CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

Teresa G.

By
@BlueGinghamApron

This recipe is based on a recipe from King Arthur (the flour company, not His Highness, LOL!) I've modified the recipe to our liking and it is fantastic! It is super chocolatey, super moist, and you'd never guess that there is zucchini in it. What a great way to eat our veggies!


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Serves:
Makes 9"x13" cake
Prep:
40 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

2 1/2 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp
salt
3/4 c
dutch-process baking cocoa
2 tsp
espresso powder
1/2 c
butter, room temperature ( 8 tablespoons)
1 3/4 c
white granulated sugar
1/2 c
vegetable oil
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
2 large
eggs
1/2 c
sour cream
3 c
shredded zucchini (approx. one 10" zucchini)
1 c
"special dark" chocolate chips, divided (or semi-sweet chocolate)
1 can(s)
chocolate fudge frosting

Step-By-Step

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1Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.

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2In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

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3In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa and espresso powder; set aside.

4In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy; add sugar; beat until creamy.

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5Add oil and vanilla; beat until smooth.

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6Add eggs; beat well.

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7Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture; stir in 1/2 the sour cream; stir in 1/2 of remaining flour mixture; stir in rest of sour cream; add remainder of flour mixture and cocoa & espresso powder mixture; stir to mix thoroughly.

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8Stir in zucchini and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

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9Pour into prepared pan, smoothing to level batter.

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10Bake at 350ºF for 35-40 minutes, until center springs back when lightly touched and cake appears set. (Note: Time is approximate due to type of pan and oven variations.)

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11Remove cake from oven, sprinkle fairly evenly with 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and return it to oven for 8-10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean.

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12Remove cake from oven; use an off-set spatula or dinner knife to spread the chocolate chips into a smooth glaze. Set pan on a wire rack and let cool completely (about 2 hrs.)

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13When cooled, use knife or small off-set spatula to spread frosting evenly over cake.

14Note: You may use your favorite ganache instead of melted chocolate chip glaze and frosting, if preferred.