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A party without cake is just a meeting

“A party without cake is just a meeting”, Julia Child said once. We agree with the famous cake baker: Cake is the second best thing in the world – after books!

Win a secretly healthy cake selection box with Tidy Books!

Win a secretly healthy cake selection box with Tidy Books!

Tidy Books fans now have the great opportunity to combine these two things: We have teamed up with the cake makers at Blackberry Cottage and give away three cake selection boxes to you and your family.

There’s nothing better than a cozy afternoon reading books and eating cake. We didn’t even mention the best part yet: The cakes from Blackberry Cottage are secretly healthy! It started out with sports massage practitioner Kate meeting with one of her clients. She told Kate about her daughter refusing to eat any fruit or vegetables, so passionate cook and baker Kate made some chocolate brownies and added nutritious spinach to them. When her client and her daughter tasted them, they were delighted and Blackberry Cottage was born.

From aubergine to Zucchini: Blackberry Cottage cakes are made with nutritious, wholesome ingredients!

From aubergine to Zucchini: Blackberry Cottage cakes are made with nutritious, wholesome ingredients!

By now, Kate runs an online shop and has a mission: making cakes with a difference. Blackberry Cottage’s products are made with wholesome, natural, healthy ingredients and still taste great. Based in Newbury, Berkshire, Kate and her fellow bakers believe in local ingredients: From homegrown fruit and vegetabes to their very own free range eggs, they use as much local produce as possible. Recently, they even planted some traditional English fruit trees!

With children around, you don’t always have the time to bake fresh cakes, but you should still be able to enjoy products with the homemade feel. Blackberry Cottage provides you with natural products without the additives and unnecessary ingredients you find in store bought products.

With Tidy Books, you can now win one of three Blackberry Cottage cake selection boxes! 

It’s easy to enter! To win a cake box, tell us what secret ingredient you’ve tried to sneak into your children’s food by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app for joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!
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91 thoughts on “A party without cake is just a meeting

  1. Avatar kim neville says:

    grated carrots, broccoli and spinach as have a very fussy son

  2. Avatar Jayne Swift says:

    I would love to give these healthy cakes a try x

  3. Avatar Laura Tonks says:

    I have made homemade burgers and snuck in grated carrot 😀

  4. Avatar Hester McQueen says:

    Beetroot! It was a success.

  5. Avatar julie swan says:

    I sneak swede into the mash of my little boy. It gives it a nice sweet taste and an extra portion of his veg!

  6. Avatar Sarah Sakimoto says:

    Courgette and carrot

  7. Avatar Susan Alison says:

    i have sneaked in celery and grated courgette

  8. Avatar carla hunt says:

    Iv made chicken pie and told my son its just chicken and potatoe but sneaked in onions… also with quiche iv made him believe its ham and cheese also had onion in… hes a very fussy eater

  9. Avatar carol clark says:

    carrots i try to sneak in and have snuck in my sons food

  10. Avatar Maria O'Sullivan says:


  11. Nothing, they tend to eat well anyway, thankfully!

  12. Avatar Silvia Reid says:

    I try and sneak vegetables in everything like broccoli in macaroni and cheese or grated carrots in hamburgers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Avatar Will Tunnicliffe says:

    Courgette and runner beans.

  14. Avatar Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs says:

    Peas, Carrots, Brocolli 🙂

  15. Avatar Mel Daniels says:

    Today I chopped up mushrooms very finely into bolognese sauce and my daughter ate them all without noticing!

  16. Avatar Amelia Pitt says:

    Ground almonds in baked beans etc. for extra protein.

  17. Avatar samantha gray says:

    I’ve tried to sneak spinach, kale, couregttes and carrots into savoury dishes plus apples, blueberries and bananas into sweet dishes with mixed success

  18. Avatar Elle says:

    Courgette pepper and pumpkin in spaghetti bolognese

  19. Avatar Debbi Ruskin says:

    Veggies, naturally 🙂

  20. Avatar Rebecca says:

    Pretended they were eating fish pie to make them eat the pie I’d made from leftover chicken.

  21. Avatar Tori Healy says:

    Beetroot in chocolate cake!

  22. Avatar catherine killen says:

    Mushrooms and tomatoes for my three year old as she is insistent she doesn’t like them whereas I know otherwise!


  24. Avatar Sasha Smith says:

    broccoli & spinach mostly!

  25. Avatar Esther Cropper says:

    Tomato sauce on pizza with courgette, carrot, pepper and broccoli (or any other veg). Needs plenty of Tom purree too or it doesn’t look red enough! Layer it as thick as you can get away with. Also, raw veg in a bowl near them while they watch telly and they eat it without noticing – zombie style.

  26. Avatar Karolyn Holden says:

    I always add vegetables to Shepherds pies

  27. Avatar Rachael Cerexhe says:

    Peppers into burgers

  28. Avatar Karen Louise wright says:

    Cauliflower & broccoli mash into mash potato x

  29. Avatar Iona Cornish says:

    Lentil Soup – With carrots, leeks, onions, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and garlic

  30. Avatar kerry bettany says:

    Butternut squash chopped and roasted to look like carrot. So they try something new

  31. Avatar jennifer wexler says:

    i sneak in pumpkin or sweet potato

  32. Avatar Ashley Chassereau Parks says:

    I’ve blended spinach and tofu in fruit smoothies and mixed other veggies into pasta. 🙂

  33. Avatar Ashley Chassereau Parks says:

    I put spinach and tofu in smoothies and hide other veggies in pasta. 🙂

  34. Avatar Kim D says:

    I’ve put grated carrot and parsnip into all kinds of savoury dishes that have sauces – pasta, shepherd’s pie etc. Not only does it boost the nutritional content but it means the dish goes further so it’s a budget measure too. Good news for students.

  35. Avatar Leonie gray says:

    Grated carrot into spaghetti bolognese

  36. Avatar Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs says:

    Carrots, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts 🙂

  37. Avatar Mrs JENNY MILLER says:

    cabbage, carrots and sweet corn

  38. Avatar vicky cockett says:

    i grate carrot and parsnip into mash potatoe, but not really to hide it, just because it tastes good!
    i put veg in everything,
    the other day we made courgette muffins, very very yummy way to use up the courgettes!

  39. Avatar Ursula Hunt says:

    Mushrooms, cut them up very small and said they were burnt onions

  40. Avatar Kate says:

    My son loves omelettes which are great for adding all kinds of healthy ingredients. Grated carrot works really well.

  41. Avatar Ruthie S. says:

    I have put avocado in my daughters fruit smoothies! She doesn’t like avocado so thats the only way I have been able to get her to eat some of it 🙂

  42. Avatar Carrie Talbot-Ashby says:

    I grate carrot and broccoli into the kids Spaghetti Bolognese, they never even notice! 🙂 Would LOVE to try these out on the family! Thank-You! <3

  43. Avatar frances hopkins says:

    I’ve never had to, my kids have always been very good

  44. Avatar sharon smith says:

    i have done mash and tried to put swede in it

  45. Avatar Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs says:

    Broccoli, Carrot and Brussel Sprouts in Spaghetti Bolognese

  46. Avatar adele knight says:

    Grated carrot with cheese onto a jacket potato 🙂

  47. Avatar Sarah says:

    have made scones with sweet potato 🙂 yum

  48. Avatar Heather says:

    Love these. I do a recipe with apple, parsnip and potatoe. Just told the kids is apple cake and it all disappears x

  49. Avatar Christina Curtis says:

    Spag Bol loaded with extra Veg!

  50. Avatar hayley mckeon says:

    Sounds yum

  51. Avatar Kirsty Fox says:

    Mushrooms on pizza and in bolognese

  52. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    I’ve never had to be too sneaky but I have mashed cauliflower in with mashed potato.

  53. Avatar SU williams says:

    beetroot in a chocolate cake

  54. Avatar tamalyn roberts says:

    marmite into gravy, works a treat for my fussy son so he gets some goodness

  55. Avatar Claire Barker says:

    Carrots not so hidden in carrot cake!

  56. Avatar lisa evans says:

    Beetroot in e chocolate cake! It was nice!

  57. Avatar marion king says:

    corrot in cake and i get away with it

  58. Avatar Linz Wileman says:

    I put carrots and swede in my bolognaise sauce 🙂

  59. Avatar Viv Allman-Neal says:

    my children hated vegetables.. so i started making a mild curry using pasata, tinned mushy peas, tinned baked beans, tinned carrots…. pulped them all up into a paste…. added a spot of curry powder…. cooked chicken breasts and poured all over… they ate the lot..as they thought i had forgotten to cook vegetables….

  60. Avatar Rebecca Jones says:

    Lentils into mashed potato when my daughter was about one for sneaky protein.

  61. Avatar KIERAN Walsh says:

    soup with assorted veg, liquidised

  62. Avatar gill doyle says:

    Grated courgettes in chocolate cake.

  63. Avatar Naomi Buchan says:

    I put grated carrot in anything with mince meat, works particularly well with tomato based sauces (just makes it a little sweeter) but i’ll even stick it in shepherds pie.

  64. Avatar emma speers says:

    I add baby spinach to everything, it disappears to not very much! And is full of iron

  65. Avatar pauline black says:

    I roasted parsnips and passed them off as roast potatoes! My grandson ate them no problem 🙂

  66. Avatar Catherine White says:

    Carrots, peppers & courgettes in Spaghetti Bolognaise.

  67. Avatar Gill Doomgerbil Colling says:

    carrot grated and added to the mince, onion, almost pureed because my boys hate the texture and tomato also pureed because I can’t stand the flesh!! Mind although they are ‘hidden’ it is not deception as we all know those ingredients are present.

  68. grated carrots added to mince, and my daughter still sat and picked them all out – little horror

  69. Avatar Karen Whittaker says:

    Strangely apple as neither of my children like it, but will eat it in muffins!

  70. My son loves mash, so I sneak in sweet potato, butternut, carrot or swede

  71. Avatar Gilla01 says:

    I’ve grated and juiced all kinds of veg to ‘hide’ it from little eyes.

    I’ve added eggs to mashed potatoes when it was hard to get them to eat enough protein.

  72. Avatar rajini rajendra says:

    spinach and brocolli in cheesy pasta

  73. Avatar Elaine Savage says:

    Grated courgette and carrot in spaghetti bolognese, hardly authentic but quite tasty and successful

  74. Avatar Sandra Lane says:

    courgettes are yummy when hidden in muffins. My children have no idea!

  75. Avatar Pauline Gibson says:

    Cabbage in a chocolate cake!

  76. Avatar Carl Brewster says:

    Ice cream ….. Oh wait, carrots!:-)

  77. Avatar Mia Dentice Carey says:

    Potatoes…..I tell him they are turnips and he eats them….lol

  78. Avatar Mia Dentice Carey says:

    Potatoes…..I tell him they are turnips and he eats them….lol =)

  79. Avatar Jo Bryan says:

    Oh lots, carrots in spag bol. Beetroot in a cake, carrot in a smoothie.

  80. Avatar Kat Lucas says:

    I make a Corgette bread/cake all the time and the kids don’t know that it has vegetable in it

  81. Avatar Seyma Shabbir says:

    I have made zuchini cake, quesadillas with shredded carrots and pieces of peas.

  82. Avatar Debbie Creasey says:

    I didnt have to as they all loved their vegetables!

  83. Avatar Hazel Collins says:

    carrots, my son just refuses to eat so I try to sneak them into everything!

  84. Avatar Alexa Schoolar says:

    I bought some potato waffles which contain carrots and the kids didn’t notice 🙂

  85. Avatar victoria thurgood says:

    carrots cut very fine I hide in most things cooked in the slow cooker

  86. Avatar sue hodges says:

    carrots get hidden in lots of meals!

  87. Avatar Gabriella Smith says:

    I tried to disguise cauliflower by cutting the stems into cubes so they looked like diced potatoes – it didn’t work 🙁

  88. Avatar Gabriella Smith says:

    When my lot were little I tried to disguise cubed cauliflower stem as diced potato – it didn’t work.

  89. Avatar Jenette Davies says:

    I make parsnip & maple syrup cake with cream cheese icing its yummy.

  90. Avatar Tahira says:

    Grated carrot into tomato sauce other blended veg such as courgettes. Carrots into juice which I have made a home

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