Thursday, 18 August 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Pecan Cake

Who ever was the   smart woman who thought to  add  zucchini to a quick bread  I applaud you. Perhaps  the same  smartie who added carrot to cake.......

Zucchini Cake  decorated with whipped cream and fresh peaches.
This  type of recipe is called a loaf but to me it is more of a cake... 
One of the great things about this recipe it uses 3 cups of grated zucchini,  the other it makes 3 loaves  ....... some for the freezer or the neighbours.
This cake  has a  rich  chocolate taste. I opted to use Dutch Process Cocoa,which is darker  with a mellow  intense flavour .This cake is moist  similar in texture to carrot cake..
Printable Recipe;click on link!
3 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2  cups sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder(use 3 tsp if using Dutch Process Cocoa)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda(LEAVE OUT IF USING DP COCOA)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.
Combine the eggs, oil, butter and extracts; mix well.

 Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fold in zucchini and pecans A rather  thick batter.
 Pour into three greased  8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks.
 I used 6 small   foil loaf pans as several  are  gifts for the
 neighbours  Some will go into the freezer......I will be  dusting  with icing sugar tho a cream cheese icing would  gild the lily..

Also used a fancy   Wilton pan that looks like mini angel food cakes..these will be turned into mini desserts  dusted with icing sugar and the center filled with chopped peaches for a corn roast  we are going to.

 A Cake or a  Loaf what would you call these  yummy  treats?


Crafty Gardener said...

That looks delicious. I tried your recipe link but just got the title.

Becca's Dirt said...

That looks so yummy. I'm gonna have to try this one. Who would have thought 'zucchini' but who would've thought carrot like you said.

Rosemary said...

Crafty Thanks for the heads up on the link for the recipe I think it is fixed now...Rosemary

Karen said...

Rosemary, another tempting delectable from your kitchen! Love all your recipes, they are wonderful!


The link worked fine for me. I love the versatility of zuchinni and have yet to post a recipe I'd made with zuchinni in an enchilida.

Weird... but eatable.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Rosemary,
This is a great Zuchinni treat. I will want to try this recipe it looks delicious.Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
Come back soon,
Miz Helen

Cassy said...

Hmmm, very enticing.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Kim and Victoria said...

Cake, for sure. I love chocolate zucchini cake. I planted one plant this year; nothing. Problem is, it seems as if no one grows it anymore and I rarely see free ones.

Nancy said...

This recipe is Fantastic!!! I just made some today ~ Thank you so much for sharing it!!!!
Nancy xx

Rosanne said...

Great way to use up zucchini!

Veronica said...

That is so different and i would love to try it. Looks delectable!


Zoey said...

Yum, that looks so good!