Friday, June 20, 2008
RECIPE ~ Chocolate Zucchini Cake
If you were to do a Google search for "chocolate and zucchini" you might be amazed at the number of hits to come up, for recipes, books, and even a food website by that name! This is all because it's a delicious combo, though you can't taste the zucchini at all in this moist and delicious cake.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa (I recommend Cocoa Camino)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup soft butter or margarine, unsalted
1 1/2 cups sugar (sucanat, turbinado or rice syrup)*
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp grated orange or lemon peel
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
1/4 - 1/2 cup milk (soy, rice or almond)
1 cup walnut pieces
1/2 - 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Stir in the vanilla, citrus peel and zucchini.
Alternately stir in the dry ingredients and the milk into the zucchini mixture, adding the nuts and chocolate with the last flour addition. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan. Bake at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes, checking for doneness after 40 minutes by inserting a sharp knife. If it comes out mostly clean, it's done. Run a knife along the edges and let cool thoroughly. Remove to a cake dish and, if you like, drizzle a cocoa glaze over top or to each slice served.
1 cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp milk
Stir all ingredients together until smooth, adding more milk a little at a time to reach the desired consistency.
*If using rice syrup, reduce milk to 1/4 cup
*For an egg-free cake, replace with: 3/4 cup water combined with 1/4 cup ground flax seed (let stand 10 minutes to thicken before adding in the recipe); or 1 cup whipped silken soft tofu; or (if you like a chocolate banana cake) 1 large ripe banana, mashed.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
VATAS chocolate is not recommended; increase spice by adding 1 tsp ground ginger; choose any sweetener and any egg replacement option
PITTAS chocolate is not recommended; choose any sweetener plus flax or tofu egg replacement option
KAPHAS chocolate is not recommended; use spelt flour; replace sugar with fruit concentrate or prune puree; reduce fat to 1/4 cup margarine + 1/2 cup applesauce; choose flax or tofu egg replacement option