Vegetables have been commonly used in baking cakes and muffins. A common one is carrots to make one of my fave - carrot cake. Recently I also found out about adding zucchinis (or courgettes) to brownies and cakes. I also found some recipes advising using beetroot in chocolate cakes.

I am wondering what other vegetables can be used in baking? Is there anything I should watch out for? Does a certain vegetable pair well with another ingredient?

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    How do you define "baking"? If you don't insist on sweet results, you can bake practically any vegetable, especially as a filling in a strudel or lasagna. A savoury muffin can also contain practically any plant you can cut small enough.
    – rumtscho
    Sep 9, 2011 at 20:13

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Ah, you missed the obvious: pumpkin!

This is biologically a fruit, actually, as is the zucchini. Pumpkin loves same spices as carrot. Maybe even rum or butterscotch too.

Now, beetroot is a veg and colors cakes delectably; perhaps why it was originally added when going stingy on the cocoa.

How about parsnip next? Sweet and nutty, I think pistachios would complement it well in a recipe borrowed from zucchini bread.

more veg here: http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/articles/how-to-make-cakes-from-vegetables

p.s. if you haven't guessed Rabarber is rhubarb


Potato bread is a staple in many cultures, and potatoes can be baked in sweet cakes as well.

And don't forget cornbread!


I don't know whether this is done all over the world, but here (austria) where I live there is a special cake called 'Rhabarber Kuchen' which means roughly translated 'rheum cake'. It's very delicious imo. As it name tells, it contains Rheum.

I just found a website just for this kind of cake: http://www.rhabarberkuchen.net/ Maybe you can use a translator to make something out of the recipes.

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    I think that's be better translated as rhubarb cake; rheum is the genus including rhubarb. And yes, rhubarb is commonly eaten in cakes and pies in the US too.
    – Cascabel
    Sep 7, 2011 at 14:57
  • My first thought for "rheum" was something like mucus.
    – SourDoh
    Nov 8, 2013 at 15:06

Carrots, broccoli or even pumpkins they are all ideal for cakes, especially pumpkin: it gives a great taste.

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