Friday, July 13, 2007

Solution for Zucchini Overload

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

3 eggs

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!



  1. Hi Heather! Great minds think alike...I just made some chocolate zucchini muffins tonight!! I'm printing out your recipe beause it sounds delicious!!


  2. That cake sounds delicious!

  3. There is something quite grand about a cake that is so yummy and yet, actually somewhat good for you! Enjoy!

    Kelli - are you going to post your muffin recipe? We are muffin crazy around here! I have made zucchini muffins, but not with chocolate! Mmmm!

  4. Hi Heather, I will post my muffin recipe this week! I didn't get any pictures of the last two batches because they disappeared too quickly. ;0)



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