[Cover photo by PaulaG.] It's amazing, folks are making dessert cakes with everything in their vegetable gardens--not just carrots, but also beets, butternut squash, cabbage, creamed corn, eggplant, parsnips, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, tomatoes, zucchini . . . whatever! And why not? Cakes with vegetables in them are usually exceptionally moist and luscious. Try 'em and see!
It's zucchini time and I can't cook it fast enough. I have so much of it in my garden this year. This Tropical chocolate cake has a hint of cinnamon, dried cherries but you can use raisins and my Zucchini, Pineapple, Ginger Jam recipe #95600 in the frosting but you can use any pineapple jam.
It's a chocolate cake with the health benefits of eating a whole carrot per serving! This low fat makeover of Recipe #83099 has only 19% of the fat and 14% of the cholesterol, but all of the carrot cake-like texture with coconut and walnuts. To us, this tastes much better than the original which has a strong flavor of vegetable oil. If you think you may be tempted to overindulge, a half recipe fits perfectly in an 8-inch square pan.
I just saw Giada de Laurentis make this carrot cake/bread on the Food Network and didn't want to lose the recipe; it's SOOOO unusual with the addition of pine nuts, mascarpone cheese and fennel seeds. I can't wait to try it!
I'm not sure where this recipe originated, but it is a family favorite. Don't let the "healthy name" keep you from trying it -- it's delicious...and it freezes well, too! We like it with cream cheese frosting or a light dusting of powdered sugar. I haven't timed this exactly, so the prep and cooking times are approximate.
A great way to use up zucchini from the garden, especially if you have family members who don't like zucchini. This is the recipe my mom has always used. It's wonderful warm with a little butter spread on it.
I always remember my great-gramdma making this cake, so when I was given a 3-foot long zucchini by my boyfriend's parents, I called my mom for the recipe. It put a small dent in that monster gourd! This was my first attempt at a cake from scratch and it didn't collapse, so it can't be that tough if I did it.
Individual carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting served in a pool of Grand Marnier creme anglaise. I saw this on Comcast's digital cookbook. I added it here so I can set up grocery lists with it included. I'll add on here when I've tried myself a better description.
This weekend I am going home to celebrate my mom's birthday. As she has celiac's disease, I wanted to test out my gluten-free recipe before leaving with my coworkers. But then I remembered that one is on a diet, another doesn't eat chocolate, and I'm vegan to boot. So I figured, let's just make a cake that will make everyone happy.
Make sure you have a large beet to shred. Don't worry, you won't taste it.
In retrospect I realise that some people could have a soy allergy. Regular milk is easy enough to substitute, or you could just use plain old water. I was using the soymilk to replace a half cup of oil in another recipe. For a thinner batter, reduce the flour by 1/2 cup.
This cake is pretty amazing. It's made without refined flour or sugar, but the taste and texture are sublime: it's not heavy at all. Besides that, there are plenty of carrots, nuts, and pineapple mixed in. Carrot cake is one of my favorites, and it's even better when I can actually feel good about eating it! :-) Frost with a cream cheese frosting (spreading apricot preserves between the two layers is good too). Prep time does not include grating carrots.
Ever since I joined Zaar I wanted to post this wonderful, never-fails-to-impress recipe. I know there are dozens of carrot cake recipes on Zaar, but I haven't come across one exactly like this one. It bakes perfectly at any altitude and is scrumptious. The metric measures are the ones I use.
This recipe came from a community cookbook put together by some students to raise money for a field trip in the 70's. I found some really great tried-and-true, home tested recipes. There was drips and food and stuff all over those pages, as my grandmother used it for a lot of her dishes.