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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Posted on September 14, 2009 11:11 AM by Admin

By Blythe

 

It's a classic late-summer quandary that I'm sure most of us have been presented with at some point.  What to do will all the zucchini that piles up from local gardens? 

 

Much like tomatoes and apples, zucchini has a way of being abundant to the point of becoming an embarrassment of riches.  Last week a large produce box appeared in the office kitchen here, filled with cucumbers, yellow squash, and yup, zucchini.  A coworker obviously brought in this harvest from his or her garden, and anonymously left it for the benefit of the rest of us! 

I had been reading different blog posts on Tastespotting.com that day and happened to come across Fare to Remember's "Being Sneaky with Zucchini" post. 

It was here that I learned there's even a day commemorating this yearly zucchini conundrum.  To celebrate 'Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day', Fare to Remember posted a delicious-sounding Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe. Inspired by this, I went to the kitchen and picked out the largest fruit I could find. 

 

Yes, I was feeling ambitious. 

 

Even so, it took me a few days to get all the ingredients together (don't ask!).  Despite my disappointment in not finding mint chocolate chips in any of the local stores, I finally had everything ready. 

 

I whipped up this cake on one of the less sultry days we had here in Vermont last week.  It came out beautifully.  The cake was moist and had a delicious chocolate brownie flavor with the slight hint of zucchini bread.  I used extra chocolate chips on top and even sprinkled on some white chocolate baking chips to make up for the lack of mint. 

 

It really is a sneaky recipe - the shredded zucchini is camouflaged almost completely by the dark chocolate cake. 

 

I won't lie - much like the lone cucumber still sitting on the counter in our kitchen - the entire cake was not all taken (it was Friday after all and I think there were fewer people working that day).  But this recipe is a tasty, worthwhile way to use this abundant fruit synonymous with summer.   


I know, I know. Stop talking about Hot Chocolate but please, indulge me yet again. I want to share this recipe we have on our website that you can make to pair with your Hot Chocolate. It’s a recipe for homemade marshmallows and while it’s not a lot of work, it might be a little messy. But come on, it’s the holidays. Imagine your friends coming over and finding out you made your own marshmallows. And you cut them into cute little shapes with a cookie cutter. They’ll be green with envy. I’ve mentioned this recipe before but I don’t think I’ve ever posted it directly. But regardless, it definitely bears repeating.

Homemade Marshmallows
4 pkg (1 oz.) powdered gelatin
1/3 cup water
1.25 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
6 large egg whites
3/4 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup corn starch

Sprinkle gelatin in 6oz. cold water, let stand one minute. In heavy sauce pan, bring water, granulated sugar and corn syrup to 240° Whip egg whites to stiff peak, but not dry, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overwhip. Make an Italian Meringue by pouring the cooked sugar down the side of the bowl into the egg whites. Do not pour sugar onto beaters or it will splash. Dissolve the gelatin in the hot pans and add to the sugar and egg mixture. Whip until stiff, glossy, and fluffy, about 7 minutes.

Spray the bottom and sides of parchment covered baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray and spread the marshmallow mixture evenly. Do not press down as you spread or the marshmallow will deflate.

Combine confectioners sugar and corn starch. Using a fine mesh sleeve, sprinkle some of the mixture over top of the marshmallow. Reserve remaining mixture for additional sprinklings. Let stand for 2-4 hours to dry. Add more sugar/starch mixture to the top and invert marshmallow. Remove parchment paper and dust bottom with sugar/starch mixture. Cut into squares or shapes with cookie cutters. Toss cut pieces in sugar/starch mixture to coat completely.

Good luck. Have fun. Send pictures!

PS – if you don’t want to make marshmallows but wanna do something fun, try holiday-shaped Peeps on top of your hot cocoa. Snowmen, tree shapes, whatever makes you giggle.


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