Thursday, 27 December 2007


There's nothing quite like a piece of cake to put a smile on every one's face around here. Probably because they are quite a rarity.

Since both of the children have allergies and multiple food intolerances buying cakes is almost always out of the question. There's almost always something in that one or the other shouldn't eat. Consequently I make my own and try where at all possible to include a veggie that the kids otherwise wouldn't eat. Some parents blend pasta sauces to hide veggies. My kids expect that I take it a step further!

Chocolate Courgette Loaf

170g of Green and Blacks dark chocolate
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
110g of caster sugar
225g of finely grated courgettes
175 ml of sunflower oil
2 medium eggs
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 180oC gas mark 4.
2. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin.
3. Melt chocolate on a dry bowl over boiling water.
4. In one bowl mix all dry ingredients thoroughly then add the courgettes and mix again.
5. In another bowl mix together the eggs and oil. Add this to the dry mixture and finally stir in the melted chocolate.
6. Place in oven till cooked which in my experience seems to be anything from 50 - 65 minutes.

Another cake recipe which I quite like is this one for Chocolate Beetroot Cake. During the Second World War the government produced leaflets advising people of possible substitutes for rationed food. Beetroot was considered to be a substitute for chocolate (?!?!) and a recipe not dissimilar to the one below was suggested.

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

11oz cooked peeled beetroot
3 large eggs
3oz good cocoa
7fl oz sunflower oil
pinch of salt
7 oz caster sugar
6 oz flour
3 tsp baking powder

1. Mix beetroots, oil, eggs and salt in blender.
2. Mix remaining ingredients together and then fold them into the beetroot mixture.
3. Bake in a loose ring cake tin 150 C / 300F / gas mark 2 for about 50 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

The beetroot cake is what I think of as a *grown up* cake. It is quite bitter sweet and may not appeal to all younger palates. My kids love it but then when it comes to cakes they have known no other than my home made creations. Bless them!


Wobblymoo said...

I've done the beetroot one a few times, but thanks for posting the courgette one, I will try that. You don't happen to have one handy for a dairy/meat free quiche do you :)

Claire said...

I don't have a quiche recipe to hand - although I should probably find one to help us use up all our eggs!

If you come across a good dairy free one will you let me know?