Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Picnic Game....

Good Saturday morning!

This is my first journey into the linking world, and I hope I am able to do this with a minimum of frustration.:-)

Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations is organizing The Picnic Game.  She will go online with all the offerings on July 1.  So - I am going on a picnic, and I am bringing Zucchini Cake (Double Chocolate)!

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 6-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped (or pecans)
Confectioners' sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.  In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla.

Using an electric mixer, blend the ingredients at low speed.  Increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Turn the miser to low speed and add the sour cream, flour cocoa, soda, and salt.  Mix until well blended.  Increase the speed to medium and beat one minute.

With a rubber spatula fold in the zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts.

The batter will be thick.  Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

Baking pan - Strawberries and Cream by Villeroy and Boch, now discontinued.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cooling on the rack!

-Cool the cake on a wire rack.  Sprinkle the top of the cake with confectioners' sugar.

This cake would also be good with a cream cheese frosting or a chocolate frosting, if desired.  I'd also enjoy it with a dollop of whipped cream!

Cut and ready to serve!

Serving plate - A Proper Tea by Lenox, designed by Susan Branch.

Now, let's see if I am able to let you know what else is coming along for The Picnic Game.

A-Angel Food Cake
B-Basil Leaves in Caramelized Prawns
C-Chicken Piccata
D-Darned Easy Potato Salad
E-Eccles Cakes filled with Leeks, Spinach, and Blue Cheese
F-Fourth of July Picnic S'more Tartlets
G-Gluten-free & Eggless Chocolate Steamed Cake
H-Ham Cheese Patties
I-Italian Frittata With Vegetables
J-Jelly roll
K-Kahlua Zucchini Chocolate Chunk Bread
L-Lemon Lavender Cupcakes
M-Meringue Roulade with Raspberries
N-Nutella Rice Pudding
O-Old-time Favorite iced Red Bean Popsicles
Q-Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad
R-Raspberry and Fig Cobbler
S-Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
T-Two-ingredient Ice Cream Bread
V-Vegan Mango Salsa
W-Watermelon Salad
X-Xmas Coconut Wreath Cake
Y-Yellow Squash Crustless Quiche
Z-Zucchini Cake - Double Chocolate

Wow!  This is going to be a grand picnic!  This is publishing without all the links.  I am working on that skill!  It may take awhile!:-)

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. The picnic sounds wonderful I will be there!

  2. Well, this really looks good, and I believe it would be a great way to enjoy a treat without guilt! I hope other folks are able to find your post today. It was not showing up on your regular berriesandmore page, but when I put it into the search bar as "The Picnic Game," it popped up. Not sure why that happened....anyway, I hope you're having a super Saturday, Sister!

  3. Nellie, That looks nice and chocolaty. It would be good with coffee for breakfast...if there was any left. LOL... I love having picnics. We will be having once next weekend , it's also our family reunion. Blessings,xoxo,Susie

  4. Hi Nellie!
    Yeah you, YOU did it!

    I know how busy you are Nellie and I want you to know we really appreciate you joing in on the Picnic Game fun!!!

    Isn't that one amazing list of goodies??? Of course, you better hold on to a piece of that Zucchin Cake for me because I'm sure it will go like hot cakes at the picnic!

    Thank you so much for joining, Nellie. You'll do fine with the rest of the links, just take your time. Let me know if I can help in any way. And Nellie, Enjoy:)

  5. Oh yum! This complements my K is for Kahlua Zucchini Chocolate Chunk Bread!

  6. this is amazing, yummo!!!!

  7. This looks like a very delicious cake. I like the idea of baking in an oven proof ceramic baking dish. I guess it would need to be greased well.
    Hope summer is treating you well Nellie.

  8. Hi Nellie, great and wonderful Zucchini Chocolate Cake. It's new to me but I know this is something special and I am sure to stick to you at the picnic. See you at the picnic and regards :)

  9. Oh yummy look at all those chocolate chips i that mixing bowl. I would just eat a bowl of chocolate chips all by themselves :)

  10. Zucchini and chocolate, this is an unusual mix.

  11. What a beautiful cake. Your pictures are just as lovely as your cake! I wanted to reach into the computer and help myself to a slice!

  12. That is a lovely cake! Great for picnic fare and for snacking anytie of the day! And I like your serving plate. :)

  13. I am already so full but I can't help myself sinking a bite into your lovely cake. Nice meeting you.

  14. I am already so full but I can't help myself sinking a bite into your lovely cake. Nice meeting you.

  15. Not only did you bring a beautiful dessert, you put it on a fancy plate! This is a splendid picnic treat. Glad you brought it.

  16. Double chocolate -- now that's my kind of zucchini cake. On my way!

  17. Last but not least -- this sounds like a delicious finale for the picnic!

    best... mae at ... letter "c"

  18. Hi Nellie , just love the ingredients in this cake . Little late getting here , internet was down from the storm . I want a hunk of that gorgeous cake ;-D

  19. That sounds incredible! I look forward to making it myself quite soon.

  20. Yum! Zucchini chocolate cake is a perfect addition to the picnic - thanks for bringing it along.

  21. Howdy there! Nice meeting you at the picnic party. Love your zucchini cake. I'm going to pack a few home with me if you don't mind! Enjoy & have fun at the picnic party.
    Blessings, Kristy

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