Saturday, January 17, 2009

sneaky chocolate cake.

i call this cake sneaky because it has two cups of zucchini in it. my mom has been making it for years and years in an attempt to make us kids eat our veggies. it's kind of pointless, because really there's nothing healthy about this cake at all. of course, that's what makes cake fun.

the grated zucchini adds a nice texture and keeps the cake moist. i've always just used powdered sugar to top it, but i bet this would be amazing coated with a nice glaze or drizzled with chocolate. mmm, chocolate.

sneaky chocolate cake

1/2 c plus 1 T vegan margarine
2 c sugar
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
egg replacer for 3 eggs (i use bob's red mill)
1/2 c vanilla almond milk or other milk sub
2 t vanilla
2 c coarsely grated, unpeeled zucchini (about 2-3)
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon

cream margarine, gradually adding sugar, beating until fluffy. beat in chocolate. add egg replacer, beat. beat in almond milk, vanilla, and zucchini.

in a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. add to creamed mixture, beat well.

pour batter into a 10-inch bundt pan. bake at 350 F for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. cool in pan 10-15 minutes before removing. dust with powdered sugar.

oh, and i'd like to share some pictures my friend took. we recently spent a day in fort worth at sundance square and the modern art museum. the building itself is a work of art, it's incredible.

drinking black coffee... obviously

lovely. :)


VeggieGirl said...

Loooove the sneaky vegetable cake :-D

Gorgeous art!!

Anonymous said...

I love sneaking veggies into baked goods!

Beautiful artwork, that must have been amazing in person!

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Kiki said...

Mmm, chocolate zucchini bread sounds amazing! Beautiful artwork.

VeganCowGirl said...

The cake looks great! I am going to give it a try. Great photos!

Squill said...

Wow, that building looks so impressive from the outside. Such a sleek design!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Yeah, I also find that baked goods with zucchini in them are a lot fluffier! and the cake looks great!

Lauren said...

ooh! zucchini in chocolate cake..wonderful idea! i've been trying to cook with zucchini soo much lately, so that sounds like a great way to! :)
i love your pictures too! very beautiful :)

Amey said...

wow! cool pictures! I love those metal trees. They are so beautiful.

Burp~! said...

wow, I would never have guessed from the pic that there's actually zucchini in that luscious cake! have you ever tried the ones with BEETS? those are great too!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

I LOVE ZUCCHINI! Zucchini cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. are the bessssst! Your cake looks so delicious.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I don't think that I have ever had zuchinni.. I don't think that it easily found here in Brazil! Would it be possible to put squash in instead?
And I love teh pictures! is that a metal tree or are my eyes just not seeing well?? haha

Gina said...

That art is so cool.

Yummmy cake with zucchini :)

Vegetation said...

Mmmm love the cake! And the museum is incredible!

Kelly said...

Zucchini based baked goods are fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!

DJ Karma said...

Great idea with the zucchini- glad to have found your blog!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

gorgeous presentation on your cake!

Erin said...

delishhh looking!!
and "healthy" too


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Yum times 5000!

pixiepine said...

I love that museum!!

miss v said...

i love zucchini in my sweet treats - i have a zucchini pie i make. and of course, zucchini bread rocks.

River said...

How could I have missed this post? Google reader has been doing a really bad job lately.

Your cake is lovely! What a beautiful picture with the strawberries and the snowy-like sugar.

Those trees are amazing! Gorgeous pictures!

Anonymous said...

Wow that building's fascinating.

I love your outfit- you're so cute!

nora said...

thanks! i just looked through some of your recent posts, and everything looks delicious as well! a couple of weeks ago my sister and i made chocolate zucchini bread, which i guess is like a delusional way of saying chocolate cake with zucchini...but whatever, it made us feel better haha. i added you to my blogroll so i'll be checking in soon! nice to "meet" you lol

Anonymous said...

Putting zucchini in chocolate cake is very sneaky indeed! >;o)
I love the pictures of the metal trees ~ WOW!

Anonymous said...

Wow this cake looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm.. chocolate!! I love the idea!

Bethany said...

I love anything in bundt form. chocolate and zucchini together sounds great because zucchini bread is amazing.

I love the pic of those metal trees, they look like they are magnetically attracted to each other. very cool.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! That looks like a great place.
Love the "sneaky" cake. My mum used to make stuff like that for us when we were little to try & get us to be "healthier" it!

Sharon said...

Wow, love the pictures! And that is one delicious chocolate cake, super sneaky, but perfect!

Kelly said...

Those metal trees are gorgeous. I love the idea of something so typically organic made out of something cold and hard.

Nice job with the cake as well. Healthy or not it looks mouthwatering. :-)

Anonymous said...

alaina i wish you blogged more often i'm getting withdrawals!! :') thanks for the sweet comment you left me xxxx

¡Yo Soy Liz! said...

i've been meaning to make a zucchini dessert for a while now. this recipe looks great!

Laci said...

Beautiful art, photos and fantastic cake!

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Shelly said...

yes! chocolate and zucchini is a surprisingly good combination.. :)

Liz² said...

I just found your blog, I like the sneaky mix of adding art and music into foodiness - just like sneaking zucchini into a cake to make it moist! I've yet to try zucchini and chocolate, methinks I should, after seeing your recipe.

Anonymous said...

The sneaky chocolate cake looks divine!
I'm so glad I came across your blog, wonderful pictures! And that building IS a work of art, wow.

the twins said...

that cake looks great, and so do the pictures!

Tina said...

Haha, I love your blog-name (banana lover in tha house) and your obsession with coffee, I must admit, photos with coffee do look badass.


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