Squash is abundant this time of year! Instead of making soup or a savoury dish, why not turn your squash into a sweet cake. Winter squash is a great source of beta-carotene and potassium. Beta-carotene is what gives winter squash is orange and yellow hues. Many winter squashes are considered an orange vegetable. Canada’s Food Guide recommends we eat a dark green and orange vegetable each day for our health.
- 1 squash 1-3/4 lb/875 g
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream Cheese Icing:
- 1 pkg cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
- On baking sheet, toast walnuts (if using) in 350°F (180°C) oven until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool; set aside.
- Halve and seed squash; roast, cut side down, on foil-lined baking sheet in 425°F (220°C) oven until tender when pierced with fork, 30 to 60 minutes. Let cool. Scoop out flesh; purée in food processor to make 2 cups (500 mL). (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
- In large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and oil until smooth. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, salt, cloves and nutmeg; stir into egg mixture alternately with squash, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of squash. Scrape into parchment paper–lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan.
- Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool completely.
- Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in sugar and orange rind until smooth. Spread over top of cake. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Recipe from: Canadian Living
By Rachel Morgan