My almost four year old daughter has decided that vegetables are not to be eaten. To say that this is driving me insane would be an understatement! My husband and I model wonderful vegetable eating habits and are at a complete loss as to why our daughter has taken this stance (it has more to do with power plays rather than taste issues I think – she used to eat vegetables before). So I’ve decided to become a surreptitious hider of mashed and grated vegetables. I didn’t really want to go down this route and I am still determinedly adding visible vegetables to her meals, but this is now a declaration of war!
My first strategic strike is to tempt her with something she can’t resist. Hence, this chocolate zucchini cake. I’ve also added a Nutella frosting, which she also adores. A big thanks to Great Grub Delicious Treats blog for the cake recipe.
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 3/4 cups vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 cups grated zucchini (with skin on)
Mix together all of the wet ingredients in a mixer (sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla) until creamy and thick. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix together well. Stir through the grated zucchini.
Pour in to a prepared bundt or angel cake tin (mine was a bit small for the volume of cake mix) and bake in a moderate oven (180C/350F) for one hour. When a skewer comes out clean, it’s done.
Let it rest in the tin until completely cool before turning out.
- 100g unsalted butter @ room temperature
- 4 tblsp Nutella
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
In a mixer cream together the butter and the Nutella and then add in the sifted icing sugar. Spread on the cake.
The verdict? Miss Almost Four Years absolutely loved the ‘chocolate’ cake. I thought the little green specs through the cake would give the game away, but she didn’t even notice it. The battle was won…but the war continues. This cake is certainly yummy and perfectly moist. I’d recommend it for both fussy and non fussy eaters 😊