Monday, August 25, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

serveKate here with another recipe. Maybe you're like me and are inundated with zucchini about now. Understand I'm not complaining. I'm actually grateful that our zucchini is living up to its reputation. In years past I would pick one maybe two zucchini and wait two days--yes two whole days--before another zucchini was ready. So when I checked the zucchini a couple of weeks ago, I was unprepared for this turn of events.
zucchiniNot bad, eh?
The novelty is beginning to wear off and I've already shredded, measured, and placed two cup portions into freezer bags and August is just beginning. Even the pigs have feasted on zucchini. This is when it's time to pull out Nate's Grandma's Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe.
shredFirst shred the zucchini. You'll need two cups of shredded zucchini. A hand grater works just fine. I used one for years before I got this attachment for my Bosch. You'll notice I don't peel it. Just give it a good wash.
Combine:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
In a separate bowl cream together:
3/4 cup butter or shortening
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Add 1/2 cup of milk and 2 cups shredded zucchini. Then add flour mixture to creamed mixture a little at a time until combined. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
batter
Pour into a 9 x 13 pan.
toppingSprinkle with 1 cup of chopped nuts. Here I used pecans, but I've used walnuts and almonds with good success before. Also sprinkle with semi-sweet chocolate chips and either white chocolate chips or like I've done here Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips. There's no specific amount--just do it till it looks purty. Then bake at 350° for 1 hour and enjoy.
serve
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Combine:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
In a separate bowl cream together:
3/4 cup butter or shortening
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Add:
1/2 cup of milk
2 cups shredded zucchini.
Then add flour mixture to creamed mixture a little at a time until combined. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
Sprinkle with:
1 cup of chopped nuts, your choice
semi-sweet chocolate chips
white chocolate chips or  Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips
Bake at 350° for 1 hour.