Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Perfect Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

This is the one, it's the winner - and I'm not even a cake person. It's a great way to use up all that zucchini, it is moist and the frosting is so yummy. Perfect with a scoop of ice cream, a glass of milk, or on its own. (Can you see my little munchkin's fingers just waiting to pounce?)

Zucchini Chocolate Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs
1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup applesauce
3 cups peeled, grated zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan or two 9 inch layer pans.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the eggs, applesauce, and oil; mix well. Fold in the zucchini until it is evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake completely before frosting with your favorite frosting.

Good thing the cake is pretty healthy, because the frosting more than makes up for it.

Chocolate Frosting (I think it might be The Barefoot Contessa's)
1 c. cream
2 tbsp corn syrup
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
20 oz. milk or bittersweet choc or a combo (I did a combo of semi and milk chocolate)
1-2 c. powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, cut into one tbsp pieces

Heat cream with corn syrup and salt on stove until simmering. Meanwhile, chop chocolate in food processor. With processor running add simmering cream slowly and process for one minute, until chocolate is melted. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and process again. Then, with processor running, add butter one piece at a time, waiting until the piece is incorporated before adding another. Cool until thick and spreadable. For a lighter, more buttercream-frosting, beat with an electric mixer before spreading.

This recipe is wonderful, but I did end up overheating my blender so you might want to use chocolate chips and a mixer instead. Pop on over to Rocks in my Dryer to see more Works for me Wednesday.


Cocoa said...

Mmmmmmmm.....this even sounds good to my recovering from stomach flu stomach. I must be feeling better.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! WE have a garden full of zuchinni (simply because it will grow NO MATTER WHAT!) - and it makes us feel like successful farmers! I'm going to try this recipe out today!

Shannon said...

Sounds great! I have a favorite zucchini bread recipe that I make throughout the year with frozen shredded zucchini, but I think I'll try this one, too! Thanks.

Donna(TheFrugalMomBlog) said...

I am going to bookmark this! It looks so good. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

THis recipe has been in my family for a long time and when I first started cooking on my own for my Mom-around 8th grade, I made this cake, except with cucumber!! I still didn't quite know the difference between the two. Thanks for posting this recipe. I want to make it now-the correct way!

Jen said...

This looks GREAT! On my menu this week.

And yes, by on my menu, I mean that it will serve as a meal. Hey, it has veggies! :)

Honey Mommy said...

That looks yummy!

Thanks for the recipe. I have zuccini growing in my garden, as well as some already shredded in my freezer.

Now I can make something else yummy with it.

Anonymous said...

I will be printing this out today! Thanks for sharing!

Emily @ Little Home said...

YUM. Sound like something I would definitely like. Thanks!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Mmmm. I just was looking at a recipe for chocolate zucchini cake over the weekend. After seeing your picture I'm thinking I should have made it after all!

~ Sarah

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Yummy! I love the zucchini hidden inside...perfect! And the little fingers in the photo waiting to pounce are the best part! :) Thanks for visiting me today too!

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious, and so sneaky for my picky kids. Thanks!

Elizabeth-W said...

That looks fab!

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it out!! Thank you for sharing!!

Mrs. Organic said...

I made myself drool by reposting this. I had to make it again - I had a hard time with the frosting and now I need the frosting doctor.

It's still delicious.

Island School House said...

I want to make that, but alas, this year we have no garden, and therefore, no zucchini! Will save the recipe for years to come though!!

Anonymous said...

mmm. sounds wonderful. will try this recipe.