When cake meets… veg?!

I’m big on baking, and I like to regularly try to out new ideas to see if they’re good enough to add my bank of tried-and-tested, well-loved, regular treats. I then have a habit of changing these up over time to resemble something a bit more unique to me.

One thing I haven’t tried is adding veg to my sweet creations. (Well, tried again, since my disastrous attempt at sweet potato brownies. Screw the clean eating and stick to buckets of sugar if you ask me.) This is probably for a good reason, too. It doesn’t exactly sound appealing really, does it? I have been hearing about adding beetroot into chocolate cakes for a while though, which I have been meaning to try.

But then I tried a piece of chocolate and courgette cake not so long ago and it tasted so good. So light and fluffy and it still actually resembled the chocolatey taste. I didn’t think much more about this cake to honest, until I was flicking through a Waitrose Autumn food leaflet and I saw a chocolate and courgette traybake. On some Sunday baking whim I decided to try it out. Why not? I thought. You never know unless you try these things… I decided to do this when everyone was out, of course, to avoid that look… you know, the are you really going to put that green thing in that chocolate mix? look. The why change something that works? look.

Here’s how it went…

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Cute aprons and comfy footwear optional (but highly recommended!)

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So, my thoughts? A definite success. The smell was, admittedly, distinctively ‘veg’-like, and not that lovely rich fresh chocolate cake one, and I could see courgette remnants when I cut myself a slice. But I persevered and it was worth it. It tasted even fluffier and lighter than the cake that inspired the bake. Light and fluffy is perfect in chocolate cakes because it doesn’t leave that sickly bloated feeling when you unintentionally eat far too much whilst sat in your elasticated waist pj bottoms in front of the TV on a gloomy Monday evening.

I gave some to my parents who confirmed it’s success (not something handed out fruitlessly either!)

If I were to do it again? I would probably grate the courgette up even more finely, using a different side of the grater. I also accidentally left the chocolate melting which caused it to go thick and grainy instead of smooth and runny.

But the point is… I would do it again. And I recommend you do too, or at least to try out a recipe that may sound strange!

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