Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday. I'm 51. Funny, I don't feel 51. Anyway, I thought I would share my birthday cake pics and recipe with you. I have posted this recipe before but I keep tweaking it and making it a little healthier every time I make it. You would never know there is zucchini in it - it is my go to recipe for chocolate cake.

I actually wasn't going to do a cake, but Andy insisted. At his age, he just can't fathom someone having a birthday and not having cake!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 1/2 cups gf flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill GF Mix)
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups organic raw sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup milk substitute (I used Vanilla Almond Milk)
Glaze (directions follow)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
1 Combine the four, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
2 With a mixer, beat together the coconut oil and the sugar until they are smoothly blended. Add the eggs to the oil and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a spoon, stir in the vanilla and zucchini.
3 Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the milk substitute into the zucchini mixture.
4 Pour the batter into a greased and flour-dusted 10-inch tube pan or Bundt pan. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes (test at 45 minutes!) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes; turn out on wire rack to cool thoroughly.
5 Drizzle glaze over cake.
Glaze: Mix together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons milk substitute, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Cut in thin slices to serve. Makes 10-12 servings.

1 comment:

Shannon said...

HaPpY BirThDay! And your cake looks yummy. Hope you had a nice day.