Well summer is here and the gardens are producing some awesome vegetables!! Every year we always make zucchini bread with the zucchini.
This time I decided to make a Cake instead….now I’m sure someone out there has made a zucchini cake…but I have have, this really is no different then the bread just in cake form, so this is what I came up with 🙂
along with the things I would change next time 🙂
Did I say change…yes I did 🙂 No one is perfect!!!!!!!!!!
Ever watch Top Chef or I like Top Chef Masters myself, (in case you don’t, it is a cooking competition show with mostly well know chefs) I like this show better since I do admire some of the chefs that have been on the show and am amazed at the talent they have that have made them famous.
This new season just started last Wednesday night on Bravo, this season does not have many chefs that are TV known except Chef David Burke he has multiple Awards, Restaurants, and few products. They have many talented Chefs this season and I am excited to watch.
Which brings me back to telling you as I made this cake and it did not turn exactly as I wanted it too, so next time I know the things I’ll change (which I will let you know in the recipe what that is) 🙂
So I’ll tell you a secret, not everything I make turns out just right, including “my new idea for a cookie” that I tried to make this week 🙂
I was trying to make it with no flour, butter, oil…okay health and using things I already had around the house…well I am going to admit, the garbage had its share of treats 🙂
Oh my goodness I can’t describe the texture…closest word I can think of is “RUBBER”LOL Hey at least I tried 😛
UPDATE on this post – I brought this cake into the office today and everyone loved just as I made it, so I’ll leave it up to you on the changes, that are below 🙂
Alright, alright lets move on to the cake 🙂
add dry indgredients to a bowl
whisk together to combine
add eggs, oil and vanilla to large bowl
whisk to combine
Grate zucchini over the wet mixture bowl
or just add the grated zucchini to the wet mixture
fold in to combine
then add dry to wet
just mix until everything is moist
Pour into a 9×13 pan
(this is what I would change, if I use a 9×13 again I will double the recipe or I’d use a 9×9 baking dish)
Bake and let cool completely
Cream Cheese Frosting ingredients
add softened cream cheese and butter to bowl
with hand mixer or stand mixer, just mix to combine
then add confectioners sugar a little at a time
add as much sugar as you like for taste of sweetness and consistency
I use only 3/4 of a 1 pound bag
frost your cake
done, you can dig in right now, but keep in the refrigerator
Zucchini Cake Recipe
(exactly as I made, with what I would change)
1 large zucchini, grated (about 3 cups or so)
1 cup oil
3 tbsp. vanilla
2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. cinnamon (I would have put in a least 1 more tablespoon, I also would have added 1/2 tsp. nutmeg)
Nuts are optional I did not use any
In a medium bowl add all the dry ingredients and whisk to fully combine.
In a large bowl add oil, eggs and vanilla, whisk to fully combine, add grated zucchini and stir to combine.
Then add dry to zucchini mixture, fold just until everything is moist.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Pour mixture into a greased or non-stick sprayed baking dish*** see Note below
(In the pictures I used a 9×13, for this recipe would change that to a 9×9 baking dish. I felt that the cake was too thin, I would have liked it to be thicker. Therefore if using the recipe above and you want a thicker cake use a 9×9 baking dish, if you like it thin (about 1 1/2 inch) then use a 9×13 baking dish. Now you can also double this recipe and use a 9×13, resulting in a thicker cake)
Bake time using above recipe in a 9×13 done in 30-35 minutes, using a 9×9 pan check at 35 to 40, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely
Cream Cheese Frosting
8oz. cream cheese, very softened
4 tbsp. butter, very softened
1 box confectioners sugar (1 pound box)
in a medium mixing bowl add cream cheese and butter, beat on med-high speed just until combined, then on low speed add sugar a little at time until you have the sweetness and desired consistency.
Frost cake, slice and serve, or this can kept in the refrigerator until you serve.
This cake is Super Moist!!
and Cream Cheese Frosting is so creamy 🙂
I hope you try it!!! Enjoy!!