Do your kids hate eating vegetables?

When my kids were little, it was a struggle to get them to eat their veges…

I remember my eldest, when he was about 2 years old, hated veges! One dinner time, he was refusing to eat his peas. I let him know he couldn’t leave the table until he had finished his vegetables. I was distracted for a moment, and when I looked back all his peas were gone! I was so happy to see that he had finished his dinner! Later, after cleaning up, I was watering the African Violet that was on our kitchen table… and what did I find hiding under the leaves? Yes, you guessed it – all of his peas!!!

I realised I was losing this mealtime battle – so I had to get creative.
I looked through my cooking books and notes from school – as one of my cooking teachers was Cordon Bleu trained and came up with some amazing flavour combinations – and I found a recipe that had veges hiding in it…
I thought I would make it without telling the kids what was in it, and see what they thought.
They LOVED it!

And so I would like to share it with you today. Enjoy!

Chocolate (Zucchini) Cake

  • 110g soft butter
  • 125ml sunflower oil
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 125ml sour milk (I like to use buttermilk, or regular milk if I don’t have any buttermilk handy)
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tbs cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (optional)
  1. Combine the butter, oil and sugar.
  2. Add the eggs, vanilla sugar and sour milk to the butter mixture and blend thoroughly.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and salt togeter, and fold into the butter mixture.
  4. Fold in the zucchini.
  5. Pour into a buttered cake tin or buttered pyrex dish, which has been lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake at 150 degrees (fan forced) for 45  minutes.
  7. When cooked, allow to cool.
  8. If you would like to, you can ice the cake, or sprinkle the chopped walnuts and chocolate on top before serving

It is a deliciously moist cake, and fantastic to take on picnics!

(If you or anyone in your family has food sensitivities – feel free to substitute ingredients according to your/their needs…)

Did you know that nowadays there are fabulous recipe books, like Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld, that have LOTS of these sorts of recipes? I highly recommend this book – it has some fantastic ideas and recipes!

Do you have any favourite recipes that your kids love, that have secret veges that they don’t even realise are hiding there? Please feel welcome to share them with me in the comments below! I would love to learn more kid-friendly, vegetable-rich recipes!

And keep an eye out for my next blog, where I’ll share my Chocolate (Potato) Cake recipe – another family favourite!

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