02 August 2017

Recipe Favourite - Homemade autumn vegetable or glacier cake


Homemade is the best! Do you have kids who don’t like to eat vegetables? Or it could be your partner or even yourself?
Well here’s a cake recipe that you wouldn’t even guess is based on vegetables and is delicious. It also looks like a series of icy glaciers in autumn or mountains in the European Alps or a volcanic mountain in Africa.
My partner and I just returned from our European holiday visiting Mout Olympus in Greece and the Alps in Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy.

We also visited Africa and passed over the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on the Kenya-Tanzania border on our way to Nairobi from Mombasa. The awesome mountain looks just like my autumn cake.
Image: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
So I have named this delicious cake – Homemade Autumn Vegetable or Glacier Cake. I do prefer, however, to make it in the winter time with a cup of hot chocolate.

It is very simple to make and no fuss. I hope you enjoy it.
Homemade Autumn Cake

Ingredients

  • 250 grams sweet potato
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • Choose between 1/4 cup to 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 grams melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Icing –
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water


Method

Heat over to 180 degrees or 160 degrees if fan forced.
Cut the sweet potato up into small pieces so it steams faster. Place in a steam saucepan and cook.
Whilst sweet potato is cooking, sift flour and place in a large bowl with spice and sugar (choose how much sugar you would like between 1/4 cup to 1 cup).
Melt the butter in a microwave. Being careful not to over cook it as you only want it melted. Lightly beat the eggs and place in large bowl with the dry ingredients.
Once the sweet potato is cooked. Mash it. Grate the zucchini and squeeze it in your hands so the juice is extracted.
Add the melted butter, mashed sweet potato, zucchini and nuts to the dried ingredients in the large bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased cake tin.
Bake in oven for 50-60 minutes. Test with a dry stick to ensure cooked through.
To make the icing put icing sugar, maple syrup and water in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Make sure to only pour over the cake when it has cooled thoroughly.
Options:

Use different nuts. Try hiding other vegetables in the cake. Just make sure the consistency is the same.
Enjoy your homemade autumn vegetable or glacier cake!
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