The last Monday of October is here in all its pre-Halloween glory, and chilly not-so-glorious mornings! It is Reveal Day of The Secret Recipe Club, and here I am to disclose the blog I was assigned to cook from: The Colbert Clan, hosted by Kate. Now, I must confess that this month I almost decided to skip participating because we traveled so much. I kept the blog going normally, but we barely stayed home. First a trip to Santa Monica, CA, back home for 24 hours, then we caught a plane to São Paulo, Brazil. I knew that my only chance of sticking with the Secret Recipe Club would be to jump on the assignment right away. So, I took a slightly different approach to it, and went straight with a search for a cake. Cake? Me, the anti-cake-baker? Yes, you got that right. I wanted to take a chocolate cake to the department and that’s what I searched for. The choice was easy, painless, and very sweet: a Chocolate Zucchini Cake, adorned with a luscious buttercream frosting which yours truly made with only minor boo-boos. It was an almost painless baking experience, which is saying a lot. But let me tell yo a little bit about Kate. She is a young, stay-at-home Mom of three kids, and her blog reflects life-style of someone who needs to get good food at the table for a family of five. I am sure it’s not easy, kids can be picky, and juggling everyone’s desires is like a full-time job! Kudos for her… I could not resist browsing a little bit through The Colbert Clan, and was tempted to make her Mini-snickers Cheesecakes, which are simply adorable with a drizzle of caramel on top. I am sure my colleagues at the department would be absolutely thrilled… And, since we are on the subject of cuteness, how about these Macaroon Kisses? Definitely something to consider as a baking project… But, chocolate cake was on my mind, and without further ado, let me share the recipe with you.
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE FROSTING
(from The Colbert Clan)
for the cake:
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
for the frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Heat oven to 350 and spray your 9×13 pan.
In one bowl mix together oil, sugar, vanilla, egg and milk until combines. Add grated zucchini.In a second bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Pour dry ingredients into wet mixture and mix.
Pour into your 9×13 pan and bake for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting: Beat the butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and milk. Mix in cocoa and powdered sugar, whip until the mixture is smooth and creamy. I did not have to use all the powdered sugar mixture.
Cut in squares and serve.
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Comments: I’ve always wanted to make a chocolate cake with zucchini in it, because it’s so intriguing! Of course, I am very fond of a particular type of carrot cake from my childhood, and zucchini is not too far from carrots as far as food is concerned. Plus, chocolate can make many things taste delicious and decadent, even the humble zucchini. This cake is simple to prepare, the hardest part was shredding the squash. Now, a piece of advice for novice bakers: if you are a neat freak like I am, and decide to rinse the sieve after making the cake batter, make sure it is 100% dry before you go sifting the cocoa powder for the frosting. If there is water in it, you’ll have a big mess on your hands, especially if you are puzzled about the cocoa not going through and decide to “help” it with your fingers. Enough said.
The cake was a big success with our colleagues, and of course Phil had to remind me of speeches he gave me in the past, like “The Importance of Frosting on Any Cake,” and “Why Cakes are Not Real Cakes If Not Smothered in Frosting.” He is thrilled that I seem to be getting his point, after so many years of food blogging. Our marriage only gets better and better.
Kate, I hope you had a great time cooking from your assigned blog!
I invite my readers to browse through the collection of goodies made by my fellow virtual friends from The Secret Recipe Club with a click on the blue frog at the end of the post.
ONE YEAR AGO: Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Honey-Mustard Dressing
TWO YEARS AGO: Bewitching Kitchen on Fire!
THREE YEARS AGO: Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps
FOUR YEARS AGO: Chiarello’s Chicken Cacciatore
FIVE YEARS AGO: Donna Hay’s Thai-Inspired Dinner
SIX YEARS AGO: Panettone