Our garden produced it’s first fruits while we were away last week.
Two, to be exact. We came home to our first zucchini of the season…. and one cucumber. The cucumber went directly into our salad that evening for dinner, but the zucchini was destined for sweeter things. I love using zucchini in savory dishes like this Pasta with Roasted Squash and Ricotta Salata or this Roasted Vegetable Pasta. But I knew as soon as I saw it that I would be making Chocolate Turtle Zucchini Cake.
I haven’t found my perfect go to classic chocolate cake yet. Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake has been floating me for the past few years, but doesn’t work well for me in larger pans or for cupcakes. I do love my newly discovered Chocolate Stout Cake and I’ve used that for layer cakes as well as Chocolate Stout Cupcakes filled with Irish Cream. But I’m still working on my all time “go to” chocolate cake that will work in all sizes and shapes. Back in 2009, during my search for the perfect chocolate cake, I came upon this zucchini cake.
Now, this won’t solve for my perfect classic chocolate cake recipe, but it’s definitely one delicious chocolate cake…of the zucchini variety. It is so moist, so chocolatey… and the addition of the toasted pecans and chocolate chips really take it to another level. Except when you pour on 10 Minute Buttermilk Caramel Sauce. Then… it’s over. Drop the mike. This is chocolate caramel nutty cakey heaven.
You’ll forget that it has zucchini in it, which my kids actually think is cool. You’ll forget that it’s been lightened up with some applesauce. You’ll forget that it’s just a simple sheet cake with basic ingredients, because you’ll be too busy enjoying the warm, buttery caramel sauce that’s melting the mini chips and coating the toasted pecans, then running over the chocolate cake that’s ready to soak it all up.
Okay, so we’ve established that you must make this Chocolate Turtle Zucchini Cake. You must. There’s going to be plenty of zucchini around this summer whether it’s from your garden, your neighbor’s or your grocery store, so you’ll have no excuse. And it’s another place you can use up the buttermilk you bought to make 10 Minute Buttermilk Caramel Sauce which, of course, is absolutely MANDATORY on top of this cake. It is a Chocolate Turtle Zucchini Cake after all…
Wait! Did I drop the mike? Let me pick it back up again and suggest a scoop of your favorite ice cream to go with that chocolatey cake and the pool of buttery caramel sauce….I know, I know…we’re so far out of veggie healthy land now, we might never make it back.
Follow the trail of caramel sauce…
I’m sure you’ll find some shredded zucchini somewhere ;)