Monday 8 September 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

You know that kind of chocolate cake that is so moist and delicious it just melts in your mouth and makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over? That is what this cake does for you. Anyone who gardens or has been visiting the local farmers markets has probably noticed the giant zucchini's that have been on the shelves and when you look at them your probably thinking "what the heck am I going to do with that"? The first thing that pops in my mind is chocolate cake! And from now on when you see them you will to because this is the most fantastic chocolate cake ever!

I received a giant zucchini from a friend of mine and it was about 2 feet long and just under 5 pounds. So I grated this thing down and used over 2 cups of it in my cake, the rest was fed to the ducks and chickens and some in the compost pile, talk about a bountiful vegetable. Now here is the super simple recipe:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 - 3 cups grated zucchini
  •  chocolate chips or nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together margarine and sugar, add oil, eggs, vanilla, sour cream  and beat well.

2. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. Combine the dry and wet mixtures and mix until blended well.

3. Fold in the zucchini and any other optional ingredients you have. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

This cake is great just by itself but frosting is always good. Here is a terrific recipe for a chocolate ganache: I just used a can of frosting I bought at the store.

 You will not be able to tell there is zucchini in this cake, I promise!

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