24 November, 2017

How To Get One Of Your 5-A-Day From Cake

Readers of this blog will know the by now legendary challenge I have to get enough fruit and veg into the kids.  Caitlin has always been reasonably good but Ieuan is proving more stubborn.

Parents will be familiar with the general boredom that sets in when you have to listen to your own, largely ignored lectures about the health benefits of vitamins and minerals on repeat, whilst the kids languidly prod whichever gadget is in reach.

vegetables in cakes - delicious cakes from Blackberry Cottage

So it is time to explore a new and sneaky way to get veg into them – and happily, the bakers at Blackberry Cottage have a cunning plan.

As they explain, vegetables in cakes have been around for hundreds of years – everyone has heard of carrot cake – but they have designed a whole range of vegetable cakes and tray bakes, as well as a delectable selection of Christmas puddings.

Their cakes have vegetables as the biggest ingredient which allows them to reduce refined sugars and fats.  They also use alternative flours such as rice and gram as well as the more traditional ones.

Based in Berkshire, the team bake every day in their artisan kitchen.  Blackberry Cottage cakes are hand baked in small batches using home grown or locally sourced supplies – and using eggs from their own chickens.

We were sent a Tea Time Cake Selection to try containing 5 delicious cake portions:-

We found all of them lovely and moist without being overly sweet.  Whilst you can see the vegetables in the cakes, they are not the over-riding taste.  This is brilliant because if you didn’t tell your kids what they were eating, I doubt they’d realise they were eating veg!

My favourite was the Chocolate Sponge with Butternut Squash whilst the Husband liked the delicate taste of the Fruit Loaf with Parsnip & Lemon Icing. Caitlin and Ieuan both chose the Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Potato as their favourite.

Enthused with this new method of eating vegetables, Ieuan announced he was now going to eat a Blackberry Cottage brownie every day.

Cakes need to be stored in a cool dry place and you can freeze them too.

We were also sent a Blackberry Cottage Round Christmas Pudding to try.  There are four to choose from:-

Ours was the one full of Rum Cask Cider Soaked Fruit and it was a dense, rich pudding full of spices and surprises such as figs. The kids wolfed theirs down with Caitlin opting for her usual 3 pints of custard.

Although you can steam the pudding (100 minutes), it also microwaves nicely in 3 minutes so that’s what we did and it worked fine.

The cider used in our pudding comes from a local cider maker in West Berkshire using a variety of eating, cooking and crab apples which have been fermented and matured in oak rum barrels.

The pudding we were sent was the 450g size which serves 4 comfortably but there is also a 900g which serves 8 and larger sizes are available.

Our pudding came wrapped in muslin and finished with a pretty ribbon so would make a great gift too.  I’m not the only one who would eat Christmas pudding after Christmas, surely?!

If you would like to learn how to incorporate vegetables in cakes, you can even attend one of Blackberry Cottage’s courses or demonstrations.

I have to confess I’m not the only one to discover Blackberry Cottage.  They have been featured in Vogue, The Daily Mail, Landlove Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and Healthy Diet Magazine, among others.

You can find out more at www.blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk or email kate@blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk.

Would you like to try vegetables in cakes – you’ll never know, I promise!

209 comments so far.

209 responses to “How To Get One Of Your 5-A-Day From Cake”

  1. donna hale says:

    link not working

  2. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

    Chocolate cake and brownie box
    1 of my 5 a day too

  3. Jo m welsh says:

    I’d like to try the lime drizzle and courgette cake but they all sound interesting and tasty

  4. Andrea Upton says:

    The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing sounds lovely

  5. Lynda Graham says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting. My favourite – I mix in Cream Cheese with Pineapple into the frosting too.

  6. melanie stirling says:

    I would like to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette.

  7. Solange says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  8. Margaret Clarkson says:

    Apricot and almond with carrot slice.

  9. Margaret Clarkson says:

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  10. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    Sounds like my children, Connor acts like your poisoning him if you offer him fruit and Megan absolutely loves it, Mollie is 8 months she likes banana but I mushed it up last week and she didn’t like it, I also tried her with strawberries and she liked them squashed but not in little chunks, this is a great way to get them eating 1 of their 5 a day, although they now say 10 a day which is impossible, I’m not entering the competition, I’m just commenting as I can relate to the battle lol xx

  11. Sheila Bound says:

    The Fruit Loaf with Parsnip and Lemon Icing . Parsnip has such a distinct flavour that I’m intrigued to know what it tastes like

  12. Helen Thurston says:

    Fruit Loaf with Parsnip and Lemon Icing would be my first choice.

  13. Kim M says:

    Would love to try the Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting x

  14. mari sutherland says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  15. Annabel Greaves says:

    I would love to have the carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  16. Ritchie Dee says:

    Free From Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

  17. Jim M says:

    I would love to try theApricot & Almond with Carrot Slices

  18. Ray Becker says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  19. Tracy Nixon says:

    The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting!

  20. Rena Plumridge says:

    I would love to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette

  21. Lorraine Stone says:

    The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing, yummy!

  22. Emma Nixon says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting looks rather tasy

  23. Katie Bishop says:

    Lime drizzle with courgette cake sounds scrummy!

  24. Krzysia says:

    The chocolate brownies look and sound really moist and luscious.

  25. lindsay chadburn says:

    id love to try The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing it would no doubt taste amazing

  26. Lesley Bradley says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds fab

  27. Jade Pawley says:

    I love the sound of the Lime Drizzle with Courgette!

  28. EMMA WALTERS says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds yummy x

  29. Lorraine Rivers says:

    I’d love to try the flapjacks with courgette

  30. amy bondoc says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting looks delicious!

  31. Fiona B says:

    Rum Cask Cider Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

  32. Kelly L (@kellycloggs) says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting would be my choice!

  33. Helen B says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot sound yummy 🙂

  34. Ren Taylor says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot sound yummy!

  35. Lisa Parker says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Spinach sounds interesting.

  36. Rhia says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice for us, please!

  37. Claire glace says:

    Mini Christmas Pudding Selection Box, perfect x

  38. laura banks says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  39. Kara says:

    These sound amazing – ale and carrot xmas pud for me 🙂

  40. helen tovell says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot is the one I would like to try

  41. leanne weir says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  42. Ian Ferguson says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  43. Oo all these cakes sound delicious! I am a big fan on Christmas pudding and this one sound like a real luxury pud (and sounds delicious too!).

  44. Bob Clark says:

    Rum Cask Cider Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

  45. I would never really have thought about vegetable cake. I’d rather keep my vegetables seperate and my cake as cake x

  46. Jo Hutchinson says:

    CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH SWEET POTATO

  47. Oh wow this sounds like such a fab place to visit. What a great way to get fruit and veg into the kid

  48. Thena Franssen says:

    You had me at carrot cake. I would love to have that, its beyond one of my most favorite things in life!

  49. Victoria Cattanach says:

    EEEEEEK gluten free Christmas pud!!! 😍😍😍

    *casually now tries to hide how childishly excited I am to have found a GF Christmas pud option

  50. Priscilla Stubbs says:

    Love to try the carrot cake

  51. Kirsty says:

    The chocolate brownie with sweet potato sounds very interesting. It’s great you can freeeze them as well. What a great idea to help kids eat more vegetables

  52. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Lime drizzle

  53. Tanya Deliyska says:

    I would definitely love to try the Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice.

  54. Kevin Honey says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  55. iain maciver says:

    the carrot cake for me

  56. laura stewart says:

    the Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds nice x

  57. Michelle Ferguson says:

    The Lime drizzle and courgette sounds delicious

  58. Amanda tanner says:

    The chocolate cake and brownies.

  59. Beccy Parke says:

    Definitely the carrot cake with frosting!

  60. Tracey Peach says:

    Would love to try the Ale and Carrot Christmas Pudding Traditional Round I love Christmas puddings & this one sounds delicious

  61. Don Jones says:

    The brownie box

  62. Eliza Rychlowska says:

    Simnel cale sounds intriguing 😊

  63. Helen Swales says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting sounds divine, but to be fair, so do all the other delicacies, so difficult to choose.

  64. Jules Eley says:

    Chocolate Brownies with beetroot

  65. Carole E says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot

  66. Kelly Jones says:

    I adore vegetables in cake it is such a good way of getting those extra nutrients and an excuse to eat cake. Have you tried chocolate beetroot cake? It is so good x

  67. Michelle smith says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  68. Lorna Ledger says:

    Ale and Carrot Christmas Pudding Traditional Round wow!

  69. Elizabeth says:

    Chocolate brownies with sweet potato.

  70. Graham Ross says:

    I would love to have the carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  71. Sue McCarthy says:

    The Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  72. My little daughter only ever seems to like eating bananas… Other fruit and veg is just a no go as far as she is concerned… But she loves sweet food, so these could be great!

  73. Clara B says:

    The Ale and Carrot Christmas Pudding Traditional Round sounds fab

  74. kRIS says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  75. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Carrot cake and vanilla frosting

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  76. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    For me it has to be the Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  77. Leila Benhamida says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato

  78. Leila Benhamida says:

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  79. Emma Jones says:

    Ooooo Chocolate brownies are my absolute weakness lol so would have to say the Brownie Box 🙂 x

  80. Craig austin says:

    Chocolate cake and brownie box

  81. Chocolate cake and brownie box

  82. Sheena Batey says:

    Apricot and almond with carrot slice for me

  83. Charlotte says:

    the carrot cake sounds lovely! gotta love carrot cake

  84. Angela Kelly says:

    I would love to try the chocolate torte with aubergine.

  85. Caroline Hunter says:

    I think I’d go for the Chocolate Brownies!

  86. Andrea Fletcher says:

    The Flapjack with courgette.

  87. Lula Mercer says:

    The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  88. Andrew Robson says:

    Simnel cake for me

  89. Jemma Dwyer says:

    The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting!

  90. clair downham says:

    chocolate brownies with beetroot sounds intersting

  91. Debi Newman says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting sounds lovely x

  92. Lindsey Stuart says:

    Oh lovely, i would really like to try these carrot cake, my favourite type of cake

  93. fiona waterworth says:

    Simnel Cake sounds rather nice

  94. Suzanne Drummond says:

    chocolate cake and brownie box

  95. The carrot cake with frosting because I love carrot cake. 🙂

  96. A S,Edinburgh says:

    I’d like to try any of the Chocolate Brownies, and the Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice.

  97. Katie Skeoch says:

    Parsnip fruit love

  98. Angela Treadway says:

    Chocolate Brownies with Sweet Potato x

  99. Helen Hodgson says:

    Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Potato -sounds lovely

  100. Liam Fitzpatrick says:

    Sinnel cake sounds amazing!

  101. Joanne Beale says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette

  102. Roger Bufton says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato sounds nice!

  103. The Lime Drizzle with Courgette….Mouth Watering, actually dribbling writing this blog!

  104. Zoe Atherton says:

    Chocolate brownie with sweet potato sounds yum!

  105. jo liddement says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with beetroot look really tasty.

  106. Iain Colquhoun says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting is the one for me.

  107. Jake Ferrer says:

    I would like to try all of this especially the chocolate cake and brownie.

  108. judy kenendy says:

    Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot

  109. Laura Jeffs says:

    I’d love to try the Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot

  110. maria blythin says:

    love to try the chocolate brownies and beetroot, sounds very intresting x

  111. Jenn Gillies says:

    Chocolate brownie with spinach sounds so intriguing.

  112. Lorraine broll says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting- im a sucker for carrot cake.

  113. C Philip says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  114. Sharon Lou Johnson says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot sounds divine x

  115. Sarah Forster says:

    Ooh, these look intriguing. I’d have to say the chocolate brownie with sweet potato!

  116. Tracy Newton says:

    I would love to try the carrot cakes with vanilla frosting. I have not made a carrot cake in years

  117. Hester McQueen says:

    Lime drizzle with courgette please

  118. Emma Walton says:

    The lemon drizzle with courgette sounds interesting!

  119. GEOFF WICKENS says:

    CARROT CAKE WITH VANILLA

  120. Kirsty Webb says:

    Chocolate Torte with Aubergine

  121. carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  122. mundy says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato

  123. claire woods says:

    carrot cakes with vanilla frosting.

  124. katherine s says:

    I would love to try either the Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot or the Chocolate Brownies with Sweet Potato.

  125. Ruth Harwood says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting!!

  126. Violet Perkins Phillippo says:

    The chocolate brownies with spinach sound really interesting.

  127. Lisa Day says:

    The chocolate cake and brownie box looks lovely as I am partial to being attracted to chocolate cakes.It’s not my fault my brain just takes one look and goes chocolate!

  128. Amy says:

    There are some really interesting and delicious sounding recipies.
    I’d like to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette

  129. michelle o'neill says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  130. hannah wood says:

    For me its the brownie mix

  131. Adrian Bold says:

    Chocolate Torte with Aubergine

  132. Kev Cannon says:

    The Father’s Day Cake Box looks yummy

  133. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds intriguing

  134. Rich Tyler says:

    Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Potato

  135. Katrina Adams says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed and Sweet Potato cake sounds really good!

  136. Helen W says:

    LEMON, POPPY SEED WITH SWEET POTATO

  137. Sarah Ann says:

    The apricot and almond with carrot slice sounds delicious.

  138. DAWN HULL says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Sweet Potato sound very unusual. I am sure they would be delicious.

  139. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    The chocolate brownies with spinach definitely! Such a good idea!

  140. Michaela Hannah says:

    Lemon, poppy seed and potato cake – sounds amazing!

  141. claire griffiths says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  142. Carole Nott says:

    lovely products – would love to try CARROT CAKE WITH VANILLA FROSTING

  143. David Powell says:

    Why can’t I have Christmas Pud all year round!

  144. all of them look nice, but the cake and brownie box would be perfect

  145. Kate Holmes says:

    Flapjack with courgette

  146. Nikki Hayes says:

    The Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box looks fantastic :o)

  147. Mike W says:

    I’m a wimp, I’d go with what I know, Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  148. Karen Painter says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting sounds really tempting

  149. Karen Painter says:

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  150. Elaine Skye Clark says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting is tickling my taste buds. They all sound delicious.!

  151. Samantha says:

    I’d like to try the Mini Christmas Pudding Selection Box

  152. Linda Hill says:

    Apricot and almond with carrot slice looks so good!

  153. Ruth Davies says:

    chocolate cake and brownie box

  154. Sam Parkes says:

    Chocolate cake and brownie box looks delicious yummy

  155. Michael Clarke says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting, sounds delicious

  156. Wendy Guy says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting please.

  157. Anthea Holloway says:

    I would like to try the Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  158. aled gibby says:

    chocolate brownies with beetroot sound really funky!

  159. kayleigh Robinson says:

    They all sound amazing! I would love to try the lime drizzle with courgette xx

  160. Laura Pritchard says:

    The Chocolate Brownie with Beetroot sound amazing!

  161. becci cleary says:

    The Fruit Loaf with Parsnip and Lemon Icing sounds AMAZING!

  162. Karen R says:

    The chocolate brownies with spinach sounds intriguing xx

  163. sheri darby says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  164. Helen Gilbert says:

    Lemon Drizzle with Courgette sounds an interesting mix…love to try it !!

  165. Stevie says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Sweet Potato sound nice.

  166. A.E. Adkins says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice but they all sound & look great.

  167. sharon stanley says:

    It has to be the sweet potato brownies for me. I think as well as sneaking veg in for the kids my fiance would also eat it (if I didn’t tell him what was in it) which would be amazing as it’s only of late I have managed to get him to try new things.

  168. Deborah Bird says:

    Would love to try carrot cake with vanilla frosting!

  169. rebecca smith says:

    Ooo definitely the fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing

  170. Jo Hutchings says:

    The apricot and almond with carrot sounds nicest to me.

  171. Daniella says:

    Lime Drizzle with courgette

  172. caroline tokes says:

    Would love to try Chocolate cake and brownie box.
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  173. Rachel White says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting sounds delicious

  174. Tess D says:

    would love to try the Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato cake x

  175. Bianca Corcoran says:

    Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot

  176. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Carrot Cake With Vanilla Frosting

  177. Keith Hunt says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato Cake

  178. Miss Tracy Hanson says:

    Wow, these are very different. But CARROT CAKE WITH VANILLA FROSTING and CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH SWEET POTATO sounds delicious.

  179. Juli Savage says:

    Chocolate Torte with Aubergine – sounds different and delicious

  180. Nancy Bradford says:

    The chocolate cake and brownies look awesome and yummy x

  181. sharon martin says:

    the Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  182. Carol Boffey says:

    love to try the chocolate cake and brownie box

  183. Jessica Barber says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot sound delicious!

  184. Alison says:

    The ale and carrot christmas pudding looks interesting would love to try this

  185. Teresa sheldon says:

    The chocolate cake with butternut squash, the flapjacks with courgettes and the gorgeous carrot cake with vanilla frosting sound divine

  186. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    the Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  187. Teresa sheldon says:

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  188. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    The Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  189. Hayley F says:

    The carrot cake looks sooo good x

  190. dana says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  191. Sarah Austin says:

    Chocolate brownies!

  192. Jenny Rogers says:

    Fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing

  193. JULIE WARD says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  194. Rachael Sexey says:

    Lime drizzle and courgette

  195. Emma Davison says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  196. Tee Simpson says:

    Like the sound of the
    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  197. Sandra Fortune says:

    Ale and carrot xmas pudding sounds good and the carrot cake

  198. Claire Long says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting sounds amazing…I LOVE carrot cake!

  199. Andrea A says:

    I’d like to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette cake.

  200. katrina walsh says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  201. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    The ale and carrot Christmas pudding!

  202. Christian says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  203. Alexandra A says:

    I would so love to try the brownie box 🙂

  204. Fiona jk42 says:

    chocolate brownie with beetroot

  205. Gill gaskell says:

    Ale and carrot Christmas pudding…could be a game changer 😳👍😀

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