I had two lonely zucchini from my garden this year. We have squirrels and bunnies that feasted on my garden all summer long and stripped my zucchini as soon as they grew a few inches long. So I was surprised when I went to clear out the garden and found one that the squirrels and I had missed. It grew a bit larger than I would have liked, had I only known it was there. . . So what to do with this lonely zucchini. I searched the internet for ideas and came across this moist, decadent cake from Simply Recipes that I couldn’t resist trying. Who knew that chocolate and zucchini would pair up so well. I didn’t, but this cake has certainly changed my mind. The recipe was so good I wouldn’t change a thing.
I only used half the glaze and saved the rest. I found that everyone wanted to put a little glaze drizzle over their individual slices.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake (adapted from Simply Recipes “Chocolate Zucchini Cake”)
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks Butter, softened
2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 teaspoons Orange Zest, or 3/4 teaspoon Penzey’s Orange Peel
2 cups grated Zucchini
1/2 cup Milk
2 cups sifted Powdered Sugar
3 tablespoons Milk
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until they are thoroughly blended. Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time, beating well after each egg. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the vanilla, orange peel, and zucchini to the mixture.
Add the dry ingredients alternately with the 1/2 cup milk to the zucchini mixture. Blend well.
Pour the batter into a tube pan that has been greased with cooking spray. Place into a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. (Test with a wooden toothpick to see if it comes out clean.) Cool in pan for 15 – 20 minutes.
Turn it over onto a plate and drizzle glaze over the cake. Use as much glaze as needed. Any leftover glaze can be used to drizzle the individual slices of cake.
Combine 3 tablespoons of milk into 2 cups of powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth.
Note: Original recipe included 1 cup Walnuts or Pecans which I did not include in my recipe.