Chocolate cake. Yum. Yum. Yum. It is so evocative. And so decadent. It is something my kids never tire of me making. And it is something that is not always so healthy.
Over Easter there was an advertisement on social media by a major supermarket for a chocolate cake. They were basically promoting buying three ready-made mass produced cakes and stacking them together. The ad encouraged people to think that making chocolate cake took too much time and was too much effort.
I think it is about priorities. I have a CRAZY busy life. I work full time, I have two young boys who are with me about 70% of the time, I blog, I have entrepreneurial ambitions, I am active in my community, I write … and I just LOVE to bake.
There is something about the smell of something baking in the oven that just typifies home. And there is something wonderful about baking with your children. OK, mine get a bit bored and only want to be there for the scraping the bowl bit at the end. Which is good with this recipe as they don’t see me sneaking in zucchini.
Trust me they had absolutely NO IDEA this had vegetables in it. The zucchini goes all fudgey and adds a richness to the cake. You cannot see it or taste it. The trick is to use those overgrown zucchinis that people with home vegetable gardens seem desperate to give away in Summer and Autumn. And if you are like me, you accept with gratitude and make cake.
To prepare the (supersized) zucchini, peel them, seed them, grate them and then put them colander, preferably with a weight on top. Allow them to sit for around 30 minutes, then use in this recipe.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
125g (1/2 cup) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup self-raising flour
2 cups grated zucchini
1-2 tablespoons milk
- Grate and prepare zucchini as detailed above.
- Beat the butter and sugars until fluffy, then add the vanilla.
- Add the eggs and stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients, and mix further. Finally add the zucchini and milk and stir to combine. (Note: a wooden spoon or spatula is preferable to a beater for this recipe – this is a rustic, rich chocolate cake).
I topped this with a simple icing made from butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder. Well, actually I topped this with a leftover chocolate icing package from a cupcake packet mix. The fact that I even had a packet mix at all was a bit odd, but they were useful when I had just returned from Taiwan and my cupboards were empty!
Cocoa powder: 50c
Do you have a favourite chocolate cake recipe? And have you ever hid vegetables in things that your kids eat?