5 Cake Recipes with Unexpected Ingredients

These cake recipes made us do a double take! We were surprised by the unusual main ingredients, and think you will be, too! However, each of those unexpected ingredients adds something unique and wonderful to the cakes, which is why we were inspired to share them with you.

1) Sweet Potato Cupcakes {Vegan}

The super special ingredient that makes these cupcakes so unique is sweet potato! Using sweet potato for the base of these cakes gives them a warm, inviting flavor. They’re also perfectly moist, which is perfect for the texture of the cake. Sweet potatoes are a good source of B-complex vitamins, iron and magnesium, so feel free to indulge a little in this treat. You can also add raisins to the batter for extra texture, sweetness and nutrition.

2) Decadent Chocolate Cake {Gluten-Free}

This recipe for decadent chocolate cake on Mel’s family-friendly blog definitely took us by surprise. If you tasted this cake without seeing the recipe, you’d never guess that the base ingredient is actually one of our favorite superfoods: quinoa! That’s right. This cake is super moist, delicious, and chocolate-y, and actually made with cooked quinoa. You can’t even taste the quinoa which is combined with unsweetened cacao powder and other cake ingredients.

3) Black Bean Lava Cakes {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

These black bean lava cakes from Davida’s blog, The Healthy Maven, are incredibly rich, nourishing cakes, with a gooey chocolate center. It’s everything you love about chocolate lava cakes, but made with all natural ingredients. We love that these gorgeous little cakes are made with black beans, so they’re secretly rich in protein, fiber and iron. The recipe also calls for other healthy ingredients like almond meal and ground flaxseed. It’s simply healthy chocolate deliciousness! What more can you ask for?

4) Chocolate Avocado Cake {Vegan}

You may have begun to notice a trend of chocolate recipes in this list, but who doesn’t love chocolate? Next up is another chocolate treat to delight the senses. This unique creation is a vegan chocolate avocado cake from Joy of Joy The Baker. We love that her recipe incorporates healthy fats from fresh avocados and almond oil. The avocado makes the cake perfectly moist and dense, which is just what you want in a cake. The best part is the recipe is so easy and straightforward. Also, for those that are curious, it doesn’t actually taste like avocado!

5) Flourless Chocolate Beet Cakes {Gluten-Free}

All you soufflé lovers will adore this recipe for chocolate beet cakes. They’re a gluten-free treat that uses a combination of fresh beets and almond flour for the base. The beet flavor goes undetected and the semisweet chocolate is what really stands out in this recipe. The beets do however give these little cakes their incredible soufflé-like quality. The end result is a delicious fudgy chocolate treat that is suitable for gluten-free diets!

Which of these cake recipes would you want to try?


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