This chocolate zucchini cake has to be one of the most delicious chocolate cakes ever! It's light and airy, but moist at the same time, and very easy to make.... We filled and topped it with a chocolate ganache frosting and it was superb.
What a marvellous way to use a glut of zucchinis in the late summer. Once the cake bakes, there is no trace of the zucchini, but it makes the cake beautifully moist.
The cake itself does not taste very chocolatey and it is not overly sweet - which is why I think it needs the chocolate ganache topping. In terms of texture, it is somewhere between a carrot cake and a traditional sponge cake.
Chocolate zucchini cake is delicious the next day too, which makes it convenient in terms of advanced preparation for a tea party. However, the chocolate ganache topping will not do well in the fridge. It will lose its shine.
I found this recipe on www.theansweriscake.com, which is a wonderful site all about cake. We tried the original frosting, but found it just too sweet. So we used an alternative chocolate ganache topping.
Also, the original recipe makes an enormous 9x13 rectangular cake. We halved the recipe to make an 8 inch round cake, which was perfect for afternoon tea. You really do need a deep cake pan for this cake. The tin must be at least 2 inches deep, or the cake will overflow. The walnuts are optional - we chose to leave them out.
Level: Cake is easy
ganache is intermediate
Time: 1 hr to make and bake.
Allow 3 hrs total to serving time.
Serves 12 (small slices)
175g (1 cup) all-purpose (plain)
225g (1 cup) white sugar
40g (1/3 cup) unsweetened
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
175ml (3/4 cup) vegetable oil
225g (1 1/2 cups) grated zucchini
45g (1/3 cup) chopped walnuts
Suggested toppings: Chocolate ganache topping. I love it so much with this, that I've never tried it with anything else! You need 2 times the quantity of chocolate ganache topping to cover and fill this cake.
You can choose to use a different filling if you like, such as chocolate butter frosting with a little cream whipped in.
This cake is fabulous with fresh mint tea or a nice pot of Earl Grey. It is a fairly rich cake, and so we tend to have just cake and tea when we serve chocolate zucchini cake.
However, if it was part of a full afternoon tea spread, I would serve it with ham sandwiches, tomato sandwiches, buttermilk scones served with butter and cream and Earl Grey or English breakfast tea.