Blackberry Cottage, cakes with veg, well I never did!!

Kate from Blackberry Cottage recently visited West Berkshire Mencap bringing delicious supplies of cakes and traybakes which all had one thing in common, they all had vegetables in them. This venture started about ten years ago when a mum turned up at Kate’s home in tears because she was unable to get her child to eat any vegetables. This obviously struck a chord with Kate who started to experiment with cakes and veg. Whilst I have heard, and quite like, carrot cake, this is kindergarten compared to what Kate produces. Kate made some chocolate brownies with spinach which were gobbled up by the little girl involved. Yes they do count as one of your five a day and are lower in fat than the traditional recipes.

Kate uses a wide range of vegetables from aubergines to zucchini (yes I know they are courgettes but the effect is better if I call them zucchini as Kate did). The veg are all locally sourced and she has a great organic ethos. She also runs cookery courses which sound great fun. Email Kate at kate@blackberrycottagefayre for more info or visit her website for more details of all the different cakes www.blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk.

I had to think hard about whether to post this because as you know I only post about good food and I was a little wary about the whole veggy cake thing but I tasted them and they were delicious. I am hoping to get a selection box on my desk as I have hinted to my staff. Plus she came to Bubble Club, our group for under 5’s that we hold every Wednesday morning which is held in particular for those parents who have just found out that their children have been diagnosed with a disability, a very traumatic time but certainly eased that day by tasty cake.

Flapjack with courgette
Flapjack with courgette
Chocolate brownies with spinach
Chocolate brownies with spinach
Fruit loaf with parsnip
Fruit loaf with parsnip
Honey and almonds with carrots, gluten free
Honey and almonds with carrots, gluten free

Please do let me know if this post inspires you to try a course or some of Kate’s delicious cakes, I have been discovering more and more that people are reading my posts and trying out my recommendations and that just thrills me!

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