Beetroot and courgette cake

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By: Paul A Young From: Good Food Bites

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.33 / 5 (43 votes)

Prep time:
20 min, plus soaking
Cook time:
1 hr
Makes 1 cake

For a delicious and unusual treat try Paul Young's yummy cake flavoured with sultanas, beetroot and courgette


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. In a large mixing bowl set the all-bran to soak in the milk until soft and porridge-like.

3. Add the caster sugar, bettroot, courgette, self-raising flour, baking powder and honey to the soaked all-bran, mixing well.

4. Spoon the mixture into a parchment-lined, greased large loaf tin or deep 20cm cake tin.

5. Bake for 1 hour until set. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin.


  • 75 g all-bran cereal
  • 400-450ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 150 g unrefined caster sugar
  • 130 g sultanas
  • 25 g beetroot, grated
  • 25 g courgettes, grated
  • 180 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder, sifted
  • 1 tbsp clear honey

Tips and suggestions

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Strange but true, vegetables work very well in the baking of cakes. Many vegetables are sweet in taste and very distinctive in flavour, such as cucumber and beetroot.
Other vegetables, which lend themselves to baking include: sweetcorn, carrots, parsnips, courgettes, red cabbage, sweet potato, and of course rhubarb, which surprisingly is a vegetable. Using this recipe is a great way to add more vegetables and fibre to our diet.

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Found that could have done with more courgette and beetroot,or change name to all bran cake, 25g is neither here nor there if you get my meaning.

JohnW8698 JohnW8698  Posted 11 Apr 2013 12:28 PM

I'm afraid not Margaret - but given that it has no butter in and relatively little sugar, I would imagine very few!

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food  Posted 05 Jan 2012 9:27 AM

Please do we know how many calories per portion this cake has?

MargaretL82021 MargaretL82021  Posted 04 Jan 2012 3:34 PM

I couldn't find All-bran but used 'mornflake' oatbran flakes instead, so at least the rest of the box will get eaten someday. Made it as per the rest of the recipie though and didn't need all the milk to soak into the flakes. Was hoovered up by my work colleagues... can recommend it!

Scottydog Scottydog Posted 03 Sep 2011 11:54 AM

Hello! Well the all-bran works because it goes so soggy in milk...I'm not sure that you'd get the same effect with oat bran? But why not test it? Soak some oat bran in milk and see if it goes soggy...if it does, then I don't see why it wouldn't work as an alternative.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 04 Jul 2011 3:41 PM

Is there anything I can substitute for the bran cereal in this cake? I can eat oat bran but not wheat bran - would that work? Hope someone can help, thanks

eleonora1352000 eleonora1352000 Posted 01 Jul 2011 1:13 PM

This is an extremely easy cake to make and despite my reservations of making a cake with vegetables I was pleasantly suprised at the end result. It was moist and very tasty. My work colleagues were so impressed that the recipe has been passed around more times than the Olympic torch!

Erica4 Erica4 Posted 30 Apr 2008 9:43 AM