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November 22, 2015

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE WITH WARM CUSTARD SAUCE...JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!


The minute I can get my hands on zucchini, 
I start making this light and luscious cake. 
For years it was an often-ordered dessert at my sister's deli. 
~Peggy Linton, Cobourg, Ontario.
Taste of Home 


It's November.....

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and it's time to dig in to delicious recipes
for our holiday gatherings. This is an elegant cake to serve at your holiday table
with a warm custard sauce! It's the season to behold the best of the best and to.....


Give Thanks


CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE
WITH
WARM CUSTARD SAUCE
1-3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups finely shredded zucchini
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds



CUSTARD SAUCE
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups whole milk
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 10-in. plain or fluted tube pan. In another bowl, beat sugar, oil and butter until well blended. Gradually beat in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips and almonds.
Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool.

For sauce, in a large saucepan, mix sugar, flour and cornstarch. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Gently stir in butter and extract. Serve warm with cake. Cover and refrigerate leftover sauce. 



A rainy day and a sleepy puppy!

9 comments:

  1. OMGosh- That looks SOOOO good, Betsy. You just post the best recipes. I see you have tired your poor poochy out! lol xo Diana

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  2. Oh that warm custard sauce would be yummy, on many things. Not only this delicious cake. :-)

    For family Thanksgiving dinner, I have but 2 choices. An Apple Pie for the whole family, and a Pumpkin Pie, for one of my daughter's in law. :-)

    Tessa

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  3. That sounds delightful.

    Deanna

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  4. Betsy, It looks so tasty. You must be a great cook. I like how shiny your dog looks. LOL. What kind of dog is he? Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Hi Susie! This is Piper Rose, our daughter's dog...she is a black lab and is about 3 months old now. She's going to be a big girl....and, they are head over heels in love with her! Blessings for a happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Hello, yummy, I love a custard sauce on cakes it really is so much better then frosting in my opinion.
    I always laugh over the quote on your sidebar about those grapefruit diets LOL Give me dumpling too!
    Have you ever looked at my sidebar as I have a dumpling recipe that YOU would love!
    Love Ya sweet friend! Roxy

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  6. I bet your house smells delicious all the time!!!!!

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  7. Oh Lawd, does this ever look good!!! I could use a piece right now with my coffee. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  8. I have the same Susan Branch calendar that's in your picture! Cake looks yummy!

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