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Monday, August 5, 2013

Death by Chocolate Gluten Free Zucchini Cake

It's summer time and that means loads and loads of cucumbers that we devour in humongous salads every night (although they say cucumber is no good at night time... we don't have any problems with it), but it also means lots and lots of zucchinis. We love it grilled, added into soups, creams, traditional zucchini breads with nuts and cinnamon... but I also wanted to add it into a chocolate cake (of course, we all know that everything is better with chocolate, and cheese too... LOL), and since I am in gluten free mode, I wanted to make it gluten free too! and let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised... it turned out super moist, and chocolatey.

 
Here is what you'll need for the cake:
 
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
1 teaspoon gluten free baking soda
1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs room temperature
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 1/2 cups Gluten Free All purpose flour
3/4 cup raw dark cocoa
 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 12 ounces)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
 
 
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with parchment paper.
 
In a bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, coconut oil, sugar, vanilla.
Beat in the eggs.
Stir in the yogurt, incorporate the dry mixture, mixing till smooth. Finally, fold in the zucchini and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
 
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
 
Let cool completely on rack before cutting.
 
 
Chocolate Ganache Topping
 
This is so ridiculously simple (only two ingredients) yet soooo good, that I feel bad when people tell me that it's so good that probably I don't want to share the recipe... and of course I don't have the heart to say no... LOL
 
6 oz heavy cream
9 oz chocolate chips
 
Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Wait 3-5 minutes then stir to combine. It won't be too hot, so pour over cake and smooth with spatula. Allow frosting to set for about 30 minutes before serving… if you can, that is...
Spatula licking optional, but highly recommended!!!
 
 
It's incredibly good and hard to believe that it's gluten free...
enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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