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

  1. Gill gaskell says:

    Ale and carrot Christmas pudding…could be a game changer ???

  2. Fiona jk42 says:

    chocolate brownie with beetroot

  3. Alexandra A says:

    I would so love to try the brownie box 🙂

  4. Christian says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  5. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    The ale and carrot Christmas pudding!

  6. katrina walsh says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  7. Andrea A says:

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

  8. Claire Long says:

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

  9. Sandra Fortune says:

    Ale and carrot xmas pudding sounds good and the carrot cake

  10. Tee Simpson says:

    Like the sound of the
    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  11. Emma Davison says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  12. Rachael Sexey says:

    Lime drizzle and courgette

  13. JULIE WARD says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  14. Jenny Rogers says:

    Fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing

  15. Sarah Austin says:

    Chocolate brownies!

  16. dana says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  17. Hayley F says:

    The carrot cake looks sooo good x

  18. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    The Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  19. Teresa sheldon says:

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  20. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    the Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  21. Teresa sheldon says:

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

  22. Alison says:

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

  23. Jessica Barber says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot sound delicious!

  24. Carol Boffey says:

    love to try the chocolate cake and brownie box

  25. sharon martin says:

    the Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  26. Nancy Bradford says:

    The chocolate cake and brownies look awesome and yummy x

  27. Juli Savage says:

    Chocolate Torte with Aubergine – sounds different and delicious

  28. Miss Tracy Hanson says:

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

  29. Keith Hunt says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato Cake

  30. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Carrot Cake With Vanilla Frosting

  31. Bianca Corcoran says:

    Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot

  32. Tess D says:

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

  33. Rachel White says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting sounds delicious

  34. caroline tokes says:

    Would love to try Chocolate cake and brownie box.
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  35. Daniella says:

    Lime Drizzle with courgette

  36. Jo Hutchings says:

    The apricot and almond with carrot sounds nicest to me.

  37. rebecca smith says:

    Ooo definitely the fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing

  38. Deborah Bird says:

    Would love to try carrot cake with vanilla frosting!

  39. 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.

  40. A.E. Adkins says:

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

  41. Stevie says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Sweet Potato sound nice.

  42. Helen Gilbert says:

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

  43. sheri darby says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  44. Karen R says:

    The chocolate brownies with spinach sounds intriguing xx

  45. becci cleary says:

    The Fruit Loaf with Parsnip and Lemon Icing sounds AMAZING!

  46. Laura Pritchard says:

    The Chocolate Brownie with Beetroot sound amazing!

  47. kayleigh Robinson says:

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

  48. aled gibby says:

    chocolate brownies with beetroot sound really funky!

  49. Anthea Holloway says:

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

  50. Wendy Guy says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting please.

  51. Michael Clarke says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting, sounds delicious

  52. Sam Parkes says:

    Chocolate cake and brownie box looks delicious yummy

  53. Ruth Davies says:

    chocolate cake and brownie box

  54. Linda Hill says:

    Apricot and almond with carrot slice looks so good!

  55. Samantha says:

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

  56. Elaine Skye Clark says:

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

  57. Karen Painter says:

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  58. Karen Painter says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting sounds really tempting

  59. Mike W says:

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

  60. Nikki Hayes says:

    The Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box looks fantastic :o)

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

  62. David Powell says:

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

  63. Carole Nott says:

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

  64. claire griffiths says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

  65. Michaela Hannah says:

    Lemon, poppy seed and potato cake – sounds amazing!

  66. Sadiyya Maryam says:

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

  67. DAWN HULL says:

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

  68. Sarah Ann says:

    The apricot and almond with carrot slice sounds delicious.

  69. Helen W says:

    LEMON, POPPY SEED WITH SWEET POTATO

  70. Katrina Adams says:

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

  71. Rich Tyler says:

    Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Potato

  72. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds intriguing

  73. Kev Cannon says:

    The Father’s Day Cake Box looks yummy

  74. Adrian Bold says:

    Chocolate Torte with Aubergine

  75. hannah wood says:

    For me its the brownie mix

  76. michelle o'neill says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  77. Amy says:

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

  78. 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!

  79. Violet Perkins Phillippo says:

    The chocolate brownies with spinach sound really interesting.

  80. Ruth Harwood says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting!!

  81. katherine s says:

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

  82. claire woods says:

    carrot cakes with vanilla frosting.

  83. mundy says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato

  84. carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  85. Kirsty Webb says:

    Chocolate Torte with Aubergine

  86. GEOFF WICKENS says:

    CARROT CAKE WITH VANILLA

  87. Emma Walton says:

    The lemon drizzle with courgette sounds interesting!

  88. Hester McQueen says:

    Lime drizzle with courgette please

  89. Tracy Newton says:

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

  90. Sarah Forster says:

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

  91. Sharon Lou Johnson says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot sounds divine x

  92. C Philip says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  93. Lorraine broll says:

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

  94. Jenn Gillies says:

    Chocolate brownie with spinach sounds so intriguing.

  95. maria blythin says:

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

  96. Laura Jeffs says:

    I’d love to try the Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot

  97. judy kenendy says:

    Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot

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

  99. Iain Colquhoun says:

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

  100. jo liddement says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with beetroot look really tasty.

  101. Zoe Atherton says:

    Chocolate brownie with sweet potato sounds yum!

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

  103. Roger Bufton says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato sounds nice!

  104. Joanne Beale says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette

  105. Liam Fitzpatrick says:

    Sinnel cake sounds amazing!

  106. Helen Hodgson says:

    Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Potato -sounds lovely

  107. Angela Treadway says:

    Chocolate Brownies with Sweet Potato x

  108. Katie Skeoch says:

    Parsnip fruit love

  109. A S,Edinburgh says:

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

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

  111. Suzanne Drummond says:

    chocolate cake and brownie box

  112. fiona waterworth says:

    Simnel Cake sounds rather nice

  113. Lindsey Stuart says:

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

  114. Debi Newman says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting sounds lovely x

  115. clair downham says:

    chocolate brownies with beetroot sounds intersting

  116. Jemma Dwyer says:

    The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting!

  117. Andrew Robson says:

    Simnel cake for me

  118. Lula Mercer says:

    The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  119. Andrea Fletcher says:

    The Flapjack with courgette.

  120. Caroline Hunter says:

    I think I’d go for the Chocolate Brownies!

  121. Angela Kelly says:

    I would love to try the chocolate torte with aubergine.

  122. Charlotte says:

    the carrot cake sounds lovely! gotta love carrot cake

  123. Sheena Batey says:

    Apricot and almond with carrot slice for me

  124. Hollie Gregersen says:

    Chocolate cake and brownie box

  125. Craig austin says:

    Chocolate cake and brownie box

  126. Emma Jones says:

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

  127. Leila Benhamida says:

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  128. Leila Benhamida says:

    Lemon, Poppy Seed with Sweet Potato

  129. ADEINNE TONNER says:

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

  130. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Carrot cake and vanilla frosting

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  131. kRIS says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  132. Clara B says:

    The Ale and Carrot Christmas Pudding Traditional Round sounds fab

  133. 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!

  134. Sue McCarthy says:

    The Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  135. Graham Ross says:

    I would love to have the carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  136. Elizabeth says:

    Chocolate brownies with sweet potato.

  137. Lorna Ledger says:

    Ale and Carrot Christmas Pudding Traditional Round wow!

  138. Michelle smith says:

    Carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  139. 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

  140. Carole E says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot

  141. Jules Eley says:

    Chocolate Brownies with beetroot

  142. 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.

  143. Eliza Rychlowska says:

    Simnel cale sounds intriguing ?

  144. Don Jones says:

    The brownie box

  145. Tracey Peach says:

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

  146. Beccy Parke says:

    Definitely the carrot cake with frosting!

  147. Amanda tanner says:

    The chocolate cake and brownies.

  148. Michelle Ferguson says:

    The Lime drizzle and courgette sounds delicious

  149. laura stewart says:

    the Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds nice x

  150. iain maciver says:

    the carrot cake for me

  151. Kevin Honey says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice

  152. Tanya Deliyska says:

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

  153. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Lime drizzle

  154. 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

  155. Priscilla Stubbs says:

    Love to try the carrot cake

  156. 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

  157. 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!

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

  159. Jo Hutchinson says:

    CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH SWEET POTATO

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

  161. Bob Clark says:

    Rum Cask Cider Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

  162. 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!).

  163. Ian Ferguson says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  164. leanne weir says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  165. helen tovell says:

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

  166. Kara says:

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

  167. laura banks says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  168. Claire glace says:

    Mini Christmas Pudding Selection Box, perfect x

  169. Rhia says:

    Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice for us, please!

  170. Lisa Parker says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Spinach sounds interesting.

  171. Ren Taylor says:

    Chocolate brownies with beetroot sound yummy!

  172. Helen B says:

    The Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot sound yummy 🙂

  173. Kelly L (@kellycloggs) says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting would be my choice!

  174. Fiona B says:

    Rum Cask Cider Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

  175. amy bondoc says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting looks delicious!

  176. Lorraine Rivers says:

    I’d love to try the flapjacks with courgette

  177. EMMA WALTERS says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds yummy x

  178. Jade Pawley says:

    I love the sound of the Lime Drizzle with Courgette!

  179. Lesley Bradley says:

    Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds fab

  180. lindsay chadburn says:

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

  181. Krzysia says:

    The chocolate brownies look and sound really moist and luscious.

  182. Katie Bishop says:

    Lime drizzle with courgette cake sounds scrummy!

  183. Emma Nixon says:

    The carrot cake with vanilla frosting looks rather tasy

  184. Lorraine Stone says:

    The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing, yummy!

  185. Rena Plumridge says:

    I would love to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette

  186. Tracy Nixon says:

    The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting!

  187. Ray Becker says:

    carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  188. Jim M says:

    I would love to try theApricot & Almond with Carrot Slices

  189. Ritchie Dee says:

    Free From Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

  190. Annabel Greaves says:

    I would love to have the carrot cake with vanilla frosting

  191. mari sutherland says:

    Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

  192. Kim M says:

    Would love to try the Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting x

  193. Helen Thurston says:

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

  194. 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

  195. 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

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  197. Margaret Clarkson says:

    Apricot and almond with carrot slice.

  198. Solange says:

    Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

  199. melanie stirling says:

    I would like to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette.

  200. Lynda Graham says:

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

  201. Andrea Upton says:

    The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing sounds lovely

  202. Jo m welsh says:

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

  203. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

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

  204. donna hale says:

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