet cake before, but it looks good.

    • sheilamarie78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      @toweroflifeinc: I hope to read a lens soon with your "wicked recipe"! It's always fun to find a new one.

    • toweroflifeinc profile image

      toweroflifeinc 

      5 years ago

      I'll try the beet cake! I have my own wicked recipe for Zucchini cake ;) Has been approved by 50+ different people.

    • sheilamarie78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheilamarie 

      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @anonymous: Beautiful-Bridal, adding beets gives the cake a lovely color, too. Pink cake!

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Any sneaky way you can get kids to eat vegetables, the better. Great lens!

    • sheilamarie78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheilamarie 

      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @Noellel: I hope you do, Noellel. Beets are very good for us, too.

    • profile image

      Noellel 

      6 years ago

      I love beets, so will definitely try this recipe.

    • sheilamarie78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheilamarie 

      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @rawwwwwws lm: Eating cake is one way to get them! Vegetable cake, that is. . .

    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      Only with carrot cake, well before, now after this lens, I DEFINITELY NEED MUCH MORE VEGETABLES

    • profile image

      ohcaroline 

      8 years ago

      I think I will have to give this a try...I need more veggies. Blessed by an Angel. This lens will be featured on my angel lens: "Angel on Assignment".

    • GramaBarb profile image

      GramaBarb 

      8 years ago from Vancouver

      Great recipe! I love beets - so this is a keeper!

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      Why I'll be! Happy to have learned this new beet cake recipe - especially love the idea of raw over cooked in the batter. This is one cake recipe I'll be trying for sure.

    • profile image

      happynutritionist 

      8 years ago

      Carrot cake I have thought of, but beets, I do lots of things with them, but never knew you could use them in a cake recipe...nice!

    • hlkljgk profile image

      hlkljgk 

      8 years ago from Western Mass

      love it! i use beet juice to color my cake frosting, and never thought of putting beets in the cake. great idea.

    • profile image

      aishu19 

      8 years ago

      veges in cake? except for carrot cake, I can almost say I have never heard of that..esp beet root and zuchini?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)