Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Double Chocolate Zucchini Oatmeal Cake

Recently, a friend brought me some zucchini from her garden.  I didn't plant any zucchini this year, but every year it seems that friends and neighbors gift me some.  It is an abundant crop around here!  I am always looking for recipes and new ways to use my zucchini.  I decided that I would like to try a very chocolately zucchini cake, with oatmeal.  However, a recipe search for such a thing did not avail much.  So I did what I always do when I can't find just the right recipe - I made my own!  And besides, if my kids are going to eat chocolate cake, it may as well have vegetables and lots of fiber :-)  I topped this cake with a simple cream cheese icing.  It was yummy!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Oatmeal Cake

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
3 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, cocoa, baking powder. baking soda, and salt.  Mix well.  In another large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla.  Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well.  Add milk and continue to blend until combined well.  Mix in the zucchini, and then the chocolate chips.  Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 cake pan and bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


mamapsalmist said...

This sounds awesome! And we just got two HUGE zuchinnis! Chocolate Zuchinni Cake here we come!

The MamaBird said...

I just got back from the grocery store with zucchini! Mine keeps blooming but no actual zucchini. Grr! I think I'm going to make this for our dessert tonight!!

thethriftyhousewife said...

I hope yours turns out as well as mine did :-)

radar5 said...

Oh man! YUM! Thanks for sharing.

JayLeigh said...

Thank you so much for the recipe! I made it today, and it's so good! I had to tweak it because we are vegan, and I used less sweetener and less oil (I used half Earth Balance and half olive oil in place of butter), but it turned out really yummy. :)

thethriftyhousewife said...

I am so glad you liked it :-)

Anonymous said...

I made this because I knew my uncle would be visiting. My uncle, who it is usually hard to get a compliment from when it comes to baking because my grandma was the best, kept on saying how delicious it was! I gave him a big piece to take home, and when I talked to him on the phone, he was still raving about it! Now I am going to make it for my pre-teen niece who has an aversion to vegetables. I am going to peel the zucchini and she will never know! She will love it. Thank you!

thethriftyhousewife said...

I'm glad your uncle liked it! I hope it's a hit with your niece as well :)

Anonymous said...

Can I substitute better for bread flour for the whole wheat flour?

thethriftyhousewife said...

I've never tried that, but it would probably work just fine.