Friday, August 14, 2009

Awesome Chocolate Cake Recipe... secret ingredient: zucchini! (not kidding)


I have one of those husbands who doesn't like to eat anything 'weird'... which includes fruit suspended within jello... and most vegetables. Unfortunately he's not setting a good example for my kids...my son is just like his daddy...and balks at eating anything new. My little girl is more adventerous...and will usually eat anything she sees me eating...so there's hope for her.

It's already harvest time here for many great vegetables... and I have 2 big fat zucchinis in the kitchen waiting to become chocolate cake! You're probably thinking, ewwww...gross! Zucchini in chocolate cake? Are you serious?
Let me say what I tell my son... try it...you'll probably like it! The chocolate overpowers any traces of zucchini flavor & the zucchini seems to hold in the moisture to keep the cake from drying out! I'm serious! It IS yummy!


Here is the recipe if you dare to try it for yourself! (when I make it later today, I will post an updated photo of what it looks like...and will let you know what my husband thought of it!)

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

preheat oven to 325

Ingredients:
1/2 c butter or margarine
1/2 c oil
1 1/3c sugar
2 eggs
1/3 c coccoa
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini

Nuts & chocolate chips optional.

Mix all together ...blend well for about 2 minutes... pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips & chopped nuts if desired.

Bake for app. 40 min...until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy!
*UPDATE* ...yep, the hubs realized there was a vegetable inside after just one bite... oh well, all the more cake for me! I think it's swell...and so do the kids!

5 comments:

MunchkinMama said...

I love chocolate zucchini cake!!! Have you ever had "Mock Apple Pie"? It tastes just like apple pie, but is made with, you guessed it, zucchini! We have so much zucchini right now, but it is so hot that I dont have the energy to cook! Enjoy your cake! Maybe I will have to make my pie and blog about it. My husband has been begging me to the point that he sliced up the zucchini yesterday and put it in the refrigerator for me!

GreenLightGo said...

One of my favorite things to do is make a zucchini bread, which is like a sweet bread~ like banana bread, SO YUMMY! I'm sure this cake is DEE-LISH! I was thinking about making some zucchini bread today, so what the heck- I'll make your chocolate Zucchini cake instead! Thanks for the recipe!

ShopKim said...

What timing! My MIL just gave me two zucchini's that I need to do something with. I was going to make bread but this might be an option instead!

Hello there! My name is June said...

I'm so glad this recipe has had a positive response! I've never tried that recipe MunchkinMama, but someone just gave it to me...so I may have to try it & see if I can slip mock apple pie past my hubby. He DID realize I'd put 'something' in the cake... after one bite! He asked, 'is there a vegetable in here?' ...I should've probably lied...but fessed up & he wouldn't eat another bite! Ah well... more cake for me! :oP GreenLightGo... I agree! The smell of zucchini bread in the oven brings back so many fond childhood memories for me! I posted a zucchini bread recipe just the other day...along with a zucchini muffin recipe! I'm on a zucchini roll here! ShopKim... with 2 zucchinis you might have enough to do both bread and cake! Let me know how it turns out!

:o)
June

IamSusie said...

I made chocolate zucchini bread with my large garden zucchini and it was the most delicious chocolate cake I ever made and I make a lot of chocolate things!