18 vegetable cake recipes to use your veg
From carrot to beetroot and courgette, we put all kinds of veg to work in these delicious sweet bakes
Looking for vegetable cake recipes? Want the best carrot or beetroot cake? Perhaps you want to experiment with the likes of courgette, parsnip or pumpkin in your bakes? Try our ideas below.
We have lots more inspiration for easy cake recipes, vegan cakes and cupcakes, too.
Turn your veg into a cake
Everyone's heard of carrot cake and pumpkin pie, but you can turn all manner of veg into a moreish teatime treat. Vegetable cakes make a nifty way to sneak in some of your five a day – sweet parsnip and courgette keeps sponge super moist, beetroot adds earthiness and a deep-purple hue while avocado offers a subtle, silky texture.
Vegetable cakes are great for making the most of the seasons: transform a late-summer crop of courgettes into an avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake or turn wintery beetroot into a squidgy chocolate beetroot cake, brimming with sweet earthy flavours. You could even switch up your go-to carrot cake with an updated parsnip and maple syrup cake. Perfect for using up any leftovers from your veg box.
Instead of baking a classic sponge cake, try turning a glut of allotment root veg into a batch of fluffy cupcakes or even these baked doughnuts. Discover more of our vegetable cakes below.
How to make a cake from beetroot
Chocolate beetroot cake
Beetroot adds earthiness and a deep-purple hue to this chocolate bake, best served with a great big dollop of crème fraîche. A great way to use a beetroot glut.
How to turn your carrots in a cake
Everyone loves the spiced flavour of carrot cake – and you'll be a fan of how simple this recipe is. We use muscovado sugar for a rich flavour, golden sultanas and pecans for texture and a shot of syrup to sweeten the frosting.
Carrot cake cupcakes
We've reimagined the classic carrot cake in cupcake form, and made it all the more delicious with an orange cream cheese frosting. You don't need butter for the sponge – it calls for light olive oil instead.
Classic vegan carrot cake
This classic frosted carrot cake is made with a surprising vegan ingredient that guarantees a moist sponge every time. It was created by Richard Makin (also known as the School Night Vegan) and might just be your new favourite version of the classic.
Carrot-halwa millionaire bars
This decadent hybrid recipe combines a fudgy carrot halwa topping with a buttery pistachio shortbread base.
Carrot and tahini muffins
Give classic carrot cake an upgrade with a silky smooth, nutty tahini buttercream – these posh muffins make for the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Healthy carrot cake muffins
Try our healthier alternative to carrot cake. Thick greek yogurt is the key to these miraculous muffins, flavoured with orange zest, mixed spice and maple syrup.
Carrot cake cheesecake
Combine two well-loved classics to make a next-level pud. Packed with plenty of spice, zest of an orange and crunchy pecans, this recipe is sure to impress friends and family.
Gluten-free carrot cake
Carrots, pistachios and almonds give this gluten-free carrot cake a rich, moist crumb, and the toasted marshmallow icing is a lighter topping than traditional buttercream.
Bakes to use courgette
Courgette, avocado and lime drizzle cake
Sneak some of your five a day into your bake with this recipe for courgette cakes with avocado and a lime drizzle. The courgettes keep the sponge lovely and moist while the avo gives a subtle silky feel.
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Courgette and coconut layer cake
If you love veggie cakes then you'll love our easy courgette and coconut cake. The courgette helps keep the layers of sponge super moist, while fluffy cream cheese icing is packed in between them. Topped with coconut crisps, it's an easy but handsome bake.
Chocolate courgette cake
Here's a great way to use up a glut of courgettes. This decadent, chocolaty cake serves up to 12 – great for a birthday or other celebration.
Try these super-simple savoury muffins, made with grated courgette and cheddar. These easy vegetable muffins make a delicious afternoon snack.
Bakes to use rhubarb
Rhubarb and ginger upside-down cake
Rhubarb gives this impressive upside-down cake a colourful patchwork-style top. The tart rhubarb is complemented with ginger and white chocolate for a seriously tasty bake.
Rhubarb and custard cake
Capture a nostalgic sweet in cake form with this delicious rhubarb and custard sponge. Soured cream keeps this bake moist, and the crumble topping is a great contrast to sharp rhubarb.
Rhubarb frangipane cake
Pair tangy rhubarb with ground almonds in this nutty sponge and serve with crème fraîche for an easy dessert. This recipe comes from nose-to-tail Italian restaurant, Manteca.
Change up your usual carrot cake and make this easy version with parsnip instead. Darina Allen's impressive recipe starring this sweet root veg is super moist, delicious and easy to make. Make extra crisps to nibble with drinks.
Bakes to use pumpkin
Dotted with nuts and flavoured with maple syrup, this seasonal special (made with real pumpkin) is finished with a zesty soft cheese topping.
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