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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

I came across this recipe one day on Dara & Co.  I admit that I am guilty of sneaking a peak of our food editor's blog at work some days.

Marie Flanagan - more commonly known as Reetsyburger in the food blogging world - is the mastermind behind this post and recipe.  You can bet your bottom dollar that any recipe posted on Dara & Co., no less from Ms. Flanagan herself, is going to be lip-smackin' good.

And who doesn't love a good zucchini bread?  Especially with chocolate.

Do not be fooled, though.  This chocolate zucchini bundt is no bread.  It's a full-on rich and decadent chocolate cake.  I did still have it for breakfast, though, even with the chocolate icing.

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake, from Dara & Co., complements of Marie Flanagan

3 C shredded zucchini
2 C all-purpose flour
1 C unsweetened cocoa
2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
Dash of salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1 C Canola oil
1 C sugar
1 C packed brown sugar
4 eggs
2 t vanilla extract
1 package dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350, grease your bundt pan, and grate 3 C zucchini.

Combine your sugars, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy.

Next beat in your eggs.

Fold in your grated zucchini with a spatula.

In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, dash of salt, and cinnamon.  Add your dry mixture to your wet mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.

Bake for 50-65 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Now that is one perfect bundt, but it's missing that special something...



Marie didn't frost hers, but I say, What's chocolate cake without icing?!

Chocolate Supreme Icing

4 T cocoa
6 T milk
1 stick butter
3 C powdered sugar
1 t vanilla

Bring cocoa, milk, and butter to a boil.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.  Drizzle over cake.

Yum, yum, yum.  Rich and chocolately goodness!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

3 days and a whole lot of desserts

A few weeks ago I was hired as the official "caterer / baker" for a recruitment event that my sorority held.  What started as a highly organized and well-planned assignment soon turned to total chaos.  Maybe not total chaos - nothing earth-shattering happened - but I was definitely in for a long and labor-intensive few days in the kitchen.

I can't pretend I didn't love it, though.  As I was driving to deliver the final product, I thought to myself, If only this could be my full-time job.  Perhaps one day.

Three days and all the space my parents have in their kitchen and dining room finally resulted in a variety of three adorable desserts: 200 chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies, 100 mini red velvet cupcakes, and 100 fruit pizzas.

Ooh mama - now that's a lotta work!  But it was worth it; from what I hear the desserts were a success!

Keep in mind, if you ever need desserts for a special occasion I'll give you a great deal!



P.S. Stay tuned - I'll have recipes posted soon!