Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Here's my favorite chocolate zucchini cake. This recipe took months to develop and caused me to gain 20 pounds.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 cups flour (you can use gluten-free flower in this - it is still delicious)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp cinnamon
6 eggs
1 cup sunflower oil
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Use cooking spray on a 9x13 baking pan.

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon).  Add eggs and oil, and mix well.  Fold in the zucchini and nuts, and stir until it is evenly distributed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top.  Bake 50-60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Once I forgot to sprinkle the chocolate chips before I baked it.  I sprinkled them on after the cake came out of the oven. They melted, and I spread them to make a smooth, easy frosting.

This version is with nuts, and without chocolate chips.