Monday, September 26, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Cake is delicious...and adding in Zucchini?? How smart!


I fell in love with Aunt Shanny's Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe, (which you can check out her's HERE) So I wanted to give it a shot!! Except....I gave it a little twist. Not because I wanted to, but because I didn't have some of the ingredients called for, on hand, so I had to improvise. We're in the process of moving in the next week or so hopefully, so groceries are mellowing out for an easier move...

Yes, I could have made this cake when I had the specific ingredients, But the impatient person I am, I wanted to do it today :) And seeing that it's been a relaxed overcast day, it was the perfect time to!

(Below is the recipe & I wrote in parenthesis my improvisations)
  
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs (I used applesauce instead)
2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk (I used milk mixed with lemon juice in place of)
1 t. dried orange peel (omitted-didn't use anything in place of this)
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
2 c. grated zucchini
(optional) 1 c. chopped walnuts


*The Chocolate Glaze for the cake called for:
1-2 c. powdered sugar
2 T cocoa
3 T. milk
1 t. vanilla

I mixed all the glaze ingredients together and found that I wasn't fond of the taste! A little too powdered sugary for me. So I added in about 1/2c of butter and about 4oz of whipped cream cheese. Mixed it all together and drizzled it onto the cake. Then topped it all with some shaved chocolate. Came out tasting good! BUT...I found that chocolate and cream cheese flavor doesn't mix too well.

The cake is DELICIOUS!!! But I wish I left out the cream cheese in the glaze :)

I LOVE the cake by itself though. It taste very similar to brownies. 
And I actually wish I didn't put ANY frosting on :)

So THANK YOU Aunt Shanny for this wonderful recipe! One I will keep in my book.

I Love it!!

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