Monday, February 27, 2012

Recipe: Kale Cake

This recipe was submitted as a comment after my recent post about the big 0 recipes (none - I mean it!) I have for desserts on this blog, which is supposedly about 'all things kale'! The comment complete with a recipe was way too long to include as a comment, so I have reposted it here instead. Many thanks!!

Disclaimer - I have not tried it.

Extra disclaimer - it looks too time-consuming for me, but I have friends who do love making just this type of time-intensive, multi-step, and detailed dessert, so I'll bet there are some of my readers who will also jump at the chance to make this cake. It does sound both beautiful and delicious.

Please let me know if you do try it. Feel free to send me a photo or two at this email address dianaloveskale (at), along with any variations you may have incorporated into the recipe.

Here is a kale cake recipe I found at

Vegan Kale Cake with Sweet Potato Filling
Photo by CSA shareholder and professional food photographer, Evi Abeler (

This has to be my new favorite dessert! It's a creation of CSA shareholder Laura Forer, who picks up her share in Harlem, NYC. Her online bakery, Waltzing Matilda's NYC, specializes in unique Australian pastries. Laura adapted a carrot cake recipe that she found on Hell Yeah It's Vegan! Blog to create the cake, and a vegan vanilla-banana custard recipe from to create the fabulous filling. (, Thank you, Laura!

Kale Cake with Sweet Potato Filling
Filling Ingredients
2 cups soymilk
2 tablespoons cornstarch 
⅓ cup sugar 
¼ teaspoon salt 
2 sweet potatoes, boiled and blended until smooth
1 tablespoon vegan margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pinch nutmeg

Cake Ingredients
2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspon baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons flax seed meal
¾ cup warm water
1 to 1½ cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups blanched, shocked, and chopped kale (about 2 bunches)
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Icing Ingredients
2 8-ounce containers Tofutti cream cheese
¼ to ½ cup vegan margarine
¾ to 1½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Filling Directions
1. Whisk cornstarch, sugar, and salt together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. 
2. Add milk and sweet potato and whisk until lumps disappear. 
3. Heat over medium heat, whisking, until the custard thickens. 
4. To test whether the custard is thick enough, dip a wooden spoon into the mixture and run your finger through the coating. 
5. When the custard is thick enough, the trail will not close back up. 
6. Take the custard off heat. Whisk in vegan margarine, vanilla, and nutmeg.
7. Cool with a plastic sheet pressed to the surface to prevent a skin from forming. 

Cake and Icing Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 8×8″ pans with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour through salt). In a large bowl, whisk together flax seed meal and water. Beat in sugar and oil. Add vanilla and blanched and shocked kale and mix until combined. Add dry mix and stir until moistened. Fold in walnuts. Pour equal parts into pans. Bake for 18-20 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 minutes.
2. For the icing, beat together Tofutti cream cheese and vegan margarine. Add vanilla and powdered sugar; whip until smooth. Do not overbeat.
3. Use a knife to loosen edges of cake from pans. Using parchment paper, lift cakes out of pans. Carefully remove parchment paper from one cake. Frost one cake with sweet potato filling and one cake with icing. Layer and serve chilled. 

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate - apparently, it can be cake, too!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD


Mike @TheIronYou said...

This recipe sounds amazing. Never thought of using kale + sweet potatoes in a cake.
I'm definitely going to try this!

Boots said...

My dad grows huge amounts of kale--so happy to find this site because we do eat what he gives us, healthy and free. But need recipes! I subbed kale into a zucchini bread recipe and it turned out surprisingly good! Next time I'll add a little cocoa powder because the color was pretty disgusting! I just whirled all the liquid ingredients and the kale in the food processor before adding them to the dry. Thanks for this blog--looking forward to looking around--