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Cooking Masterclass – Vegetable Cakes with Kate Saunders

Come and join vegetable cake enthusiast Kate Saunders in the learning studio for a fun 3 hours of cake baking, with vegetables.

We are delighted to welcome Kate Saunders, vegetable cake enthusiast and writer of Cakes with Secret Ingredients to our learning studio for a 3 hour summer baking masterclass. In this class you will learn how to create cakes with vegetables being one, if not the largest ingredient.

In this class you will learn how to bake recipes such as cauliflower, espresso and walnut swiss roll or aubergine, rose and pistachio cake. There will also be time to sample different vegetable cakes such as tomato and strawberry tarte Tatin or spinach loaf with lemon icing made by Kate. Throughout the class you will learn different techniques and skills used in baking as well as learning how to use alternative flours in cakes.

Kate will give you the confidence to be able to go home and use different vegetables in cakes.

You will sample some cakes in the class, and get to take some home for your friends and family to try.

This class will include;

  • Information on how and which vegetables make the best cakes
  • Tips on how to adapt a recipe according to the season
  • Information on how to work with a variety of flours, wheat and many alternatives
  • Techniques such as how to roll a swiss roll, how to make buttercream and other icings
  • Cakes to sample in the class and to take home
  • Recipes to take home

Sample Recipes (to be confirmed)
Cauliflower, Espresso and Walnut Swiss Roll
Aubergine, Rose & Pistachio Cake
Tomato & Strawberry Tarte Tatin / Spinach Loaf with Lemon icing

Open to all levels of skills and interests. This class is suitable for Adults 16 and over.


This class is part of our new monthly masterclass series and aimed at adults wishing to gain in depth knowledge on a particular subject. Top food writers, chefs and cooking teachers have been selected for the programme for their specialism in subjects ranging from international cuisine, to the botanical.

All classes are kept small with a maximum of 8 participants, and will be mostly hands on with an element of demo from the class teacher. They are always based on vegetarian produce, and take place in our learning studio kitchen space, which was created during the Museum’s renovation in May 2017.

Any profits from the series will be put towards the community side of our programme, such as working with local families, or our current collaboration with our local doctors surgery cooking with type two diabetes.

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  • Kate Saunders

    Kate Saunders

    Kate is hugely experience in the world of vegetable cakes. She is often found giving talks to schools, gardening and book groups or giving cooking demos at food festivals, but she loves nothing better than inspiring young chefs of the future and teaching how to make vegetable cakes.

    Her business has won numerous awards, one of her accolades is The Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award.

    She is a member of the prestigious Guild of Food Writers and has just published her first book cakes with secret ingredients from aubergine to zucchini, which uses 27 different vegetables in over 100 cakes, cookies, ice-creams and jams.

    Twitter: @Blackberry_Cott
    Instagram: @blackberryCottage