If you have a wee garden, as we do, and you accidentally planted too many zucchini plants, as I did, you may now find yourself facing Zucchini Overload. When the Historian and I were first married I overestimated the amount of zucchini I could stir-fry, pickle, freeze, make loaves with or give away - by about nine plants! It was no laughing matter - I became obsessed with ridding myself of the great green squashes that were taking over my kitchen! It got to the point where I would put a bag of the prolific produce on some one's doorstop, ring the bell and run. Oh yes, and heaven help those unsuspecting parishioners who left their car doors unlocked of a Sunday morning, for they too were 'gifted' with my excess! I thought I had learned my lesson, but this year, I again have more than I need. I have made muffins, loaves and stir-fry, and yesterday I made a cake! I forgot to take a picture before it was cut and now it is gone, but I'll share my recipe anyway.
Zucchini Chocolate Cake
1/2 cup soft butter (1 stick)
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (or 1/2 cup vegetable oil if you like)
1/2 cup sour milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups grated zucchini with peel
2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/3 plus 1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get on that apron - cocoa really stains you know!
In mixing bowl at low speed cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat until light. Mix in apple sauce and vanilla. Mix in sour milk. Remove mixing bowl from stand and use a large spoon to stir in zucchini. Combine dry ingredients and sift together twice. Add to zucchini mixture all at once and stir just until combined. Spread in a well greased 9x13 pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 -40 minutes or until toothpick comes out cleanly.
WARNING: If you are serving this at a potluck, be sure to clearly label, as there are those who 'despise' zucchini and will feel that you are 'pulling one over' on them if you hide it in a yummy, moist, delicious chocolate cake!