Veggie and Parmesan Cake

Update: This cake is being a big hit around my family. I was asked to do it last Thanksgiving and a few more times and everybody keeps asking me for the recipe. I think you really should try this soon! Here one of the latest pictures.

It has been sometime since my last post. We moved to a new beach house and now things are finally settling down again. The ocean to which we wake up every day is still beautiful and freshly blue and life is rolling. The baby is walking and exploring the new big space. And I’m trying this post with pictures taken with the iPhone. Oh well, go ahead and roll your eyes.

Yesterday I found this recipe here, followed the link to the original one in the Guardian and decided to make my own. I love the ingredients and would like to do it with the cauliflower itself, but today I couldn’t wait to go to the grocery and instead paid a visit to my fridge and picked all the fresh veggies I had in there.

So it ended to be with savoy cabbage, broccoli and, as good Portuguese, lots of carrots.

I followed the instructions of the original recipe but instead of saute the chopped onion (in which I added an elephant clove of garlic) and rosemary only in olive oil, I added two tablespoons of roasted almond oil for taste.

I also used white whole wheat flour, although they didn’t mention in the recipe I presumed it was with regular all-purpose flour.

 When my 13 month old daughter tasted the result of this at the table she kept asking for more.

I ate two big slices myself for lunch today. But I secretly hope it would be some leftovers, as this would make a ready-made dish perfect for the weekend.

Veggie Parmesan Cake
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. Half savoy cabbage
  2. 1 big broccoli flower head
  3. 8 carrots
  4. 1 large red onion, peeled
  5. Garlic
  6. 5 tablespoons of olive oil plus 2 tablespoons of roasted almond oil
  7. 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
  8. 8 large eggs
  9. Handful of basil, chopped
  10. 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  11. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  13. 2 cups finely grated parmesan cheese
  14. Salt and black pepper
  15. Butter, for greasing pan
  16. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut the vegetables into big chunks and boil it 15 minutes (5 for the broccoli) in a covered pan with a teaspoon of salt, until soft.
  3. Strain and let drip in the colander for a few minutes so they dry and cool.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the batter. Cut a few thin rings off the red onion to use on top of the cake after and chop the remainder of the onion.
  5. Chop the garlic.
  6. Saute the chopped red onion, garlic and rosemary together with the olive oil and roasted almond oil in a saucepan about 8 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  8. Whisk eggs and olive oil and onion mixture together.
  9. Stir in basil.
  10. Sift the flour, baking powder and turmeric into a large bowl, and add the parmesan, one and a half teaspoons of salt and pepper.
  11. Add the egg mix and whisk to eliminate lumps.
  12. Add the veggie mix and stir very gently, just to incorporate.
  13. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with parchment paper. Butter the sides.
  14. Put the sesame seeds in the pan and toss them around so that they stick to the sides.
  15. Pour in the mix, arrange the reserved onion rings on top and bake cake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes, until golden brown.
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43 Responses to Veggie and Parmesan Cake

  1. Erica S. at #

    Hi there, just found you through Tasty Kitchen…thanks for the friend request! This is a really unique recipe–looks delicious, and I hope to try it out soon!

    • Thanks Erica! Can’t wait for your review after you try it. Hope to see you around. You have very tasty recipes on your website as well. :)

  2. Kocinera at #

    This cake looks so cool! I love all the fresh veggies!

    • Thanks Koci! I love fresh vegetables anytime too.

  3. Wow, does this look ever-so delectable!! I will have to try this, yum-town!

    Thanks for the add on Tasty Kitchen, I can’t wait to see what else you come up with :) All the Very Best, Megan

  4. avril at #

    What a gorgeous recipe! I just love all the veggies you have in it. :-)

  5. That is some beautiful looking dish! Thank you for the friend add at TK. Look forward to getting to know you better through your blog!

  6. Ashley at #

    This is just beautiful! What if I don’t have a spring form pan??

    • Hi Ashley! I think you can use any other well greased pan, round or not. You can even place the onions on the bottom and just turn the cake upside down or just follow the recipe anyway. The Spring form just make it easy to take the cake out.

  7. That looks fantastic! Right up my alley! That would be a great dinner for me!

  8. Mateja at #

    Drip, drip, drip…I need a tissue…it looks so alive and taste buds kicking…beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing ^_^

  9. Mmmm, I love the idea of crusting it with sesame seeds! It looks like such a healthy, flavourful dish.

  10. Looks delicious! I look forward to trying the recipe. Do you serve it warm or at room temperature? Lucky you living in a beach house!

    • Thank you! It’s good either way. It’s perfect right out of the oven but I also enjoyed cold from the fridge ;)

  11. Mateja at #

    I’m back again. This time I bookmarked the page. Gues what we are having for dinner today? Yep, Veggie and Parmesan Cake. Can hardly wait :)

    • Yay, I’m happy to know! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! Can’t wait for you to try it! :)

  12. This is so beautiful!! It’s like a piece of artwork.

  13. Suzy at #

    I navigate the web daily looking at recipes and photos..This is the first for this delectable beauty…You are quite the artist and cook I must say..Really nice blog and I cannot wait to make this..Thank you so much for your time and talent!

    • Aww, thank you for your kind words! I’m happy to hear from you :)

  14. Awesome veggie cake. It looks so delicious and tempting.

    I wud like to knw if I can I bake this dish without eggs ???

    • There are some ways to substitute eggs, but I’ve never tried it.
      I’ve found these substitutes online: 2 tbsp corn starch = 1 egg; 2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg; 2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg; 1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg; 1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg. 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes. But of course some of this ingredients would change the taste, like the bananas. So, you may try it and let me know.

  15. What a wonderful sounding recipe- I think I will give it a try this weekend!

  16. Wendy at #

    Did you serve this warm or at room temperature? this looks wonderful.

  17. I’d love some!!! Looks scrumptious!!! :)

  18. chanie at #

    funny, i just made the cauliflower version yesterday and then came across your post via tastespotting.
    because this is good cold/room temp, it is perfect to pack for lunches – i made it yesterday after making it a few weeks ago and then sending it for lunch to school with my 10 and 13 year old kids. they were excited that i have leftovers for this week too.

  19. Your cake looks packed full of flavor from all of those veggies and delicious to boot!

    I’d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.

  20. This looks extraordinarily delicious, this is going to be our weekend brunch.

  21. Jeanette at #

    What a great way to include lots of vegetables in one dish. I love the use of whole wheat flour and the sesame seeds around the sides add such a nice touch!

  22. Shilpa at #

    I just came across your blog today and what a brilliant recipe this is! I want to make it straight away…well, can’t now but surely will this week. A balanced meal with lots of veg, protein and carbs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. Carla at #

    I just tried this recipe and let me tell you, it’s amaaaaaazing! I don’t like cheese, so i replaced the parmesan by 2 eggs and it’s soo tasty. This is vegetable glory going around here!

    • Good to know Carla! Thanks for sharing your impressions on the cake.

  24. Elle at #

    Whoa–that’s gorgeous! And very versatile. I can see myself making this, soon. thanks for sharing!


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