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Garden Patch Cake Recipe

Garden Patch Cake Recipe

This moist cake combines shredded zucchini, carrots and beets with chocolate chips for a deliciously different dessert. It's a sweet reward for the time you spent weeding and watering your garden. -Kimberly Speta, Kennedy, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + drying Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded beets
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7 wooden craft or Popsicle sticks (4-1/2 inches)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • Red, yellow, orange and green liquid or paste food coloring
  • Pastry tips - #5 and #10 round, #67 leaf and #20 star
  • 5 pastry bags or small heavy-duty resealable plastic bags


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in vegetables. Add chips and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 2. For frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over cake. Store in refrigerator.
  • 3. Editor's Note: See below for decorating frosting recipe and directions.
  • 5. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, extracts and salt. Gradually beat in sugar alternately with milk until smooth and stiff. Cover with a wet paper towel and plastic wrap until ready to use.
  • 7. Lay 5 craft or Popsicle sticks on a sheet of waxed paper with 1/4 in between bottom of sticks (ends that are inserted into cake) and 1/2 in. between tops. Spread back side of remaining sticks with frosting; position across the 5 sticks 1 in. and 2 in. down from the top. Allow to dry, about 1 hour. Press bottom of sticks into upper left corner of cake.
  • 9. Using a toothpick, mark a 5-1/2-in. x 3-1/2-in. patch in lower right corner. Lightly sprinkle with cocoa and gently press into cake.
  • 11. Cut a small hole in corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert #10 round tip. Combine 1/4 cup frosting and red food coloring; fill bag. Holding bag straight up and down, form 8-10 tomatoes in front of the trellis. Prepare another bag, inserting #5 round tip. Combine 1/2 cup frosting and yellow food coloring; fill bag. Using the same procedure, form rows of small dots to create kernel of 8-10 ears of corn in upper right corner. Wash #10 tip and insert into a third bag. Combine 1/2 cup frosting and orange food coloring; fill bag. Using the same procedure, form 3 rows of 4 carrots on the garden patch. Add green food coloring to remaining frosting. Prepare a fourth bag, inserting leaf tip; fill with some of the frosting. Form husks on edges of ears of corn; add stems and leaves to tomatoes and carrots. Add vines to trellis. Prepare a fifth bag, inserting the star tip; fill with remaining green frosting. Form a border around base and upper edge of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 720 calories, 36g fat (12g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 99g carbohydrate (81g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"I had made this cake several times many years ago, but lost the recipe. I wanted to make it for my gardening daughters birthday, I searched all over for this recipe, and remembered it had gotten it from Taste of Home and decided to search for it. You still have it, you made my day!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"This is an excellent cake. Everyone loves it, even the ones who think they won't like it because of the vegetables."

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