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These 14 Cakes Have WHAT in Them?!

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If you're looking for a vanilla layer cake piled high and slathered with buttercream, don't read on.

Kidding! Seriously, please do read on. Just know, though, that none of these cakes are what you would consider "classic." While they may have buttercream, that buttercream's spiked with sesame seeds—or maybe it's not buttercream at all, but rather silken tofu in disguise.

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These 14 cakes are slightly wacky, but in the most wonderful way. In fact, we think, with an open mind, they might just become new friends.

Roberta's Parsley Cake
Roberta's Parsley Cake

This cake has 4 (!) cups parsley and 1 cup mint packed in.

Butternut Squash Pie-Cake
Butternut Squash Pie-Cake

A pie-cake with a vegetal identity crisis.

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Tomato Soup Cake
Tomato Soup Cake

Don't worry! You don't actually taste the tomato soup.

Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes
Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes

A cheesy cake? With candied tomatoes? Crazy!

Anna Jones' Amazing Lemon Cannellini Cake
Anna Jones' Amazing Lemon Cannellini Cake

There are 2 cans of beans in this cake. Two! And silken tofu in the frosting.

Sweet Potato Hummingbird Cake
Sweet Potato Hummingbird Cake

In addition to 2 pounds of sweet potatoes, this cake also calls for green peanuts.

Tahini Cake with Blueberry Swirl
Tahini Cake with Blueberry Swirl

Tahini is added to the batter and is used to brush the Bundt pan.

Tahini "Soufflé" (Molten Tahini Cakes)
Tahini "Soufflé" (Molten Tahini Cakes)

This time, tahini goes into individual, sweet-salty molten cakes.

Jessica Koslow’s Carrot-Ginger Black Sesame Loaf
Jessica Koslow’s Carrot-Ginger Black Sesame Loaf

There's a carrot cake below that thick blanket of black sesame seeds.

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Sesame Buttercream
Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Sesame Buttercream

Sesame and carrots meet again, but this time, the tahini's blended into the buttercream.

Snow Day Surprise Red Lentil Cake
Snow Day Surprise Red Lentil Cake

A wheat-free cake made with soaked-then-blended red lentils.

Pomegranate Molasses Crumb Cake
Pomegranate Molasses Crumb Cake

The pomegranate molasses adds a fruity tang to this buttery cake.

Strawberry Balsamic Spoon Cake with Poppy Seeds
Strawberry Balsamic Spoon Cake with Poppy Seeds

The strawberries get macerated in balsamic vinegar and honey before they're spooned over the cake batter.

Little Flower's Tomato Ricotta Cake
Little Flower's Tomato Ricotta Cake

With tomato marmalade AND tomato cream cheese frosting. (And you don't need fresh tomatoes to make it.)

What's your favorite surprising ingredient to put in cakes? Tell us in the comments below!


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