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Sweet Broccoli Cake with Pumpkin Frosting

CIC headerWelcome to the third Crazy Ingredient Challenge!
Each month several wonderful bloggers and me have to come up with a dish that combines two ingredients you would normally not put together :)
This months challenge was: Broccoli & Pumpkin Puree!

As you can see, I like real challenges. And as always I just had to turn these two ingredients into a cake! I have found so much joy in creating cakes out of veggies in the past, so why not doing the same with broccoli?!
Since green and orange would turn into a ugly brown, I decided to use pumpkin only for the frosting :)
The result is amazing! The eartiness from the cake part (broccoli and nuts) combined with the sweetness of the frosting (intense pumpkin pie taste) is incredible. I had to force my husband to have a bite, he was so scared that poor little guy, and then it happened … he ate half the cake at once! Good lord if I had known this before I would have made more!

So this might be a great way to get veggie haters to eat them :)
Now let’s look at the recipe and then let’s see what all the others came up with.
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sweet broccoli cake with pumpkin frosting recipe

Sweet Broccoli Cake with Pumpkin Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
  • 11 oz. broccoli florets (about 1 medium head)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sugar (white, brown, coconut palm or stevia)
  • ⅓ cup almonds
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
The Frosting:
  • 1 tub store bought vanilla frosting
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
How you make it
  1. Preheat your oven to 305 F
  2. Line a 8 inch brownie pan with parchment paper
  3. In a food processor combine broccoli, eggs, nuts, sugar and orange zest until smooth
  4. Pour into a large bowl
  5. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and oil, then fold in until smooth
  6. Pour batter into baking pan, spread out a little
  7. Bake for 1 hour
  8. Let cool completely before frosting
  9. For the frosting simply mix all frosting ingredients together and pour over cake, then place in fridge or eat immediately

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  1. Oh, that look so moist, Jutta. I would never have thought of a broccoli cake but I may just have to try it.

  2. I am always amazed at you, you have the ability to make a wonderful and sweet dessert out of anything. Your baking skills amaze me! Thanks for hosting the party!

  3. I might give it a try. My husband thought I was nuts putting pumpkin in my dish, but it turned out so well and he loved it. He has asked for more!

  4. I went with dessert too, LOL. Love your cake, looks awesome! Thanks for hosting, Jutta :)

  5. LOVE that you went with dessert, Jutta! Such a creative idea. It looks yummy!!

  6. Sounds good! I don’t know if I could get my husband to try it, but I think my 4 year old would! Thanks for hosting this great challenge :)

  7. Jutta, I cannot believe you made a cake. And it looks really good too! Desserts scared me this month but I’m going to have to try yours – especially adding pumpkin to frosting!

  8. Broccoli cake… wow. I have to try this one! Very unique and it looks de-lish

  9. I had to foce myself not to make dessert.

  10. I love it! I love hiding veggies in all kinds of things! Thanks so much for these great challenges!!!

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