I'm sure you're all familiar with carrot cake. The pairing of sweetness with a vegetable isn't completely new. But I wanted to try something different. I wanted to experiment, combine flavours I haven't used before and my favourite colours. Monsieur likes to make fun of my preference for the colour combination of "pistachio and raspberry", so pale green and pink is the obvious choice then, you can't go wrong with that, right?
Anyway, after a bit of thinking and research I came up with cucumber and rose. Well, actual pistachio and raspberry would have been a little boring. The cucumber flavour works remarkably well and gives the sweet sponge a slightly spicy edge. The sponge itself is so moist that it doesn't require any cream on the inside. Instead I decided to cover it with a rose water flavoured fondant. The sugary topping does, if I might say so myself, work wonders with the slightly spiced sponge. So, I thought I'd share my recipe with you. Read on to find out how to make this cake.
- 150g plain flour
- 150g sugar
- 100g butter
- 200g fresh cucumber
- 4 large eggs
- 2tps baking powder
For the icing:
- 250g fondant icing sugar
- 3tbsp rose water
- 3-5 drops of pink food colouring
Here's how it's done:
- Preheat your oven to 175C
- Grease a round, loose-bottomed baking tin (around 20cm large)
- Scrape out the seeds from the cucumber, chop into chunks and whizz in a food processor until close to puréed.
- Mix the flour and baking powder.
- Mix the butter and sugar until pale.
- Add the eggs, one by one to the butter and sugar and keep mixing until smooth.
- Now add 1/3 of the flour followed by 1/3 of the cucumber.
- Keep mixing and repeat until all the flour and cucumber is combined.
- Pour the mix into the greased tin and put into the oven.
- Bake for around 50mins or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Take the cake out of the oven and leave to cool completely.
- Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl.
- Add the rose water and food colouring and mix until smooth
- Pour over the cake and leave to gently flow down the sides