Well, first things first. KC of Little Homestead in the Desert invited me to be part of her "In Her Shoes" series. It's up today! Thank you KC! Do go take a peek, she asked some really fun questions. Also, if you've never visited KC, you should. She's sweet, creative, shares great recipes and her girls are completely adorable.
So when I said I was going to make grilled zucchini or chocolate cake with those first zucchinis.... you knew which one was going to win, right?
The cake. Yes. Of course.
I don't think cake has any healing powers for a foggy brain and coughing mama. But it does for the soul. You could be having a really rotten day and someone could say, "here, have a piece of cake." And it would instantly be better. Especially if it is chocolate.
Yesterday morning I took this cake out of the oven to cool and Sophia wandered into the kitchen and said "oooh, mama what is that smell?"
"Chocolate zucchini cake." I told her.
"Mmmmm. Are you going to put frosting on it?" she asked.
"No." I told her. She looked disappointed.
Next my very hungry grumpy little one came in. He was wailing about no lunch, it was 12:25 after all. He was famished. He looked at the cake and said, "That looks awful. What is it?"
"It's cake, chocolate zucchini cake." I told him.
"Why is there no frosting?" he grumbled.
Clearly my youngest children like their frosting. But it gets better.
When Joe came home from work and was eating his second piece he said to me, "This is so delicious, and I think it would be even better with some sort of chocolate peanut butter frosting."
I made a dramatic scream like I saw a scary bug.
"You people and your frosting!" I yelled.
He looked rather surprised. So I told him how my day had gone. This made him laugh.
But back the cake. It's a moist cake made with whole wheat pastry flour and is barely sweetened. Think deep dark chocolate. It's delicious. And it does not need frosting.
But you can make that choice on your own. If you do frost it, don't be surprised to see at least three of my family members on your front porch. If Sam were home, he'd surely have voted for frosting as well.
Chocolate & Zucchini Cake
(adapted from this recipe)
1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/4 cup strong coffee (you can sub water if necessary)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups unpeeled grated zucchini (about two small-ish ones)
1/2 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
1/2 cup good quality bittersweet chocolate chips, lightly chopped
preheat oven to 350
add sucanat & coffee (or water) & vanilla to a bowl, mix & set aside (you can skip this if you are using brown sugar)
using coconut oil or butter or olive oil, grease a baking dish (coconut oil is my favorite for this) I used a 10x14 pan, because that is what I have. an 8x10 would have resulted in a taller cake. round would be lovely too.
measure dry ingredients into a bowl & set aside.
grate zucchini, toss in with sucanat, mix. add eggs & oil, mix again.
chop the chocolate chips.
mix the dry stuff with the wet stuff until just barely mixed together.
gently stir in the chocolate chip chips.
taste the batter, if it isn't sweet enough, you can add another 1/4 cup of sucanat/sugar.
spread/pour evenly into the pan.
bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
about 30 minutes for me.