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Moist Chocolate & Zucchini Cake

Chocolate & Zucchini Cake

I‘m sooo excited about Christmas this year!

Having a 3.5 year-old in the house definitely helps. Then there’s the fact that I get to deep fry a turkey.

And I’m not pregnant so there’s Champagne in my future. Actually there’s already a bottle of Pol Roger in my fridge. Yay!

To celebrate my last blog post of the year I bring you cake.

Not just any old cake. A super moist chocolate cake (which also happens to have vegetables and won’t spike your blood sugar – but no need to mention these things, especially if you have a 3.5 year-old in the house).

I also have a request…

I’m looking for recipe testers for my new baking book that I’m working on. If you’re interested in sugar-free / low carb / gluten-free treats and you wouldn’t mind doing some baking over the next few months, I’d love your help!

Either leave a comment below or email me (jules@thestonesoup.com) to volunteer your best baking services.

There will be a little surprise thank you bonus to everyone who helps out.
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Chocolate & Zucchini Cake!

Moist Chocolate & Zucchini Cake

One of the first food blogs I ever discovered was Chocolate & Zucchini by my lovely Parisian mate Clotilde. I’m still a huge fan and I just love the idea of combining two seemingly opposite ingredients to make a cake that ticks all the right boxes.

I’ve used pure stevia powder to sweeten but see the variations below if you’d prefer to use something else.

makes: 1 loaf
takes: about 60 minutes

150g (5oz) unsalted butter
200g (7oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids or higher)
300g (10) zucchini, grated
4 eggs
250g (9oz) almond meal
1/4t pure stevia powder (see note below)*
2 teaspoons baking powder

1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) fan assisted. Line a loaf pan 24cm x 12cm (approx 9.5in x 5in) with baking paper.

2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate. Stand to allow the chocolate to melt.

3. Meanwhile, grate zucchini using your food processor or a box grater. When the chocolate has melted add to the grated zucchini then add the eggs, almond meal, stevia and baking powder. Mix with a spoon until just combined.

4. Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf feels springy when you touch it. And a skewer inserted into the middle come out without any gooey cake stuck to it.

5. Cool in the pan then slice and serve (preferably with lashings of double cream).

Variations

important note about stevia! – there are two types of stevia:
1. Pure stevia powder (not an affiliate link) which looks like icing (powdered / confectioners) sugar. It’s expensive but a tiny amount goes a long long way. We’re talking 1/4 teaspoon to sweeten a whole cake.
2. Granular stevia like Natvia or Truvia which looks like regular white sugar. It’s a blend of erythritol and stevia.
I’ve used the pure powder in this recipe but if you wanted to use granular stevia you would need 4-6 tablespoons (add to taste).

sugar lovers – replace stevia with 75g (3oz) caster sugar (superfine). If you have a super sweet tooth you might need more – taste and add as needed.

no stevia – use you favourite sweetener… Honey, maple syrup or white sugar! Just add and taste until you’re happy with the sweetness level. If I didn’t have diabetes I’d totally be making it with brown sugar.

dairy-free – coconut oil.

nut-free – you could try replacing the almond meal with regular flour, I haven’t tried this but start with 125g (4.5oz) plain (all purpose) flour.

no fan assist on your oven? – increase the set temp to 200C (400F). Check after 35 minutes just to be sure.

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Thank YOU so much for reading Stonesoup this year! I really appreciate it.

I hope you and your loved ones have a really lovely Christmas.

Looking forward to sharing lots of deliciousness in the new year.

With love,
Jules x

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  • Mady 21 December, 2016, 2:45 am

    Ooh! I volunteer as tester! I love your blog :)

  • Nehad 21 December, 2016, 6:22 am

    Would be delighted to volunteer!.. count me in :)

    • Natalie 22 December, 2016, 10:06 am

      I would love to be a tester. It’s so hard to find or create healthy baked goods which are low sodium and low carb (which my husband needs for medical reasons). The recipe above is perfect. Count me in, too.

      Thanks! Natalie

  • Gabriela 21 December, 2016, 7:25 am

    I would love to do some low-carb baking!

  • Michelle Sweeney 21 December, 2016, 8:09 am

    I would love to volunteer! I love to bake, I am retired and have access to all sorts of food stores, but I do live in NY. Hope that is not a problem! My husband and I are avid recreational triathletes who love to eat, so the option to bake healthier is always a good thing!

  • Marjorie 21 December, 2016, 8:10 am

    I’d like to volunteer to test recipes for your new book — it’s right up my alley with how we eat. We really appreciate your recipes! Happy New Year.

  • Lisa 21 December, 2016, 8:12 am

    I would like to be a recipe tester!

  • Heather in Oregon 21 December, 2016, 8:14 am

    I would love to be one of your baking testers. For a variety of reasons I have to be low carb for life and I’m just now really figuring things out a little bit and would love an excuse to keep learning more.

  • Eleanor 21 December, 2016, 8:19 am

    I would love to be a tester! We have just found out that my husband is coeliac and need some baked goodies to cheer us up!

  • Donna 21 December, 2016, 9:12 am

    I see you already have lots of testers so I will just say since I found your website and recipes I don’t cook any other way. Whatever ingredient that I want to use, ie.cabbage, I just do a search on your website and always find a way to use it for dinner. Can’t imagine why I would ever use more than 5 ingredients again.
    Cooking is something I now enjoy. I am really grateful for your substitutions as well.
    Thank you for all the work you do for us.

  • Meghan 21 December, 2016, 9:57 am

    I would love to be a tester – specially with gluten free recipes!!

  • Jenny 21 December, 2016, 11:04 am

    I really, really want to help you taste-test your recipes!

  • Mira Culham 21 December, 2016, 11:24 am

    I would be so pleased to test your recipes. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Rachel M 21 December, 2016, 11:29 am

    It seems that you have a lot of tester volunteers, but I would love to try some gluten free recipes. My 20 something niece is currently living with me, about year and 1/2 now. she has celiac disease. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at gluten free baking for her and haven’t yet. Thank you for sharing your recipes and life :) with us all. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season ~from California

  • Gail Plaskiewicz 21 December, 2016, 1:19 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. You must be so excited for Christmas with 2 children in your house. My mom would have to be the taster though because I can’t eat sweets being a super taster but I see you have a ton of tasters already. I think we’ve had this cake before but my cousin, who is now in FL with his dad, is a diabetic. He might actually like this cake. I’ll have to make it for him.

  • Samantha Jewett 21 December, 2016, 1:23 pm

    Would love to be a tester! Thanks!

  • michelle 21 December, 2016, 3:27 pm

    me…me…me…

  • Hannelene 21 December, 2016, 8:16 pm

    I’d love to do some more gluten free baking, so if you still need testers count me in! My husband is gluten intolerant and it has been a steep learning curve for us, but ultimately I think our whole family eats better now.

  • Hannah 22 December, 2016, 12:32 am

    Ive been gluten free for 12 years now and trying to cut down my sugar intake. Would love to recipe test for you!

  • Karen 22 December, 2016, 1:45 am

    I would love to be a tester ! Love your website and books. I am really interested in low carb and especially sugar free baking, and have been using Xylitol as a substitute for sugar here in the Netherlands, as I find stevia leaves an unpleasant after taste. Do you have any thoughts on Xylitol it’s supposed to have a low GL value? Have a smashing Christmas !

  • Catherine 22 December, 2016, 3:46 am

    If you still want testers, please count me in. I’ve followed your blog and used your recipes for ages but recently discovered I have to eat dairy and gluten free. So going 100% GF & DF is the New Year’s resolution.
    Where we live is higher than average altitude, so I can offer a higher altitude kitchen for testing purposes. (Not sure if that is a consideration for GF baking like it is for regular)

  • Megan In Brisbane 22 December, 2016, 6:51 am

    Hey Jules, would love to test bake for you and also have 2 taste testers. 1 very fussy 11 year old boy and 1 eat anything 13 year old boy. cheers megan

  • Dorothy Karman 22 December, 2016, 9:57 am

    Since becoming diabetic late last year I am struggling a bit with my diet, so would be interested in test baking some recipes for you, especially if they were suitable for type 2 diabetics. Thank you for your great recipes. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Ruby & Cake 22 December, 2016, 2:54 pm

    This is just like a cake my mum used to make when I was a child! What a delicious recipe. Hope you and your family have a truly magical christmas and thank you for all your gorgeous recipes this year.

  • Alisa 22 December, 2016, 5:32 pm

    Although i not good Cook but i will try this once, Your recipes seems really easy :)

  • Alayna Peters 27 December, 2016, 8:47 am

    Yes! Absolutely! This is just what I was going to be experimenting with the next few months any way!!! I own almost all of your books and LOVE your site, by the way! :D

  • Sonja Jimenez 27 December, 2016, 3:27 pm

    I would love to be a tester. I have a future daughter in law that is extremely glutton allergic and my husband and I are training for our first marathon so I am looking for better ways to eat. We both work so it will be interesting to see how easy they are for busy everyday families.

  • Caroline 27 December, 2016, 9:22 pm

    Would love to help with some testing!! Awaiting results on being insulin resistant so need to start being good (and smart!) with my foods.

  • Tania 31 December, 2016, 1:23 am

    I would love to volunteer… but I will have limited time. Would I be useful as a volunteer if I can only bake once every two weeks (on the weekend, basically)?

  • Christine @ Yum and in Love 2 January, 2017, 4:01 am

    I will definitely be trying this cake! I have to say, I’m intrigued!

  • Martina 2 January, 2017, 10:01 am

    I would love to test for you. I love baking and try to reduce sugar. There are lots of willing consumers of my results at work ( read taste testers ) Seems you have a lot of offers but if you need more count me in.

  • Bill from New Zealand 8 January, 2017, 2:06 pm

    You omitted to mention another “kind” of stevia: namely, the dried leaves of the actual herb, which are stupid-easy to grow and which last for months if not longer in a little bottle on your spice rack! I burned out my sweet-loving brain circuits a few years ago, but when sweetness is called for, stevia is the answer (not sugar).
    Bill

    • jules 17 January, 2017, 2:15 pm

      Yes Bill!
      I grew stevia a few years ago – I need to give it another try. I’m curious about how you burned out your sweet-loving brain circuits?

  • Agness of Run Agness Run 9 January, 2017, 10:20 pm

    Great combination of healthy and delicious! I will try this recipe as soon as possible!

    • jules 17 January, 2017, 2:14 pm

      Hope you enjoy it Agness!

  • Stian Follestad 18 January, 2017, 5:14 am

    I’d love to volunteer as a tester. My 4YO loves to bake and cook with her Daddy! (Me)

  • Jenny 18 January, 2017, 9:35 pm

    If I have not seined up allready, then I am in.

  • Bonnie 30 January, 2017, 9:48 am

    If I use liquid stevia, what amount would I need to use?

  • Charmaine 8 February, 2017, 7:45 am

    Yes please! I would love to be a recipe tester :)

  • Betty McGrath 8 February, 2017, 12:08 pm

    Thanks Jules.Would love to be a tester .As a substitute for sugar, we use Dextrose,…sugar with the Fructose taken out. Much healthier.

    • jules 16 February, 2017, 5:36 am

      I’m afraid dextrose is even worse than sugar if you have diabetes like me Betty!
      But if its working for you thats great :)

  • Patsy 23 April, 2017, 5:03 pm

    If it’s not too late and there”s still a call for testers, I would love to do some testing. Might encourage me to do more cooking g and baking.

    • jules 27 April, 2017, 1:08 pm

      Thanks Patsy! I’m afraid the book is pretty much finished… will totally let you know when I’m up to volume 2!

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