Blackberry Cottage

Supplying cakes with secret ingredients ....vegetables! They bake, run courses, give talks and demos. 

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Blackberry Cottage bakes cakes with a difference - the largest ingredient is a vegetable. 

Vegetables in cakes have been around for hundreds of years, we’ve all heard of carrot cake. Blackberry Cottage has taken it one step further and designed a whole range of vegetable cakes.

Their ultimate aim was to make the vegetable the biggest ingredient in the cake but still taste like a regular cake, and they've certainly achieved it. By introducing vegetables in such large proportions, it's possible to reduce refined sugars and fats, in some recipes, none are added.

Blackberry Cottage lies in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, baking every day, using local ingredients and suppliers, including eggs from their own chickens.

Blackberry Cottage has an online shop supplying customers with cakes by post or for collection, as well as supplying Coffee Houses, Farm Shops and Delis when they're back open. Kate runs a highly acclaimed cookery school - which is currently online, is the author of Cakes with Secret Ingredients from Aubergine to Zucchini and is regularly asked to give talks and demonstrations

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RT @SLRPhotography1: 🥕 My favourite cake is Carrot Cake!! 🥕 What is your favourite cake?? . @Blackberry_Cott #carrotcake #cakephotogr…

RT @HungerfordFoodF: Looking forward to our first 2022 food & artisan market on Sun 10 Apr with lots of local stalls, live music, street fo…

Mother's Day...... March 27th.... ⁠ ⁠ A selection of five cakes made with flowers and vegetables bringing a whole new dimension to cakes.⁠ ⁠ Our flower and vegetable selection box is a perfect gift for a mum who loves cakes.⁠ ⁠ blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/mother… #mothersdaygift pic.twitter.com/s27iZ8tVz7

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RT @ADG_Moore: Discover what's new at #SBS and #QueenOf winner @Blackberry_Cott be it #corporate #gifts and lots of cakes with secret ingre…

Who else is getting excited for pancake day???? I love pancakes, these are our beetroot ones, just look at that colour. And made with buckwheat so are gluten free too This recipe can be found on our blog blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/february-the-m… #pancakeday #pancakes #pancakeday2022 #beetroot pic.twitter.com/TCBkP4YWVh

Tell me what you are baking this weekend? Anyone baking cakes with secret ingredients? #weekendbaking #saturdaykitchen pic.twitter.com/LawIkkcLoq

They say we should occasionally put a face to the Twitter account, I know I never do this enough, so here I am, this is me, the head of the Blackberry Cottage team. lovely to meet you all and a HUGE thank you to my little army of followers, lets keep it growing. #meetthemaker pic.twitter.com/5DRgnWSxBD

I'm going to tell you an interesting fun fact about me. I keep rare breed sheep. This lovely lady is a Manx Loaghtan. In the 1950's there were only 43 of these sheep left, now there are around 1500 breeding ewes. #rarebreedsheep #rarebreedsurvivaltrust #m pic.twitter.com/6W1btjWXDx

Sweet Potato Pancakes.......⁠ ⁠ With pancake day around the corner, what is your favourite topping?⁠ ⁠ Our sweet potato pancakes are delicious with honey and lemon.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠#pancakes #bakeandshare #sweettreats #bakewithkids pic.twitter.com/s6qGclyFww

Did you know parsnips were actually used as mock bananas in time of rationing.⁠ ⁠ Parsnips in cakes were once as popular as carrots are in cakes today.⁠ ⁠ We think parsnips are perfect for cakes, one of our most popular cake is Fruit Loaf with Parsnip and Lemon Icing.⁠ ⁠ pic.twitter.com/3YPcilk3ts

Well this weather is miserable, wet and windy, but our blackcurrant & spinach meringue pie is going to hit the spot this evening. Made with our delicious sweet potato pastry. Time to batten down the hatches for #stormeunice pic.twitter.com/Nk0xmIQ6Zx

Did you know that Eccles cakes are in fact not cakes but pastries.⁠ ⁠ They were traditionally served with Lancashire cheese which goes particularly well with them.⁠ ⁠ Of course our Eccles have a little twist to them.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ pic.twitter.com/ZRJL7CVr6L

With Mothering Sunday around the corner, we can give you the gift that keeps on giving. Our cakes clubs are the perfect answer for any cake lover, choose from 3, 6 or 12 months, every cake is made with vegetables as one of the largest ingredients. blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk pic.twitter.com/SbgAEO1uSU

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS CAKE. Cauliflower St Clements cake, absolutely delicious. Oh yes you read that right cauliflower in a cake. More recipes like this can be found in our book, cakes with secret ingredients from aubergine to zucchini #cake #5adaycakes #vegetablecakes pic.twitter.com/1iNrnSeYTu

Happy Valentines Day to everyone ❤️ #valentine #love #valentinesday #valentines #valentineday #valentinegift #birthday #gifts #handmade pic.twitter.com/EBld3ecDkC

FREE RECIPE.......⁠ ⁠ Coffee and Walnut Sponge with Swede⁠ ⁠ To get your free recipe head over to our website, scroll to the bottom, pop your details into the Claim Your Free Recipe box.⁠ blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk #freerecipe #cakerecipe #vegetablecakes #glutenfree pic.twitter.com/FZfnx7OLvD

Tomato and raspberry ice cream...... Have some friends over this weekend, their kids hate tomatoes, but love my freak shake, made with our tomato and raspberry ice cream. Shhhh... say no more pic.twitter.com/U7KMCcoi4v

Did you know we do #corporategifts too, coffee and cake boxes, great for #teamappreciation #pr #thankyou #postalcakes that you can add your own message on the box, with a choice of tea, coffee and cakes. blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/letter… pic.twitter.com/HfVyMJB5GE

A Peas of Cake, did you see what I did there.. The inspiration for this cake came to me whilst eating a mint chocolate at the end of a meal, that had also included minted peas, and hey presto - Pea, mint and chocolate cake. Ok, so you don't have to decorate it with peas. pic.twitter.com/fgaH2pbNJW

Learn a new skill – as a Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider, you will be whisked away into learning how to incorporate vegetables into cakes. Learning a great life skill. blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/dukeof… @DofE #DofE #DukeofEdinburghawards pic.twitter.com/A7kBxKv0ZR

Sneaky peek, this will be live in our shop soon.⁠ ⁠ Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Box⁠ ⁠ Filled with delicious cakes, scones and tea.⁠ ⁠ Perfect for a celebration afternoon tea or picnic⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #jubileecelebrations #platinumjubilee #afternoontea pic.twitter.com/TYEBChDZXZ

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting.....⁠This months cake club..... ⁠ We do cake clubs, 3, 6 & 12 month, great gift for the cake lovers in your life & the cakes have a little twist, the vegetables are one of the largest ingredients.⁠ ⁠ Look out for next months cake.⁠ #cakes pic.twitter.com/xUIEegVihM

A little bit retro today...... turnip and pineapple upside down cakes. The turnips give the sponge a lovely creamy taste which compliments the pineapple. #5adaycakes #vegetablecakes pic.twitter.com/mgagSgaXsN

Courgette and orange pancakes. These are SOOOO delicious. Sunday morning vibes. Love the weekend #Sundayvibes #lazysunday pic.twitter.com/vaaJ6lgGp5

This is my grandads wheel barrow, I say is, I should say was, he passed away 18 years ago, to me it's still his. I've a lot of his garden tools I still use today, I like to think of him watching me when I'm gardening he'd probably think to himself 'l wouldn't do it like that' pic.twitter.com/xA47CicyWH

One of my favourite cabbages is the savoy cabbage. Here we have added it to our cinnamon rolls, savoy cabbage has a sweetness to it which compliments the cinnamon. Recipe from our book Cakes with Secret Ingredients from Aubergine to Zucchini blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk pic.twitter.com/qRrjApa2gf

Which Christmas pudding was your favourite? our award winning Rum Cask Cider Round Christmas Pudding was certainly a firm favourite here.⁠ ⁠ Do you know we do not use any plastic in our Christmas puddings.⁠ ⁠ Hand wrapped in muslin, just like they used to be.⁠ ⁠ #noplastic pic.twitter.com/xEULq7OWKo

Yum, it's vegan too, but you wouldn't know it. Chocolate cake with beetroot and kale. If you are wanting to send a small gift this cake is in our tea (or coffee) letterbox gifts. Sending a perfect little hug/thank you/thinking of you through the post. #vegan #veganuary pic.twitter.com/aGdFFY1NWp

Chocolate brownies with spinach.....⁠ ⁠ “Melt in the mouth”⁠ ⁠ “best we’ve ever tasted” ⁠ ⁠ “rich, dark, dense” ⁠ ⁠ “enough spinach to keep Popeye going for a whole weekend”⁠ ⁠ These are just a few of the lovely comments we have received about our “signature dish”⁠ pic.twitter.com/D6oANtC397

First Christmas pudding of 2022 being sent out #traditionalroundchristmaspudding pic.twitter.com/ChIljpso9F

I'm a huge fan of eating seasonally, not to waste an ounce I have a wonderful recipe on my blog for a Swede and Blood Orange steamed sponge which will blow away those January blues, blood oranges are not in season very long. blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/swede-blood-or… #vegpower #eatseasonlly pic.twitter.com/dRvMgeKePA

When we get a last minute request, we will do everything in our power to fulfil it. Having to move to a virtual course, we made it a little bit better by sending out our letterbox coffee and cake. Then we receive a lovely email like this #mademyday #letterboxcakes #thankyou pic.twitter.com/16Tz3jhcvp

#Eat seasonally...... ⁠ Swede and Blood Orange Cake⁠ ⁠ Both blood oranges and swede are in season right now and they marry beautifully to create this fantastic moreish cake ⁠⁠ This recipe is available in our book 'cakes with secret ingredients from aubergine to zucchini' ⁠ pic.twitter.com/ZBrJPkJCi9

Fruit Loaf with Parsnip and Lemon Icing..... This months cake club....... Did you know we do cake clubs, 3, 6 and 12 month, a great gift for the cake lovers in your life and all the cakes have a little twist, the vegetables are one of the largest ingredients. #cakeclub #cakes pic.twitter.com/wx5sFbTdDR

Sunday mornings are made to take time out. Read a newspaper - do you still read newspapers? Have a coffee and a slice of cake. Perfect time to have a flapjack with courgette. Our flapjacks are a firm favourite, have you tried them yet? pic.twitter.com/3UQuPUILwp

Anyone else going to be making marmalade this weekend? What is your favourite marmalade recipe, I love adding a tot of whiskey with mine. #marmaladetime pic.twitter.com/vMrndnbMxc

Paul Potts maybe is the Lion Fish #MaskedSinger

This is a teacher at my daughters school, it would be wonderful if we could find the gentleman who helped save Guy's life #westbershire #reading #cardiacarrest Off-duty nurses and unknown man save life of Reading teacher after cardiac arrest while running readingchronicle.co.uk/news/19661220.…

RT @parsnippo: Back at the castle today to photograph Actress Maureen Lipman is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Prince o…

Thanks @ADG_Moore twitter.com/ADG_Moore/stat…

RT @CLFairs: Here to help with your Christmas Day menu are some of the country’s finest food and drink producers, live in our Country Livin…

RT @ADG_Moore: Discover what's new at #SBS and #QueenOf winner @Blackberry_Cott be it #corporate #gifts and lots of cakes with secret ingre…

Thanks @ADG_Moore twitter.com/ADG_Moore/stat…

Are you a kindle book or a real book person? I am certainly a real book person. There is nothing better than a cuppa a slice of cake and a good book, who else agrees? #book #readingbook #coffeeandbook #teaandbook #sliceofcake pic.twitter.com/1AUPqIJz1r

Not any old flapjack, Blackberry Cottage flapjacks have courgette in them.⁠ ⁠ Made with real butter, juicy sultanas, rolled and whole oats with a little bit of sugar and honey and a whole load of courgette.⁠ ⁠ Perfect, for #picnics or any flapjack lover out there.⁠ pic.twitter.com/3beqdSHwPU

I'm so glad you like it @LaverokBirdFood twitter.com/LaverokBirdFoo…

RT @HungerfordFoodF: Yum yum @Blackberry_Cott - love your guilt-free cakes with secret ingredients! Look forward to seeing everyone tomorro…

Looking forward to @HungerfordFoodF tomorrow, we are all baked and ready to rock and roll with all your favourites and some specials too 10.30 to 2.30 at The Croft, Hungerford. pic.twitter.com/W0He4cZP54

To celebrate the start of #Wimbledon fortnight, we have made our fabulous Cucumber & Pimm's cake. Now, who am I going to share it with........ You can find this recipe on page 73 in our book - cakes with secret ingredients from aubergine to zucchini #wimbledon2021 #tennis pic.twitter.com/2XgmRluPFW

Has that got your taste buds flowing?......⁠ ⁠ All our cakes are made with vegetables as one of the largest ingredients, not just a token gesture.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #food #cake #foodie #cakes #baker #bakery #vegetablecakes #5adaycakes #cake #recipebook #cakesbypost #postalcakes #cakegift pic.twitter.com/YHEf1G4py1

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When I first told my family I was going to combine tomatoes and strawberries in a tarte Tatin, the silent reply was deafening. Now it's a firm favourite. You can see me demoing this truly scrumptious dessert on Saturday 26th June at 3.30 @CheltFoodFest pic.twitter.com/mxjmjRV1yO

Does your dad like cake?⁠ ⁠ They will never guess that our cakes have vegetables as one of the largest ingredients. ⁠ ⁠ We've teamed our letterbox cakes with Raw Bean Coffee bag, simply delicious and make a lovely gift.⁠ blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/father… pic.twitter.com/pn3sN13ztd

Does your dad like cake?⁠ ⁠ They would never guess that our cakes have vegetables as one of the largest ingredients. ⁠ ⁠ We have teamed up our letterbox cakes with Clipper tea, simply delicious and make a lovely gift.⁠ blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/father… pic.twitter.com/CF097zYYNi

Cakes with secret ingredients, from aubergine to zucchini, our book contains 27 different vegetables in over 100 cakes, cookies, ice-creams and Jams. blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/cakes-… #cakerecipebook #cakebook #recipebook #5adaycakes pic.twitter.com/W9guzMBN6a

RT @HungerfordFoodF: Looking forward to seeing everyone at our market 10am - 1pm tomorrow (Sun) at The Croft Field between St Lawrence's Ch…

Our fabulous letterbox gift will make his day! Tea or coffee with a generous slice of homemade cake choose from 4. All our cakes are make with our own eggs and homegrown veggies so not only a great gift but one of his five a day! blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/father… pic.twitter.com/9n20IekA1D

Our Spinach Brownies speak for themselves. Packed with iron rich spinach they're a scrummy way to your five a day! blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk pic.twitter.com/Q8DuCsvvZE

RT @ADG_Moore: Discover what's new at #SBS and #QueenOf winner @Blackberry_Cott be it #corporate #gifts and lots of cakes with secret ingre…

What a lovely message to receive this morning. Certainly put a spring in my step for the day. Have to admit the sweet potato lemon and poppy seed cake is a family favourite too. #happycustomer #customerappreciation #customersatisfaction #cakesbypost pic.twitter.com/hsBaLIoZZ2

It's Father's Day on 20th June. Stuck for ideas? How about our fabulous Coffee and Cake Letterbox Gift. Four scrumptious homemade cakes to choose from all with the added benefit of vegetables. One of your five a day!⁠ ⁠ blackberrycottagefayre.co.uk/product/father… #fathersday2021 #fathersdaygifts pic.twitter.com/MwcqB6WbNI

It's Father's Day on 20th June. Stuck for ideas? How about our fabulous Coffee and Cake Letterbox Gift. Four scrumptious homemade cakes to choose from all with the added benefit of vegetables. Get one of your five a day! Decaf available too. tinyurl.com/fdcoffeeltbx pic.twitter.com/43rhSVp6Ku

It's Father's Day on 20th June. Stuck for ideas? How about our fabulous Tea and Cake Letterbox Gift. Four fabulous homemade cakes to choose from. All with the added benefit of vegetables. tinyurl.com/fdtealtrbox pic.twitter.com/zDEN0TdtYB

Try our fabulous chocolate cake with beetroot. Yes you heard that right, don't knock it until you've tried it. Fabulous, rich with intense flavour and our wonderful homegrown beetroot keeps it moist. What's not to like! pic.twitter.com/2cQEYamhKI

At Blackberry Cottage we really are passionate about what we put into our cakes. All our produce is homegrown where possible and our happy and healthy hens give us the best eggs making our cakes rich and delicious. pic.twitter.com/4D1OkhdlFQ

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Avoid that mid-week slump with a slice of our delicious Chocolate and Aubergine Torte. Rich and intense with fabulous aubergine keeping it beautifully moist. A slice of mid-week heaven. #food #cake #foodie #cakes #baker #bakery #vegetablecakes #5adaycakes #sbswinner pic.twitter.com/ceqhorvGZm

Is it really Monday morning already? Where did the weekend go! Why not try our fabulous Cauliflower & Coffee Cake... Along with your morning cup of coffee of course! You'll be wide awake and dancing around the kitchen in no time! #coffeebreak #mondaymorning #morningcoffee pic.twitter.com/nZOkbaxICa

Like all our homemade cakes the Lemon, Poppyseed & Sweet Potato cake is baked in small batches to assure quality. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think. pic.twitter.com/QM2px1hZMa

It's Friday! So stop what you're doing and turn the volume up! Our fabulous Cabbage Mocha Torte really is a diva amongst cakes. Intense, rich and unlike most divas... It has a great taste! Happy Weekend everyone. 🎤 🎤 🎤 pic.twitter.com/I4R2URF0kd

Our homemade carrot cake truly is an experience you won't forget. Stuffed it to the brim with our delicious, homegrown carrots it's bursting with flavour, texture and mouthwatering scrumminess. Don't tell Bugs Bunny, we only bake in small batches 😀 pic.twitter.com/Ee9ralR6qu

At Blackberry Cottage with are eager to get people eating their five a day and what better way than in the form of cake. Our fabulous Fruit Loaf is homemade in our kitchen using the best quality produce and homegrown parsnips. A truly delicious cake with benefits. pic.twitter.com/WKPZWCwmKz

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RT @HungerfordFoodF: Thanks to all our volunteers, stallholders, Scampy buskers, @Hungerford_TC and our loyal customers for another great m…

Eid is fast approaching so what nicer way celebrate and wish family and friends well than with our fabulous Eid Tea and Cake Letterbox Selection. Letterbox gifts easily pop through the letter box, a generous slice of cake and an individually wrapped Fairtrade Clipper tea. pic.twitter.com/eKwsBbfkKO

Eid is fast approaching so what nicer way to celebrate and wish family and friends well than with our fabulous Eid Coffee and Cake Letterbox Selection. Letterbox gifts easily pop through the letter box, a generous slice of cake and an individually wrapped Coffee Bag. pic.twitter.com/kfo21heYvz

A great celebration gift to send friends and family for Eid. Letterbox gifts easily pop through the letterbox, a generous slice of cake and an individually wrapped Fairtrade Clipper tea. Four cakes to choose from. notonthehighstreet.com/blackberrycott… pic.twitter.com/MMHZpl18rB

Beautiful frost patterns this morning pic.twitter.com/RnwCnv6rrl

I'm often asked what is the strangest vegetable I use in my cakes. Although technically a fruit, I do think out yellow tomato cake is fun. What is the strangest vegetable have you eaten in a cake? pic.twitter.com/VwRUtfSxS4

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RT @ADG_Moore: Discover what's new at #SBS and #QueenOf winner @Blackberry_Cott be it #corporate #gifts and lots of cakes with secret ingre…

RT @FreeRange_Dill: Yes please! What a nice way to give a colleague a little pick me up too #Actsofkindness #remoteteams #happinessatwork

Looking to give something to your hard working employees who keep your business going? Our coffee & cake boxes are ideal for any team building, well being event, or just as a thank you #corporateevents #corporategifts #coffeelovers #sbs #thankyouteam #staffappreciation pic.twitter.com/Sb3Sru7BCm

RT @Cat__Cuthbert: UPDATE: Cecil is in! 💚 #caterpillarsforcancer twitter.com/waitrose/statu…

Don't forget all the naked caterpillars who are willing to help. Caterpillars clubbing together #caterpillarsforcancer twitter.com/AldiUK/status/… pic.twitter.com/YnystxXRA0

RT @AldiUK: Morning @Tesco @sainsburys @asda @Morrisons @waitrose @coopuk. Cuthbert needs the help of Curly, Clyde, Cecil, Charlie, Morris…

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