Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

The other day when I was out watering, my wonderful neighbor brought us some produce from her garden. We got kind of a late start on our vegetable garden because we were out cruising instead of planting. She brought tomatoes, a Japanese cucumber, a yellow summer squash and a zucchini. I usually don't plant zucchini because we always get plenty from all the gardeners who think six zucchini plants should be just about right for a family of four! Anyway, we do like zucchini and eat it in several different ways but this is one of our favorites.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 c margarine
1/2 c oil
1 2/3 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1/4 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c buttermilk
2 c zucchini, shredded
1 (6 oz) bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat margarine, oil and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until well blended. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Stir in margarine mixture, then add buttermilk and zucchini. Pour batter into a greased and floured
9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips on top. Bake for 55 minutes.

It's very moist and if you grate the zucchini small enough you can't even tell it's in there. Kind of a sneaky way to get some more vegetables in your diet.


Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing that. Love the neighbor, love the veggy's, and really love the cake. I have that receipt - I think I'll pull it out for the 24th.

cindy g

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

chocolate chips and walnuts...now your talking good zuccinni cake!

Lorilee said...

Hi Sue,
Anything chocolate rates high in my book! Thanks for the info on the website. I found it, and I plan to order it! Thanks again!

Aubrey said...

Yum. I really like zucchini cake. I think I was really wrong when I thought I could keep the preggo weight gain under control easier in the summer than in the winter over Christmas.

And I'm a big nerd--last night on the way home from the grocery store, I saw your office light on and slammed on the brakes to see if you were blogging. What a geek. ;) And every time we pass your house, Mr Destructo yells out "Red Herbie!!". He loves the old Herbie movies.

Beth at Aunties said...

We have enjoyed moist chocolate Zucchinni cake for years. Aren't neighbors the best?
I am afraid after my last post we will be receiving our share on on our front porch which will be a good thing:)

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

Mmmmmm, sounds good, I've never had it. Yum!


Rachel said...

I love anything with Zucchini and the pictures are making my mouth water.


Ginger said...

There's a saying around our area that says "don't leave your back door opened when you go on an errand because there will be bags of squash in your kitchen when you get back". It gets to where you can't even give it away during the summer.
Love that cake.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Mimi Sue,
Just catching up now...It was a rough last week. There were several little bumps in the road with my mom's transition which, to my surprise, really affected me emotionally. But thanks to a patient new Caregiver and her staff and a lot of help from my sister, I think we got most things ironed out. Next Wednesday's post will be a happy one, because we had a wonderful day together yesterday and my mom seemed much more like her old self.
Scary about Janis. I'm very grateful it was not more serious. Like I told her, "tender mercies". : )