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12 Hidden Vegetable Recipes

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Enjoy a helping of vegetables and dessert—at the same time!

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Discover 12 delicious baked goods that happen to include vegetables. We’ll bet that many of you who aren’t vegetable lovers won’t be able to tell what’s hidden inside!

When our parents told us to eat all of our vegetables, we might have been more cooperative if they had been disguised in cakes, pies, and brownies! 

1. Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This delicious beet cake recipe offers a new twist on an old vegetable!

beet cake
Photo Credit: Sarah Perreault

2. Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini brownies? Yes! Zucchini adds moistness, texture, and nutrition to this popular dessert. And we’ll bet NO one will know they have zucchini inside!

zucchini brownies
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3. Best-Ever Carrot Cake

The Best-Ever Carrot Cake is moist, rich, and topped with a tasty cream-cheese frosting. We’ve tested this reader recipe, and trust us—it’s aptly named!

carrot cake
Photo credit:  Ivanna Pavliuk/Shutterstock

4. Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes for dessert? Yes, please! This simple-to-make sweet potato pie recipe will perfectly complement any dinner.

sweet potato pie
Photo Credit: Guy J. Sagi/ShutterStock

5. Pumpkin Sugar Cake

Here’s a coffee cake in the tradition of Moravian sugar cake, the yeast-raised cake made from potato dough and covered with a buttery sugar topping. Our version uses pumpkin instead of potato and has an orange hue that’s quite pretty. 

pumpkin cake
 Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

6. Zucchini Bread

What’s great about zucchini bread is that it doesn’t taste like vegetable bread. Don’t say anything to those picky vegetable people until afterwards!

zucchini bread
Photo credit: Joseph E Ligori/Shutterstock

7. Sweet Potato Smoothie

This sweet potato smoothie is flavored with warm spices, anti-inflammatory ginger, and nutritious sweet potato. It tastes like a sweet potato pie without all the sugar!

sweet potato smoothie
Photo credit: Patty Sanders

8. Carrot Pecan Pie

You might be surprised to learn that the secret ingredient in this pecan pie recipe is carrots!  They add natural sweetness.

Photo Credit: Natasha Breen/Shutterstock

9. Irish Potato Pie

This velvety, creamy treat made with mashed potatoes, eggs, cream, sugar, and nutmeg. It tastes like a smooth custard—with no taste of potato.

Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

10. Butternut Squash Spice Cake

Watch out, carrot cake! Cooked squash adds rich flavor and plenty of moisture to this spiced, delicious cake.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

11. Zucchini Spice Cake With Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

A great cake with hidden fruits and veggies to share with your kids!

Photo Credit Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

12. Pecan-Crust Sweet Potato Pound Cake

This is one of our favorite vegetable cakes. It is tender, faintly spicy, and has a light orange crumb.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Sarah Perreault

Senior editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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