Kale and Apple Cake

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Author Notes: With a local market filled with giant bunches of kale as big as umbrellas, it's hard not to keep finding inspiration to turn this gorgeous green into all manner of recipes. This Kale and Apple Cake is absolutely bursting with veg, tastes great and stays moist for ages so can be made ahead. Eat your greens, in cake!Kate | Veggie Desserts

Serves 8

Kale and Apple Cake

  • 2 cups fresh kale leaves, torn into small pieces, woody stalk discarded
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, peeled and grated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line two round cake pans.
  2. Boil or steam the kale for a few minutes until tender. Refresh by rinsing in cold water, then drain and puree with a stick blender (it will still be a bit stringy).
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, applesauce, sugar and vanilla together well. Beat in the kale puree and grated apple, then sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and combine gently.
  4. Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 2 minutes in the pans and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

Apple Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons smooth applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and beat well until smooth. Frosting can be stored in the fridge until needed.
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6 months ago Anita

I can hardly wait to try this recipe. We LOVE kale so why wouldn't it be perfect in cake? This would be great for St. Patrick's Day celebration.....I can't find your Kale-Apple pie recipe!


9 months ago Amanda Beth Glücklich

Just made this cake- it's divine, you can't even taste the kale. Just wondering how you got your icing to be so white and thick. I just made the frosting and it's liquid-y, off-white and looks nothing like yours. I didn't use clear vanilla, so I know that's one of the reason's it's not simply white.


9 months ago Kate | Veggie Desserts

Hi Amanda, I'm so glad that you liked the cake! I used brown-tinted vanilla as well, so I think it could be down to the applesauce itself. I used homemade applesauce made with apples from my sister-in-law's tree so I'm not sure of the variety, but possibly Cox. It was a rather pale coloured applesauce. I'm not sure where you are, but maybe a Pink Lady, Spartan, Jazz or Golden Delicious apple would do it. Just peel, slice, steam and puree the apples to make an easy applesauce for the icing. I'd puree it really well - you can see from the picture that I didn't and my icing was rather lumpy! :)