Saturday, January 19, 2013

Zucchini Cake

Most days we have this or the like for a snack but of late with the extreme heat, a plate of fruit has been a more pleasing meal than anything hot. My only wish is that I could grow more of the fruit ourselves.
I have been baking and cooking up zucchini as they come to try to avoid a glut and my usual go to recipe for zucchini cake is a chocolate one which you can find here. A lack of cocoa in the larder helped me to decide to make a 'plain' zucchini cake. Tastes just as good and is moist with a good crumb. But unlike the chocolate zucchini cake, there is no disguising the zucchini fact (so not as kid appealing). It is a quick to mix cake and the fifty minute baking time is just right to set the kitchen to rights and have a cup of tea ready when it comes out of the oven.
Zucchini Cake
1 large zucchini, grated and drained (about 250 grams)
¾ cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups self -raising flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease and line a loaf  tin.
Beat oil, sugar and egg together until pale.
Stir in zucchini, flour, spices and bicarb until combined.
Pour into prepared tin and bake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Great served warm from the oven  or can be jazzed up with a cream cheese frosting when cool.


Joolz said...

It certainly looks yummy. Not much baking going on here at the moment, just too slack! Might need to make another batch of bread rolls tonight.

I love fresh fruit, I just wish someone would cut it up and put it on a platter for me...

Cheers - Joolz

My Garden Diaries said...

I think that is fantastic that you grow your own food! I wish we had more land for that...we have a small vegetable garden that I plant with my kiddos! Luckily my dad let's all come to his house to garden because he has the space! Your blog looks lovely...I'm looking forward to following along!!

HolleyGarden said...

I love how cooks can always find a way to get rid of the extra zucchini! And I like how you changed the recipe from chocolate to plain to suit your taste. It looks yummy!

Jade S said...

Hey Tracy! Thanks for your visit. I love zucchini bread and I only had it for the first time a few years ago. It had chocolate chips in it- delicious!!

(your new follower)

Kim Henkel said...

The fruit plate looks delicous... Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit today. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

Becky said...

We love Zucchini Bread (yep we call it bread here). I'm hoping to have some zucchini in our garden this year.

Kim said...

My 14 year old daughter is making a zuchini cake today...though we have to have the chocolate version! It is a great way to use up zuchinnis other favourite recipe is a zuchini and cheese soup...but it is a bit hot here for that at the moment!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

That looks lovely too YUM YUM