[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] I[/dropcap]’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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer your best baking services.
There will be a little surprise thank you bonus to everyone who helps out.
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
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).
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.
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.
ps. See also:16 Tasty Ideas for Zucchini.