Kale cake? Yes! You can’t taste the kale in this delicious vegetable cake, but it gives this cake a bright green color and leaves some goodness behind. Hundreds of readers have made it and loved it.
I know, you’re thinking kale? In cake? But trust me. It’s awesome.
This naturally bright green cake (I swear, no editing with these pictures – the cake is really this green!) is colored by kale, but the flavor of it fades away.
I love this kale cake so much, that I’ve included it in my debut cookbook, Veggie Desserts + Cakes, all about vegetable cake recipes and vegetables in other desserts!
It has long been popular on this blog and hundreds of readers have written to me to tell me how much they’ve loved it.
I hope you love this vegetable cake too. Find out more about my vegetable cake cookbook.
This is the most popular vegetable cake recipe on my blog, with countless readers making it time and again.
Kale has risen up the ranks to become the world’s trendiest leafy green, but I’ve shunned the usual kale chips and smoothies, and made it naughty by baking it into a cake.
This post was originally published on January 18 2014, and updated on September 6 2021 with new photos, revised method and step by step images.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This was great – and I entered it into a competition and won first prize! Thanks!” – Mark
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I made this for St. Patrick’s Day. Such an amazing green cake!” – Tina
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I made this again today for a kids’ dinosaur party cake. Everyone loved it.” – Susa
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I made it and it was so amazing!!!! I’m going to make another for my bbq. I love this cake!” – Amanda
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Making it again this weekend. It went down so well with my work colleagues!” – Shauna
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It was fun to keep people guessing as to why it was green. Needless to say, the cake received lots of compliments and there was none left. Several people asked where I found the recipe.” – Megan
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I just made this cake.. It’s delicious!!!!! Will definitely make it again” – Caroline
This cake is naturally green with no food coloring.
It’s perfect for a dinosaur cake, monster cake or just a fun bright green cake recipe!
This kale cake has a delicate apple-flavoured sponge, topped with a zesty apple icing and, although there is quite a bit of kale, the flavour doesn’t overpower the other ingredients.
I’ve added applesauce to this veg cake, so less oil needs to be used.
This kale cake is sweet without being too sugary and has moist texture, as vegetable cakes often do.
For the icing, instead of the usual buttercream I beat the powdered sugar with applesauce and just a little butter to solidify it. The tangy-sweet icing compliments this vegetable cake well.
I know that you’re still skeptical. Heck, I would be if I hadn’t tried it.
Kale – get fresh, bright green kale and discard the woody stems.
Eggs – to help bind the cake.
Vegetable oil – go for a neutral-tasting oil like sunflower or canola.
Vanilla extract – adds richness and sweetness.
Applesauce – replaces half the oil for a healthier cake.
Sugar – white granulated sugar.
Apples – any apples will do, but I usually go for sweet eating apples.
Flour – plain, all-purpose flour.
Baking powder – to help the cake to rise.
Salt – to balance the flavors.
Please see the recipe card below for quantities.
Wondering how to make this kale cake recipe? It’s easy! Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Steam the kale for a few minutes until soft, then rinse in cold water and drain.
Add the kale to a blender (or a large bowl and use a stick blender) with the eggs, oil, vanilla, applesauce and sugar.
Blend until it’s smooth.
Pour the blended kale mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the grated apple.
Tip: be sure to squeeze excess moisture out of the grated apple.
Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and gently combine
Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
And a reader successfully made it into a vegan kale cake:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Delicious! I made it with flax “eggs” – came out great! Thank you for the beautiful recipe.” – Lyd
How to make a flax egg.
If you’re looking for more unusual vegetable cake recipes, try these:
If you make this kale and apple cake recipe, please tag it with #veggiedesserts on Instagram or other social media. I LOVE seeing your recreations of my recipes! Also, pop down to the comment and let me know how you got on with the recipe. It’s always great to hear from my readers.
This Kale Cake with Apple Frosting is a moist and fluffy layer cake that’s naturally green! You can’t taste the kale, but it leaves a vibrant green colour.
4.91 from 40 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Calories 349 kcal
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line 2 x 8”(20cm) round cake pans with baking paper.
Tear the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and boil or steam for 3-5 minutes until tender. Refresh by running under cold water, drain and squeeze out the excess liquid.
Pour the blended kale mixture into a mixing bowl. Squeeze the excess moisture out of the grated apple, then add the apple to the bowl and stir to combine.
Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and gently combine, taking care not to overmix at this stage.
Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Cool for 2 minutes in the pans and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Beat the butter, apple sauce and vanilla, then sift in the powdered sugar and beat until thick and smooth. If necessary, add a little more powdered sugar to thicken, or a tablespoon of milk to thin.
Frost the completely cooled cake. And, if desired, decorate the top wiht blueberries.
Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 137mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 1800IUVitamin C: 21.5mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1.5mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
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