Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

1 year ago – “Pumpkin Spice Syrup”

 Welllll….Vegan MoFo for 2013 has sadly come and gone.  But wait!  There’s still more fun to come on Canned-Time.com ♥

In October, my recipes will be highlighting the nutrition and scrumptiousness of the ‘ole Cucurbite or squash family.

Up first, not your boring sliced Zucchini with pasta here……….

Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake with a silky melted chocolate cherry cream sauce - From Canned-Time.com

For when you just have to indulge.

Or just to impress the guests….
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Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Moist and creamy all in one bite. This Chocolate Cherry cake gets it's texture from grated Zucchini that will keep each bite tender and gooey. Serve with fresh fruit, a glass of nut milk or just grab a piece and go.
Ingredients
  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups grated zucchini + juice
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa (use natural unsweetened cocoa, NOT Dutch processed)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ cups organic granulated white sugar
  • 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tbs. ground flax mixed with 4 Tbs. water)
  • ¾ cup Vegan butter, melted (like Earth Balance brand)
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee or coffee substitute granules
  • ½ teaspoon Liquid Cherry Stevia from NuNaturals or ¼ cup Cherry juice
Instructions
  1. Grate the zucchini and allow it to drain excess moisture in a strainer while you mix up the batter.
  2. For the cake:
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients (except for zucchini)
  5. Pour the wet into the dry bowl and stir. Pour everything into a food processor or mixing bowl and blend on high until the batter is smooth. Add in the zucchini and blend again for 1 minute. Add in a small amount of the zucchini water if needed to create a wet batter that will stick to the back of a spoon.
  6. Line an 8 inch loaf pan with parchment paper or spray to prevent sticking. Pour in the chocolate batter and smooth evenly in the pan.
  7. Bake the loaf in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center springs back with a light touch. Cool the cake on a rack before removing from the loaf pan to serve.
  8. Keep cake wrapped in the refrigerator or freeze for long term storage.
Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake with a silky melted chocolate cherry cream sauce - From Canned-Time.com
The winner of the Kathy Hester “Vegan Slow Cooking For Two – or – Just For You” giveaway is Erin Neu ;)
Enjoy!
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11 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Its plenty moist. I actually cooked mine in a loaf pan inside my 7 quart slow cooker for 2 hours and it was still perfectly textured. I’m not sure what pears would do but it sounds delicious and would probably add a little more sweetness. This one isn’t overly sweet cause I didn’t know how much cherry flavor the NuNatural’s Stevia would give it but its fine. Would be great with vanilla ice cream…duh!!

      1. narf77

        Can’t get that stevia here, only that powdered mix of stevia and sugar that I am loath to attempt. I will stick with my date paste and syrup and with trying to use sweet fruits and veggies to inject that soupçon hint of sweet that does these gorgeous cakes justice. I could always just slather it with chocolate coconut cream ganache! Now THERE’S an idea! ;)

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