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Chocolate Zucchini Cake and Beer

December 12, 2010

Christmas shopping is hard now.  When The Teenagers were little it was so much fun.

Now they want things I don’t know how to buy.  Stuff you plug-in.  Stuff that comes in different models, levels, series and you better get it right because it won’t work with last years crappy stuff.

Worst of all, its stuff that’s not cute or pink and it doesn’t match.

Lucky for me there was a pub in the mall.  After scoring a sad three items for their stockings Steve and I decided to stop for some lunch.

Luckily he can still drink beer with his right hand

14 more days to shop for Christmas stuff.    Wish me luck.

Have you ever nearly finished a recipe only to realize you were missing a key ingredient?   I went to the almost empty can of cocoa powder and tossed an f bomb.

I scrape out 1/2 a cup.  I needed 1 whole cup.  I was desperate and searched the cupboards for anything chocolate.  That’s where the hot chocolate comes in.  Next time I will still use the cocoa powder because cocoa is good, but the hot chocolate saved my cake and for that, I am grateful.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup hot chocolate powder (I used low sugar)

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup olive oil (I like to use both because olive oil can be heavy)

1 cup  baking stevia (or splenda or white sugar)

1 cup packed brown sugar

4 eggs (can use 2 eggs and 4 egg whites)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped nuts (I did not add any but I recommend chocolate chips)

3 cups grated zucchini (squeeze as much of the liquid out as possible)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl add sugars, oils, eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.   Add zucchini and chocolate chips or nuts and stir again.

Pour onto parchment lined baking tins of choice and cook just until center is firm.   Mine took about 30 min.

So, do you like the corner piece?

Or the middle piece?

I measure the success of my baking by the amount of time it spends in the Tupperware container.   Lets just say it was a very short visit for this cake!

How is Christmas shopping going for you this year?

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