Monday, December 6, 2010

Chocolate Banana Zucchini Cake

Few zucchini's sitting unused in the refrigerator, one over-ripe banana and a book called Chocolate & Zucchini at your kitchen book stand! What do you do? I did exactly what anyone else who loves baking would have done. Quickly run through the recipes and find delicious looking Chocolate & Zucchini Cake. It looked interesting. Although my husband raised an eyebrow, looked puzzled and questioned with a wrinkled nose- Zucchini in a Cake? Won't that be weird?... hehehe.!

I decided to make some changes in the recipe like reducing egg, adding more sugar, also banana. I didn't want to waste the fruit and also as we all know
chocolate+banana= heavenly
zucchini+chocolate=delicious

Therefore, chocolate+zucchini+banana= Heavenly Delicious!


I went by the equation, and made this gooey, heavenly delicious chocolate banana zucchini cake with sugar sprinkled on the top. Trust me, no-one will be able to figure out that this cake has zucchini in it.



Here is the recipe (Click here for the printable version)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
4 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee granules
2 large eggs
1 cup unpeeled grated zucchini
1 large overripe banana (mashed)
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Confectioner's sugar (for sprinkling on the top)- optional

Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 10-inch cake or springform pan with oil.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3. In a food processor, process the sugar and butter until creamy. You can also do this by hand using a sturdy spatula.
4. Add the vanilla essence, coffee granules and eggs mixing well between each addition.
5. Reserve a cup of the flour mixture and add the rest to the egg mixture. Mix until just combined. The batter will be thick.
6. Add the mashed banana and mix. Don't overmix.The batter will be lumpy.
6. Add the zucchini and chocolate chips to the reserved flour mixture and toss to coat.
7. Fold into the batter and blend with a spatula- don't overmix.
8. Pour into the prepared cake pan and level the surface with a spatula.
9. Bake for 40-50 min, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 min, run a knife around the pan to loosen the cake and take the cake out carefully on the cooling rack.
10. Let it come to room temperature. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar or glaze with melted chocolate.

Slice, Serve and Enjoy :)


Sending this to Champa's Bake Off Event

19 comments:

Nitin Sharma said...

This one is a big hit......to my surprise , good job wifey.... Keep it up!

Suhaina said...

wow..cake look super..so sweet of ur hubby to comment on ur blog... for me it will never happen..U are really lucky...
I have done this cake once before but with oil..I know it was really tasty.

Kimberly Peterson said...

That cake looks amazing! Great job :)

Vandana Rajesh said...

Amazing cake..nice texture...yummy!!

Madhura Manoj said...

fabulous cake.Nice clicks...

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eatgreek.net said...

interesting recipe! :D

Anu said...

Wow..lovely cake..feel like garbing one...

Luna's Recipes said...

I must say that this looks delicious!.. All the best, Luna

Tes said...

The cake looks amazing! Very healthy combo :)

Rachana said...

The Cake looks so soft, moist and yumm!!!

BangaloreBaker said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for the entry. Cake looks absolutely inviting to the palate.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

hey,

lovely cake...drooling all over it...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Sumi said...

pretty cake..love chocolate cake, yet to try out the zucchini chocolate combination..

Priya said...

Cake looks extremely elegant, soft and yummy..

swapna said...

Delicious....

Apu said...

Very tempting cake!!

farida said...

chocolate and banana for cake, so sweet and yummy cake. Thanks

farida
http://www.kitchensuperfood.com

Gulmohar said...

I love chocolate banana cake, but this sounds even yummier by the sddition of zucchini

briarrose said...

Brilliant! I can't believe I've never had chocolate mixed with these two flavors before.....I've been missing out I think.

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