Zucchini Cake

I feel so utterly boring lately! I think I'm waiting for life to re-start after my America trip, right now I'm only looking forward to that. It was St. Patrick's day yesterday, I find it hilarious how other countries seem to celebrate the day more than Ireland does. I just stayed at home and snuggled my cat, every time I venture outside the house in the evening of St. Paddy's day it ends in disaster. Drunken idiots and vomiting and lurid green hats and compulsory Guinness and and many, many off key renditions of Amhrán na bhFiann, which sadly I know all the words to, and have been forced to join in on before. I know quite a few Irish songs, and as I studied it for 13 years I know how to speak it quite well also.
Inadvertently, there are three faces in this picture! How great. The girl on the left is my favourite picture in the world, it reminds me of an incomparable and very short time in my life. It's totally yellowed and see-through at this point, as it's som a newspaper and it's three years old, but I plan to keep it forever.
You can find this on Lookbook HERE.



I made these two cakes because it was my mother's birthday today. One is a carrot cake with cream cheese icing (no prizes for guessing which one) and the other is a chocolate zucchini. The dinner was very simple, just an asparagus soup and some gluten free crostini. A reader asked me to post my recipe for chocolate zucchini cake, so here it is below!



CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE (gluten-free)
(You can make this vegan if you substitute the milk and butter for the soy equivalents, and the eggs for 1 cup of applesauce and 1/2 cup of melted soy butter.)

2 1/2 cups of rice flour
2 cups grated zucchini

2 cups brown sugar

3 eggs

3/4 cup soft butter

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon orange peel
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1 cup of chopped walnuts


Heat the oven to 180 celcius. In a small frying pan, toast the walnuts until they are browned, then chop roughly. Mix together the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and the butter. Add the eggs and blend well, then stir in the peel, vanilla and zucchini gently. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients, adding the milk and walnuts last. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 10 inch loose-bottomed cake tin, and bake for 45 minutes, or until a chopstick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Only attempt to remove the cake when it is cooled completely, then ice it, glaze it, or eat it as is! (I make it with chocolate fudge icing.)

32 comments

  1. such a good photo- as always.
    the picture of the cake is making me so hungry!
    beeble x

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  2. Really beautiful!
    x amber

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  3. Your photos are wonderful!!congratulations!
    I love your blog!!
    XOXO
    http://dreams-roses-iirene.blogspot.com

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  4. Unbelievably beautiful - one of my favorites

    Celine
    flnw.blogspot.com

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  5. this cake with red heart look delicious :)

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  6. It was my birthday yesterday! Good old St. Patricks Day. I used to do Irish dancing so went round pubs to dance and raise money for my dance school on my birthday :) Good times.
    Love that look, amazing.

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  7. my god... you are a doll!
    wonderful look and... yummy cakes! :D

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  8. Your figure is amazing, your so pretty, and that dress is gothic and pretty. j'adore.

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  9. mm both cakes look delish! also am jealous of your long legs <3

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  10. mmmm at the cakes! and wow at the pic.. you look lovely ;-)

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  11. How interesting...a zucchini cake! :P
    I hope your mother has a lovely bday and i love your dress.

    satinsugar.blogspot.com

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  12. I'll have to give this recipe a try. I used your faux-muffin recipe to make apricot and apple muffins, and they turned out deliciously...which makes me immensely happy because I haven't had muffins since I went gluten-free, and I missed them terribly.

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  13. Wow, that's so thoughtful of you for putting the little side note about making the cake vegan! I just might make it now! I love zucchini cake but I've never had a chocolate one before! =)
    Btw, Love the photos of your outfit & the cakes. The cakes look soo good! haha

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  14. I really like like you use underwear as outfit.

    Make up remind me of gorgeous version of Morticia from Adam's Family^^

    I will try to make this cake-looks yummy

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  15. Love the look, any chance of a makeup close-up? Weird, I'd never think of putting zucchini in a cake! Does it provide any particular flavour? I must try this out...oh and is it OK to ask how you make your chocolate fudge topping? I haven't eaten fudge in YEARS! Happy Birthday to your mum =)

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  16. Those cakes are looking mighty good. Mmm.

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  17. I love the dress,
    and the two cakes look so delicious!!
    :D:D
    you are so cool

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  18. thanks for the recipe! i'll make it for my teacher who has celiac disease :D

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  19. I fucking LOVE zucchini cake, and I love that you post recipes so often. It inspires me to get off my lazy ass and go bake something.

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  20. that dress is just AMAZING love the peplum style with a bustier style top its just the perfect dress.. must head over to lookbook to see where its from! xo

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  21. beautiful food, beautiful woman, you!

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  22. is that the sonia bra from h&m?


    you've styled it well, looks lovely!!!

    http://aforteforfashion.blogspot.com

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  23. Wow, you're not just fabulously dressed but you also bake fabulous dishes :D How cool is that?

    The picture is absolutely amazing, I love your make up!

    have a fun day!

    kiss

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  24. Oh now! Le macquillage in this post is quite something. x

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  25. your cakes look amazing!!!!
    bravo....

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  26. GOR-GE-OUSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
    wAouH.
    <3

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  27. OMGG

    where is this dress heels from??

    GORGEOUS!!

    Char x

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  28. Nice Blog and BEAutiful dress! I might ask though what is sad about knowing the national anthem of Ireland? Is our anthem supposed to be something we're ashamed of?

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