Saturday, July 11, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Do you have zucchini growing out of your ears?

If you're growing it in your garden, you probably do.

If you've been paying any sort of attention to our little blog up until now, you'll know exactly what to do with this fabulous green monster, because we've made Pastistio, Zucchini Quesadinnis, Veggies with Orzo, Roasted Veggie Quesadillas, and Fiber and Flavor Muffins - just to name a few.
We've got a lot more healthy recipes up our sleeves when it comes to the zucchini, but right now we're going to take a break from healthy and talk dessert. Since it is our mission in life to search out every possible way to mix chocolate with anything else, it was only a matter of time before we stumbled upon a Chocolate Zucchini Brownie recipe.

It was truly love at first bite, no doubt about it, but we weren't completely sold on the name. It didn't fit the bill as a brownie, so we decided it was a cake. Then it became a cake baked in two round pans, stacked and glued together with icing, and later it/they became cupcakes. Any way you bake 'em, they are wonderful. They are perfectly moist with a hint of cinnamon and the oh-so marvelous taste of chocolate.

And since no cake is complete without frosting, we've included two killer recipes that really make this "cake" sing, so choose your poison.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake
4 Eggs
1/2 Cup Oil
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
One Teaspoon Salt
4 Tablespoons Cocoa PowderOne Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Cups Shredded Zucchini

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil, and sugar for 3 minutes at medium speed. Add dry ingredients and mix slowly until combined. Add zucchini and stir until incorporated. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool before frosting.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing #1
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 Cup Butter, softened
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
One Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing #2
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cocoa PowderOne Teaspoon Vanilla Extract




5 comments:

joy stclaire said...

I can attest to the yumminess of this cake! Thanks for the sample Sherri. I will definitely be making this!

O. Joy said...

I linked to your blog at http://www.crystalcrate.blogspot.com

Sheri said...

Thanks Joy! I love the pics there, but then again, I always love your photos!

Amber said...

I made this cake over the weekend and everyone LOVED it! Thanks for the recipe!

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