Vanilla Spinach Cake

Vanilla Spinach Cake

The spinach makes this cake a vibrant green colour, but you can’t actually taste the spinach. It's a fun hidden vegetaboe cake that tastes like a vanilla sponge, but there’s a little added goodness in there from the leafy greens. It makes for a fun cake colour and it’s perfect for parties.

Ingredients for cake:

  • 3 cups (150g) raw spinach


  • 3 large eggs (or flax eggs)


  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ¾ cup (150g) sugar


  • ⅔ cup (100g) smooth applesauce


  • ½ cup (100ml) vegetable oil


  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour


  • 3 teaspoon baking powder


  • ½ teaspoon salt

Ingredients for frosting:

  • ½ stick (75g) unsalted butter


  • 2 cups (250g) powdered icing sugar sifted


  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Optional - sprinkles to decorate

Instruction for cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C. Grease and line 2 x 8 inch (20cm) cake tins.


  • Steam or simmer the spinach for a few minutes until wilted.


  • Run under cold water to refresh, drain and squeeze out any excess moisture.


  • Puree well with a hand blender and set aside.


  • Beat the eggs, oil, vanilla, applesauce and sugar together well. Beat in the spinach puree.


  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and gently stir to combine.


  • Pour into the prepared tins and bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely

Instruction for frosting:

  • Beat all ingredients together until fluffy. If necessary add a little more milk to thin or icing sugar to thicken.


  • Refrigerate until ready to spread on the completely cooled cake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

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