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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Salad Cake

This cake surprised even me! You replace the oil and water with dense vegetables and they practically disappear.  Serve this rich dark chocolate creation to your guests but don’t tell them it’s packed with veggies until after they have tasted it.

Servings: 12
Cook Time: Prep Time: 20 minutes; Total Time: 1 hour
Meal Type: Dessert
NC Ingredients: eggs, carrot, squash, zucchini, apple

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Dark Chocolate Cake Mix
large carrot (skin on, just washed well)
celery stalk
small yellow squash (skin on, and washed)
small zucchini (skin on, washed)
medium apple (skin on, washed)
tsp. vanilla extract
extra-large Dark Chocolate Hershey bars


Shred all the vegetables and place them in a large bowl.  Add eggs, vanilla and cake mix.

Spray 6 (6 ounce) ramekins with cooking spray.  Pour the cake mixture into the dishes and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.  You may have to bake them a little longer depending on the moisture in the vegetables.  Continue to bake until knife comes out clean. These cakes need to be completely dry throughout. The knife needs to come out clean or with dry crumbs on it.

Allow cakes to cool for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a plate or tray.

Place Hershey bars onto cakes to melt or melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour over the cakes. You may need to spread them with a knife or spatula.  Let the chocolate spread down the sides of the cake.

Serve immediately or refrigerate.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.