Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another zucchini post...

...if you can stand it.

My squash is ripening in droves, which I am so excited about. I've never met a summer squash recipe I didn't love. This beautiful cake is another example:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

The recipe won rave reviews from kids and the missionaries alike, who were over for dinner last night. This cake is super moist and very rich. A small piece will serve you well. The secret? Amish apple butter, which isn't actually butter. It's just pureed apples and spices. Elliott told me the missionaries were talking about the cake the whole way home... it's that good!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
(recipe adapted from here)

2 c. all purpose flour
2 c. white sugar
3/4 c. dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. canola oil
3/4 c. apple butter
4 eggs
3 c. grated zucchini (approx. 3 small zucchinis)
3/4 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan.

Using your stand mixer, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together oil, apple butter, and eggs. Add to flour mixture, and mix on low for about 20 seconds, scrape sides, then mix on medium for 2 more minutes. Add undrained grated zucchini and chocolate chips to batter, and mix on low until everything is evenly incorporated.

Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes (start checking at 45, just in case your oven runs hot). When cake is done, a toothpick will come out with chocolate marks on it, but no liquid batter. It won't be completely clean though, as the apple butter makes the cake extremely moist. Cool the cake completely if you will be frosting it.

As a side note, I put cream cheese frosting on this cake, which I didn't love. Elliott liked it, but Emma suggested we have it with vanilla ice cream, and that was the perfect accompaniment. It really doesn't need the frosting if you have it with a really good ice cream (homemade vanilla bean would be best!) Enjoy!


Laura said...

That looks so good! I am going to have to try it when my zucchini comes up.

Lyle said...

I'm dying. I want some.

Laura said...

Wow, and now I have the picture to help me to. Looks tasty.

Jessi said...

Tasty. And probably not that bad for you!!

BTW, your garden is gorgeous!!!

Lisa & Gerald said...

mmmm that looks so yummy..I found your blog from Barefoot in the kitchen...Im from St.Thomas Ont. Canada..Stop by my blog and say hi..Hope you have a great day....

Angela said...

Your such a great cook. I am going to have to try that. We grew up eating a lot of Zucchini. Love it!!

I sure enjoy your blog, seeing your kids grow and all the fun stuff your do. Love the quilting, I wish I had your skills.
I was homesick to see pictures of you in Alaska. What a great place.
Wishing you a great Thanksgiving with your family. Lotsa love!