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Veggie Desserts and Cakes Cookbook
Hi, I’m Kate, a freelance food writer, cookbook author, magazine columnist and award-winning blogger. I’m unashamedly obsessed with vegetables, whether they’re in my breakfast, dinner or desserts! If you’re looking for kale cupcakes, you’ve come to the right place.
Finalist – BOOM Soil Association Awards (2017)
Winner – Best Food Blog (UK National Blog Awards)
Jamie Oliver Blog of the Month
Top Sante Magazine Bloggers of the Year
Finalist – Food Magazine Awards (2015)
Shortlist – BIBs Brilliance in Blogging Awards (2014, 2016)
Why Vegetable Desserts?
I’ll happily admit that I have an obsession with putting veggies into desserts. Spinach cake, parsnip spice loaf, chocolate beetroot cupcakes… I could go on and on with my list of favourite vegetable cake. And I don’t hide them, the veggies stand loud and proud in desserts and cakes around this house.
I’m a mum to two small children and I try to give them healthy, fresh food. My love of vegetable desserts started with the cake for my son’s first birthday. It was to be his first taste of chocolate, and although I wasn’t going to begrudge him that, I wanted it to be a bit better for him. After a few trials, his birthday vegetable cake was ready: one layer of chocolate beetroot and one layer of chocolate butternut squash. It wasn’t exactly healthy, but it was a big step up from a shop bought cake. They went down well with everyone and my love of vegetable desserts began.
Since then, I’ve had ups (parsnip and lavender cupcakes) and downs (beetroot custard… shudder), but there is one certainty – no vegetables shall rot in my fridge. If they don’t make it to the main course, they will make it to dessert. I buy organic and local as often as I can and I’d love to grow more of my own beloved vegetables – but my attempts have been rather poor so far. I spend a lot of time growing slug buffets.
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More about Kate Hackworthy
Before my current incarnation as a vegetable cake-baking mum, I was born in Canada then moved to the UK in my late teens. I worked for many years in London for a media company, co-authored a book about London, wrote bar and restaurant reviews for magazines and lived in a narrowboat. Now I live in a house on land in Somerset and scrape weetabix off the floor most mornings. And bake, bake, bake vegetable cakes. While the little ones play I clatter about the kitchen trying to come up with new concoctions.
Now I would like to share my recipes with you. I hope you enjoy them.