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December 3, 2004

Chocolate & Zucchini Cake

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This one is an absolute winner.  We liked it when we first cut into it.  We liked it the next day, we then froze half b/c we were going away and when we came back and unfroze it, we still liked it so much. 

The recipe comes from Elsie's Simple Recipes, a website I’m not sure how I encountered but had an immediate sense that, boy, this woman knows what she’s doing.  I have not yet made anything else off the site, but I would not hesitate to try all of them.  The recipe, along with changes I made is as follows:

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Chocolate & Zucchini Cake

2 1/2 cups regular all-purpose flour, unsifted
1/2 cup cocoa (this makes for a chocolaty but not over kill flavor, next time around, I might add a bit more, say another ¼ cup)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini (I added and extra ½ cup, could easily take another 1 cup)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (add many many more walnuts)
Glaze (directions follow)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
1 Combine the four, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
2 With a mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar until they are smoothly blended. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, orange peel, and zucchini.
3 Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the milk into the zucchini mixture, including the nuts with the last addition.
4 Pour the batter into a greased and flour-dusted 10-inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes (test at 45 minutes!) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes; turn out on wire rack to cool thoroughly.
5 Drizzle glaze over cake.
Glaze: Mix together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Posted by talia at December 3, 2004 10:56 AM

Comments

This is an excellent cake! It takes 3 minutes to make and thanks to the healthy amounts of baking powder and soda it calls for the result is a great looking, very tasty bundt cake.
It can be a freezer staple. Oh, btw, I did not have zucchini on hand, grated carrots were a good substitution. The results - just as excellent. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Mom at January 30, 2005 1:58 PM