Friday, September 19, 2008

Thoughtful Friday...

Picture by me quote by ScrapNfonts.

Today Owen and I are baking a cake together! It's our first baking adventure and I must say it went well. I'm not a fan of messy activities with children but I think it's important for him to have experiential learning opportunities so I sucked it up and gave it a go. He loved pouring things in and watching the mixer. We are making a Chocolate Zucchini Cake and I thought I'd share the recipe with you. It's something I like to make in the fall to use up the zucchini from the garden.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe (submitted to the Immanuel Lutheran Church cookbook Bremen, Kansas by Becky McManus)

1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c butter (softened)
1 3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 c grated or shredded zucchini (this is about 1 medium sized zucchini or 2 small ones)
1/2 c milk with 3 tsp vinegar in it
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 T cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts (I don't put nuts in mine because I don't like them!)

Cream together oil, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the zucchini and milk. Add the soda, flour cinnamon, cocoa, and salt and mix well. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13 cake pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and nuts over the top and bake at 35o˚ for 40 minutes. Needs no frosting, but can be served with whipped topping.

I use a kitchen aid mixer and don't do any hand stirring. It comes out fine. I also use Pam with flour for the greasing/flouring rather than doing that by hand and it comes out just fine. I also turn the cake 1/2 way through baking but that's mostly because our oven is old and has hot spots.

I love recipes from old church cookbooks. This one is from Morgan's grandmother and throughout it are Xs next to recipes that she liked and used to make. This is one of them!

I will post the baking photos this weekend or Monday. The cake is still in the over so I need to do a finished photo!

Have a great Friday!


Sue C said...

That recipe looks so good. I now gotta go and get some zucchini. Thanks for sharing!

Miss M! said...

That sounds REALLY GOOD!!! I'm banned from making baked goods with zucchini though, dh doesn't like it and thinks it's gross.

I'm tempted though, and maybe I just won't tell him what's in it...

Lily said...

yum, sounds like a good time

jill said...

great quote and beautiful photo.

I love chocolate and zucchini is one of my fav vegs. I have to admit I never thought of using them together. A great way to sneak in vegs for my kids :)

Noelia said...

I love zucchini! I'm very curious to know how your cake turned out. How was it? I'm not a fan of messy things to do with kids either but they love it too much that I can't refuse.

emily said...

how fun! my friend's mom used to make a chocolate zucchini cake and it was SO good! rich, chocolatey..hmmm

happydays525 said...

Mmmmmm...sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!