Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Zucchini Snack Cake

Today is my daughter Zaylee's third birthday. Happy birthday, Zaylee!

We're having her actual party, with the official cake and ice cream, on Thursday because it worked out more conveniently for us. But we wanted to have a little celebration today to commemorate the day our little sweetie was born. So I made this little cake with a zucchini we had sitting in the fridge.

I altered a recipe for Zucchini Bars/Cake from Real Mom Kitchen - the original recipe was for a whole sheet cake, and I just wanted a little cake. So I decreased all the ingredients and here's what I came up with.

Zucchini Snack Cake
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup grated zucchini
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Dash pepper (optional)

Combine ingredients in order given. Pour into greased 8-inch square pan. Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan for a few minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling. Top with cream cheese frosting, or powdered sugar for a more vintage feel. I decided to go with powdered sugar because I've been eating way too many calories lately, and didn't want to go overboard - the real party with the calorie-rich frosted cake is only in two days anyway!

This was a tasty little cake - soft and fluffy, not too sweet or too spicy. This would be a great anytime cake, because it's small and nutritious, but still sweet enough to satisfy cravings.


Jen said...

Aww. Happy Birthday to your baby!! Today is my nephew's birthday (5) and my friend had her baby this morning. :)

~Priscilla~ said...

happy b-day to your little girl! zuchinii cake looks good.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Stephanie that looks as good as Christys Apple Orchard Snack Cake. Those are my favorite kinds of cakes. Happy Birthday Zalylee she is as beautiful as her name is. Ü

another recipe to try.

Michelle said...

I just want to eat the powdered sugar off the top... :-) I am sure this tastes better than her 1st birthday cake! *wink* Save us some cake for Saturday! (we wanted to spend more time up there, so that's when we'll come up. Plus Mark has to be up at 6:00 on Friday, and you know we never leave before 10 pm...)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow zucchini snack cake something new and looks devine. Happy b'day to your baby. She is cute.

Meg said...

Wow...that looks delicious and I can get my veggies while enjoying sweet snack.

isabella said...

Hi Steph! nice to see your blog I a mom of too as well. If you like you can try my recipes too I linked to my blog. You can use the translator o you can ask me for the translation

Rebekah said...

Happy birthday to your cutie!!

This looks so yummy! I always have zucchini in my fridge and this is a perfect way to get my picky eaters to eat it up!!! And it's the perfect size!!!

Maria said...

Looks like the perfect snack and bday treat!

ARLENE said...

Z is a princess; how adorable! I must confess I do not eat zucchini in any form, though your cake looks light and airy.

The P & A Food Chronicles said...

that carrot cake looks very tasty!!!