Saturday, June 9, 2012

More zucchini.....

I'll guarantee you this is one way you will be able to get children to eat vegetables!  It is virtually impossible to see any traces of green in this fantastic way to serve zucchini!

Are you really sure this is a vegetable?

Today's recipe once again comes from The Table at Grey Gables.  Grey Gables is a bed and breakfast in Rugby, Tennessee.  We have never stayed there, and I hope it is still in operation.  Rugby is a very interesting little place to visit.


1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat).
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 9 x 13-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 five minutes.  Turn the mixer 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.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake on a wire rack.  Sprinkle the top of the cake with confectioners' sugar.
NOTE:  This cake may be frosted with a cream cheese frosting or a chocolate frosting, if desired.
Makes 12 to 15 servings.  I actually was able to cut it into 24 servings.  The portions are not as large, but it seems to be quite an adequate size for those here who are eating it.

So, there you have it!  A nutritious dessert that is just as healthy as Carrot Cake!:-)

This has been a good Saturday here, although I fear the heat has returned.  We have had to close our doors today.:( 

We're set to watch the Belmont, although it would have been more interesting with I'll Have Another in the race.  It is good to know that the owners are taking proper precautions with their wonderful horse.

I have done a bit more today besides work with zucchini.:-)  We have been working on Country Girl's bedroom.  There was only a twin-size bed in there, and it needed to be replaced now that New Husband will be with her should there ever be an occasion for staying overnight.  So, we've been busy with finding another bed - and bedding - for that room.  It is ready now, should it be needed.

I appreciate those of you who are following along, and I'd love to read your comments!

Next post - Still more zucchini!


  1. I love zucchini chocolate cake and breead.. Will need to try this receipe

  2. I have never tried this but it sounds delicious and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. A book club friend of mine makes this often in the late summer and I am always happy to see it. It's a favorite of mine.

  4. Now, if I can just get some good zucchini, this will be a real treat here! Anything chocolate always gets my vote, as you know. :-) For some children, perhaps the nuts would be omitted, but I surely do like nuts in anything like this. Thank you for that recipe!

  5. I have had some zucchini cake before and loved it. Did you shake all of the calories out --so that I could get my veggie????? ha ha

    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. That cake sounds wonderful, too. I am saving these for when we start getting some local produce around here.

    Glad you got your bedroom ready for or girl and her new hubby and I saw that about the Belmont race. Sad about the horse. xo Diana

  7. YUM! The girls and I made zucchini muffins last summer with our produce but the idea of chocolate makes it even more appealing!!

  8. Kids would eat-their-veggies, every day! With/in this! ,-)

  9. Oh, this looks soooo good I can't wait for the bounty of zucchini here in our area! Thank you so much.

    I'm sure the bedroom is beautiful!


  10. Looks delicious.
    The heat has returned here too. But I think that's better than snow and cold weather!! : )

  11. This cake sounds good, Nellie - I'm surprised to see a zucchini cake which uses butter; the ones I've seen use oil.