It took NO time at all for Kristen to decide, when I asked for a recipe after her interview ‘Let’s get back to Play!’. This must be a family favourite around her house! After making it yesterday, it will be here too! This cake is a delightful way to use all those fall zucchinis that are still coming out of the garden. Moist and rich, with a delicate chocolate flavour and a crunchy coconut topping. I’ve shared Kristen’s recipe below, when I made it I had to do a few adjustments. I was out of vegetable oil, so I substituted an equal amount of coconut oil. We have a walnut allergy in our house, so instead I used cashews. I also doubled the amounts and it worked out just fine. This is a quick and easy recipe, and my kids liked shredding the zucchini…remember to fold that in last! Would taste just as awesome without the frosting, just a thought…
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
- 1¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- ¼ cup cocoa ( I used Camino organic, fair trade cocoa, it was so flavourful!)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cloves
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 6 tbs soft butter
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (or any nuts)
- ¼ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 325°, grease 13 x 9 x 2″ pan
- In a mixer cream butter, oil and sugar, once creamy, add in eggs and vanilla.
- In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves.
- Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, stopping to scrape the mixer bowl occasionally.
- Fold zucchini into batter and mix well.
- Pour batter into pan, bake for 30-45 minutes on until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
- Meanwhile mix butter, brown sugar and milk together, fold in coconut and chopped nuts.
- Remove cake from oven, spread frosting on warm cake, return to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, on centre rack (4-6 inches away) …keep your eye on this! I’m a broiling nightmare, so easy to burn things when you are as easily distracted as I am 🙂
Freezes well, great for school lunches. Enjoy!
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.