Mushroom Cake – Sweet Adventures Blog Hop

Mushroom Cake | she cooks, she gardens

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. It’s not that I don’t LIKE the flavour, I just don’t know how I feel about it. I mean, it’s not right, is it? Butter, eggs, walnuts, a bit of milk, honey, flour and…. mushrooms. WTF! I was so uncertain about it that I had to force feed it to anyone I could get my hands on. I stopped short of telling people what was in it until after they’d tasted it. I wanted them to have an open mind, experience the flavour free from any influence that knowing the key ingredient might have had on their experience. I didn’t want them biting into the cake and looking for the mushroom flavour because I knew that most, if not all, of my unwilling victims would run screaming for the hills had they known what they were getting themselves into. Thankfully I have some very willing testers who agreed that the flavour is goooooood, the crumb is delicate and it goes down a treat with a cuppa mid-afternoon. Responses included: ‘It’s banana and walnut cake, isn’t it?’, ‘It tastes healthy, like there’s not a lot of sugar in there’, ‘it’s good, what’s in there?’. I really should have set up some kind of candid camera to film their responses as I broke the news. Eyes widened and then narrowed ‘…..oh yeaaaaah! ew!’.

So why am I making a cake with mushroom in it, you ask? It is time again for the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, hosted this month by the effervescent JJ from 84th & 3rd. JJ has just returned from an enviable trip around the United States and, as she tells it, is in dire need of some TLC in the form of clean eating and exercise. It sounds like sugar, dairy and anything fatty is basically off the menu for JJ so when it came time to choose the theme for the blog hop this month, it seemed fitting that she would go with ‘cake and three veg’. The idea was simple, create a dessert using a vegetable of some description. Now I know mushrooms aren’t technically a vegetable, but this is a recipe I’ve been wanting to have a go at for a while now. I can’t remember how I came across it, but it was one of those recipes you clip and always have on the boil at the back of your mind.

So what’s the deal? It’s basically a butter cake (sorry JJ!), cream the butter and sugar, add some vanilla, flour, milk and eggs and then you add a heaping pile of finely diced button mushrooms. Round out the flavour with some honey and walnuts and you’ve got yourself a mushroom cake. It cooks well and unless you are looking for it, you won’t know that it is chock full of ‘shroomy goodness. It seems important here to point out that mushrooms are full of all the good stuff like vitamin b12 and D, and research also suggests that people who eat mushrooms are less likely to suffer the blight of breast and prostate cancer so adding a few mushrooms to your baked goods doesn’t seem like such a silly idea after all. I encourage you to try it and let me know what you think, am I deluded? Maybe, but don’t knock it til you try it.

4.0 from 2 reviews
Mushroom Cake - Sweet Adventures Blog Hop
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The mushroom has all the attributes of a superfood – nutrient-rich, flavour-rich, low in kilojoules, high in bioactive compounds, antioxidants, convenient and affordable. Adding a few finely diced mushrooms brings a lovely dense texture to your baked goods and packs a nutritious punch.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake!
Serves: plenty
  • 125g unsalted butter, cut into cubes.
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 400g finely diced button mushrooms
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 heaping tbspns of honey
  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  2. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  5. With the mixer running on low, gradually one cup of flour, allowing each addition to mix through the batter before adding more.
  6. Add half the milk and then add another half cup of the flour.
  7. Add the remaining milk and then the remaining flour.
  8. Add the mushrooms and allow to mix through the batter, scraping down the sides if necessary.
  9. Add the walnuts and honey and mix through.
  10. Pour out into the prepared cake tin and rap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  11. Pop in the oven for 45 minutes to cook.
  12. Test with a skewer, paying attention to the centre to ensure it is cooked through.
  13. Turn off the oven and prop open the door to allow the cake to cool gradually,
  14. Leave for about 15 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  15. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  16. Dust with drinking chocolate or icing sugar and a little cinnamon.
Adapted from recipe found here.


  • Claire @ Claire K Creations

    Hmm, how very interesting. I do love mushrooms and they are oh so very good for you but mushroom cake. I think I’m undecided too. Very adventurous of you Erin. It sure looks good!

    • Erin B

      Good call, Claire – me too! :)

  • JJ @ 84thand3rd

    No way!! This is brilliant, I was wondering if anyone would chance mushrooms. Glad it came out well, even if you still can’t quite get your head around it ;D

    • Erin B

      Hehe thanks JJ, doesn’t come close to your cauliflower cake though – OMG!

  • Lizzy (Good Things)

    Walnuts are a favourite of mine… mushrooms are good… what’s not to like? It’s interesting.

    • Erin B

      Interesting is definitely the word!

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade

    This is amazing Erin! Definitely a first I think.. Never seen or heard of anything like it, but very cool!

    • Erin B

      Thanks Christine! I can’t claim credit for it but it is definitely unique. :)

  • vegeTARAian

    Woah. Now I love mushrooms and sweets but even I’m unsure about popping them in a cake! Would love to see what it tastes like. Clever idea!

  • Chris Rowley

    Wow, wow, wow. I love mushrooms and sure, I find it hard to get my head around the cake concept, but I am keen to try. Thanks so much for the recipe. Will let you know the verdict from the family in due course…..

  • Miss Piggy

    Wow, that certainly is weird – but I’d totally try a piece as I’m so curious to know what it tastes like.

  • Noelene

    Years ago i tried a mushroom cheesecake and it was gorgeous! Sounds a winner to me.

  • My Kitchen Stories

    Ha ha what a great recipe. why not?. It looks great. I wouldnt have believed it if I didnt see it with my own eyes

  • Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    Woah!!!! This cake is kinda out there, Erin. I think I’d have to try it before I could honestly give an opinion. You’ve certainly got me intrigued though – top marks for originality!

  • Nic Midgley (@niccooks)

    Ok so you win the prize for the bravest creation I’ve read so far! The jury’s out for me though!

  • The Life of Clare

    What an adventure! I love this blog hop! I’m not sure how I feel about this cake but the again, mushrooms have a pretty mild flavour and so many it would work!

  • Christie @ Fig and Cherry

    I am seriously in awe of this and can’t even imagine how it tastes. One to bookmark for sure! :)

  • e / dig in hobart

    wooooo…i thought perhaps you were going to say this was a savoury meal, to be served with a green salaa, but then as i read on and saw it was served with a cup of tea … i think this is too far out there for me! i obviously have more food prejudices than i realise. but then, we used to think zucchini cake was weird and now it’s nothing at all.
    you’re a brave cook, and thank ou for sharing the weirdness with us!

  • Monica (@gastromony)

    Wow. I was pleased someone used mushrooms in this hop. Nice :)

  • K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo

    I am absolutely one hundred percent going to try this. Awesome.

  • Erin B

    Gosh, sorry everyone for not responding to you all – time must have gotten the better of me. Thanks for all your kind words, if you try it please let me know what you think – REALLY keen to hear it.


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  • Silvia

    I just baked it today and even the kids liked it! Very “earthy”…Didn’t tell them about the mushrooms as it is their least favourite vegetable! Anyway it turned out a bit “wet” as it seems on your photo so I take it it’s supposed to….?

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