(Cool as a) Cucumber Cake: Variations on a theme

In the past couple of years recipes for Chocolate Beetroot Brownies, Courgette Cake, Parsnip Cake and so on have been popping up all over the place. And I must say I am delighted. I have been a lifelong fan of the humble carrot-cake, and so the use of a wider range of vegetable matter in my baked items is joyous. And, miraculously, the Chocolate Beetroot Brownie has presented me with a way I can eat beetroot without wanting to gag! Spectacular!

 But lately I’ve felt uninspired by the usual range of garden offerings. The solution: to Google! “Find me an interesting cake”, says I, “preferably one I can play around with and add interesting flavours to!” And Google did not fail me. Up pops Cucumber Cake.

 I am a fan of Cucumber, especially during the summer – Pimms would not be the same without it, nor would a Hendricks G&T. It’s a bit of a British staple item. But I’ll admit that it would not have been my first guess for a baked item (other than the cucumber sandwich, of course).

 The basic recipe comes from http://honestcooking.com/2011/12/14/cucumber-cake/

 The original recipe uses chopped nuts (and cinnamon), which I removed as a matter of necessity. No, I’m not allergic, but if I’m giving this to my Grandparents then their Dentist (my father) will not appreciate the potential broken teeth involved.

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Cucumber Cake

   

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

 Ingredients

  • Plain Flour – 315 grams to 330 grams
  • Sugar – 200 grams
  • Baking Powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
  • Sunflower Oil – 205 grams
  • Fresh Cucumber – 2 – (approx 600 grams)
  • Eggs – 3

 Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 C and keep a bread/cake tin greased and dusted.
  2. Wash, peel the cucumbers and coarsely shred them in to a colander. Apply slight pressure to the shredded mix to remove out moisture so that they are moist enough but not overtly drippy. Set aside.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the shredded mix, eggs and oil. On a medium speed, beat all the ingredients till they are combined well (approx 2 minutes).
  4. Pour the batter in to the prepared cake tin
  5. Let it bake at 160 C for 60 minutes or till an inserted skewer comes clean.
  6. Serve plain or with any topping as desired.

 Well, I can say that this cake is light, tasty, and wonderfully moist! It has a fantastic springy texture and holds its shape without a problem. I made two versions: one in a round spring-form tin, and the other divided between 2 2lb loaf tins. Both worked very well.

 Variations on a Cucumber Theme!

 I tried a couple of variations on the basic recipe above.

 1)      Cucumber and Mint Cake with a Lime Icing – add a bit of chopped mint to the cake batter, and ice with a basic lime/icing sugar mix once cooled.

 2)      Cucumber and Lime Cake with an Elderflower Icing – Add some lime zest and juice to the cake batter, and ice with an Elderflower cordial/icing sugar mix once cool.

 Both these combinations worked well, but I noticed (oddly) that although I had expected the cucumber to have a very delicate flavour it was in fact quite resilient. So if you’re worried about drowning the flavour out, don’t be – it can stand up for itself!

The original recipe suggested that this is a good breakfast item (note my glee!). I think I would like to try making this again, but using whole wheat flour, nuts, cinnamon and maybe chuck in some dried apple and reduce the sugar (to make it at least seem a bit healthier), and maybe replace a bit of the oil with low fat yogurt. I’ll need to have a play around with it so the texture isn’t ruined, but I think I can say that Cucumber Cake maybe a new breakfast friend!

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