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 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 tray containing 5 delicious cake portions:-

  • Chocolate Sponge with Butternut Squash
  • Apricot & Almond with Carrot
  • Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Potato
  • Fruit Loaf with Parsnip & Lemon Icing
  • Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting

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:-

  • Gluten, Dairy, Nut, Egg Free & No Added Refined Sugar (suitable for Vegans)
  • Delicious Moist Pudding full of Rum Cask Cider Soaked Fruit (suitable for Vegetarians)
  • Traditional Old Recipe with Ale & Carrots (suitable for Vegetarians)
  • Delicious Moist Pudding full of Stout Soaked Fruit (suitable for Vegetarians)

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 has 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.

If you would like to try some Blackberry Cottage treats for yourself, Mother Distracted readers can claim a 10% discount until 31st December using the code MD2017.  Free delivery is included too!

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

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Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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donna hale
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donna hale

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Margaret GALLAGHER
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Margaret GALLAGHER

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

Jo m welsh
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Jo m welsh

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

Andrea Upton
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Andrea Upton

The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing sounds lovely

Lynda Graham
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Lynda Graham

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

melanie stirling
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melanie stirling

I would like to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette.

Solange
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Solange

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

Margaret Clarkson
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Margaret Clarkson

Apricot and almond with carrot slice.

Margaret Clarkson
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Margaret Clarkson

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Kayleigh Watkins
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Kayleigh Watkins

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

Sheila Bound
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Sheila Bound

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

Helen Thurston
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Helen Thurston

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

Kim M
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Kim M

Would love to try the Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting x

mari sutherland
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mari sutherland

Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

Annabel Greaves
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Annabel Greaves

I would love to have the carrot cake with vanilla frosting

Ritchie Dee
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Ritchie Dee

Free From Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

Jim M
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Jim M

I would love to try theApricot & Almond with Carrot Slices

Ray Becker
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Ray Becker

carrot cake with vanilla frosting

Tracy Nixon
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Tracy Nixon

The Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting!

Rena Plumridge
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Rena Plumridge

I would love to try the Lime Drizzle with Courgette

Lorraine Stone
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Lorraine Stone

The fruit loaf with parsnip and lemon icing, yummy!

Emma Nixon
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Emma Nixon

The carrot cake with vanilla frosting looks rather tasy

Katie Bishop
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Katie Bishop

Lime drizzle with courgette cake sounds scrummy!

Krzysia
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Krzysia

The chocolate brownies look and sound really moist and luscious.

lindsay chadburn
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lindsay chadburn

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

Lesley Bradley
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Lesley Bradley

Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds fab

Jade Pawley
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Jade Pawley

I love the sound of the Lime Drizzle with Courgette!

EMMA WALTERS
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EMMA WALTERS

Lime Drizzle with Courgette sounds yummy x

Lorraine Rivers
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Lorraine Rivers

I’d love to try the flapjacks with courgette

amy bondoc
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amy bondoc

The carrot cake with vanilla frosting looks delicious!

Fiona B
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Fiona B

Rum Cask Cider Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

Kelly L (@kellycloggs)
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Kelly L (@kellycloggs)

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting would be my choice!

Helen B
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Helen B

The Chocolate Brownies with Beetroot sound yummy 🙂

Ren Taylor
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Ren Taylor

Chocolate brownies with beetroot sound yummy!

Lisa Parker
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Lisa Parker

The Chocolate Brownies with Spinach sounds interesting.

Rhia
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Rhia

Apricot & Almond with Carrot Slice for us, please!

Claire glace
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Claire glace

Mini Christmas Pudding Selection Box, perfect x

laura banks
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laura banks

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

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

helen tovell
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helen tovell

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

leanne weir
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leanne weir

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

Ian Ferguson
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Ian Ferguson

Chocolate Cake and Brownie Box

Jess Howliston
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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!).

Bob Clark
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Bob Clark

Rum Cask Cider Christmas Pudding Traditional Round

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

Jo Hutchinson
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Jo Hutchinson

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH SWEET POTATO

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
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Oh wow this sounds like such a fab place to visit. What a great way to get fruit and veg into the kid

Thena Franssen
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Thena Franssen

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

Victoria Cattanach
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Victoria Cattanach

EEEEEEK gluten free Christmas pud!!! 😍😍😍

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

Priscilla Stubbs
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Priscilla Stubbs

Love to try the carrot cake