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A Pumped Up Zucchini and a Glorious Cake Mistake


I didn’t know it until this blog, but apparently I am a bundt person.  This blog is really helping me to get to know myself better and to my surprise I love big bundts.  Pun intended.  Sorry!

It all started with this pumped up Zucchini.  Remember Hans and Franz who Pumped You Up on SNL in the 80’s? No? Then you are too young.  Ah well, you missed out.  Back to the Zucchini…it was grown in my mother’s front yard (and not on steroids I might add) along with a plethora of other equally magnificent veggies.

I am trying to grow some of my own vegetables in the backyard, and I am having a tiny bit of success.  When a cucumber cake makes this blog, you will know that my garden has really hit the big times.

My mother has given me a truck load of zucchinis in the last few weeks, and I have recently made Israeli Couscous stuffed zucchini,  zucchini bread and many savory zucchini dishes.  I was craving something sweet for this Zucchini though.  What a shocker!

After web surfing, I found exactly what I was looking for on David Lebovitz’s site in the form of a luscious looking bundt cake.  It called for a crunchy lemon glaze, but I only had home grown oranges…poor me…I know how sad.  Sarcasm just isn’t the same on paper screen.  I used the oranges for juice and zest in place of the lemons. I also decided to skip the crunchiness of the glaze and thus relied solely on powdered sugar. I thought that sounded better, and I’m the queen here so what the heck.

Everything about this cake turned out perfectly!  The cake is beautifully soft, moist,  and light TASTING…not light calorically, I am never here on a health rampage I’m afraid.

I was running late for work this morning since I had been baking this cake….bad, bad excuse…sorry boss man, and therefore I poured the glaze on while the cake was STILL HOT!I knew that was a big mistake, but I simply did not have time for the shannanegins of waiting patiently for it to cool properly.

I decided to jump in with both feet and poured it over, decorated it for you all, my faithful followers (all 10 of you or so…), and ran out the door with it to bestow on my lucky co-workers and boss (had to bribe the boss with my cake…this was a “Sorry I’m late” cake).

As expected, much of the glaze ran right off the cake and puddled on the plate, in the center, around the sides–it puddled everywhere. Then something absolutely WONDERFUL happened by accident! While I traveled with it in tow, the cake soaked in this glorious citrus sugary puddle and the bottom became down right decadent…a little crispy from the sugar, and yet sweetly soggy with the orange juice all at the same time! YUM, YUM, YUM. I will absolutely cause this accident to happen again on the next run, but accidentally on purpose I might add.

I hope you make it and enjoy it even if you don’t have a pumped up Zucchini on steroids. 🙂

Zucchini Cake
From: David Lebovitz (Recipe has been minorly altered…click on Zucchini Cake link for actual recipe)
1 cup (135g) almonds, pecans, or walnuts, toasted
2 cups (280g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 (350g) cups sugar
1 cup (250ml) extra-virgin olive oil (I used 1/2 c. canola oil and 1/2 c. olive oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (300g) finely grated zucchini (about 3-4 medium zucchini)
2 tsp. freshly grated orange zest

Geni’s Orange Glaze
adapted from David Lebovitz’s Lemon Glaze
1/4. juice from a freshly squeezed orange (more if needed for consistency)
1  1/3c. sifted powdered sugar
orange slices and grated orange zest for garnishment (I also used sliced zucchini)

Cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray coat a bundt pan and flour it as well, making sure to cover entire surface by tapping flour around the pan and eventually discarding excess flour into the sink by tapping it upside down.  Peel and core zucchini(s) and grate in a food processor.  You do need finely grated zucchini for this recipe.  Dump out zucchini and reserve.  Toast nuts on top of the stove on medium to medium high heat, pushing them around with a spatula, being careful not to burn them.  Toast for 3-4 minutes.  Then place the nuts in the food processor with the chopping blade and pulverize the nuts.

In a large mixing bowl, sift flour through nutmeg and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine eggs, sugar and oils and beat for three minutes until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and combine.  Mix in the dry ingredients, 1/2 at a time, then turning mixer on low speed to combine each time, scraping down the bowl.  Add the grated zucchini and the nuts and mix together on low speed again, scraping the bowl to incorporate all ingredients.  Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched and toothpick comes out clean.  Let it cool in the pan until the pan is cool enough to handle (about 15 minutes), then pop the cake out.

While the cake is finishing the baking process, combine your juice from the orange and powdered sugar, whisking briskly until smooth. Typically, you would let the cake cool before glazing.  I poured the glaze on in a zig zag fashion over the cake and the glaze, as expected, puddled around the sides and in the center.  While the cake continued to cool, it sat in the puddles of glaze and soaked it in, creating a nice, crispy yet sweet sogginess to the bottom of the cake.  I thought it was wonderful.  If you would like the original Lemon glaze as prepared on David Lebovitz’s site, please just click through.  His photos and instructions are far superior.

29 thoughts on “A Pumped Up Zucchini and a Glorious Cake Mistake

  1. WOW! I love both of them… Thank you dear Geni, love, nia

  2. This is the 3rd citrus-glazed cake recipe I’ve come across this week and, again, I must say that I love a citrus glaze! Regular frosting is good, no doubt about it, but a citrus glaze adds so much to a cake and is tops in my book, Geni. And talk about a happy accident! Isn’t it great when The Fates come together to actually help you?

  3. Oh Geni, reading the description of the cake, I cannot help to imagine how must feel good to have both crispy and soggy sweet at the same time…looks gorgeous…and isn’t interesting that sometimes good comes from accidents?
    Hope you are staying cool 🙂

  4. I’m a total bundt person as well Geni….bake it and I’ll eat it all, just like I would this cake. Funny thing is I’m actually heading to the kitchen to work on a new bundt recipe for Friday. Cheers!

  5. Accidental awesomes rock my friend, this cake looks incredible! 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Yum! Yum! Yum! Is right! That sauce sounds like perfection to me. Accidental perfection. I love it. I’m not a big bundt aficionado, but I think this recipe could easily get me started. 🙂 I’m guessing the boss let the lateness slide with this. I could totally be bought with food!

  7. That looks like a wonderful cake!

  8. The zucchini bundt has turned out really beautiful!

  9. Baking is great performance art, serendipity is divine! Screaming summer cake, zucchini power!

  10. Sometimes the best desserts are made by accident and mistakes 😉
    This looks downright delicious!

  11. I love those accidents that turn out to be even better than the original plan 🙂
    Your coworkers are so lucky Geni..any chance your company is hiring dentists?

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  13. This counts as a veggie right?

  14. I like the idea of zucchini cake. It just sounds more exciting than other zucchini baked goods for whatever reason. Probably because I have issues with zucchini bread thanks to my mom and her need to tell me it was banana bread when I was little.

  15. I am a new fan to your beautiful blog and am happy to meet a fellow baker and lover of bundts! (I have a confession, it used to be cupcake papers, then cake stands….but now I am collecting bundt pans!) This cake looks just outstanding! I don’t bake often enough with zucchini, but when I do, whatever I bake is extra moist! This cake looks divine. And having your glaze soak in the way that it did…..heaven! Beautiful pictures! : )

  16. I was thinking that I needed to make a zucchini cupcake – and here you made this gorgeous zucchini bundt. I bet it is fabulous my friend! 🙂

  17. This reminds me of my mom, she loves making zucchini bread

  18. I adore a good zucchini bread. This looks amazing!

  19. I like big bundts also! There’s something about them that is so classic and simple…yet also so majorly delicious. I came THISCLOSE to making this exact cake not too long ago. I’m so glad to hear it was delicious!

  20. hey the best dishes turn out from accidents! Love this cake. Your version would have been great with my zucchini cake sandwiches!

  21. I love zucchini cake!!! This looks like a major success 😉

  22. Your sarcasm comes out of the screen perfectly Geni! Keeps me company while drinking my afternoon cup of tea. This looks lovely, and I’m also a fan of the soaked in glaze, I have a lemon coconut muffin recipe that asks you to do the same thing while they’re warm. Nom nom nom.

  23. Delicious looking cake! Sounds like a wonderful bribe 😀 hehe. And your glaze soaking in at the bottom sounds so good! A wonderful mistake!

  24. I never would’ve thought of anything like this. This is truly a unique and wonderful recipe. And the cake looks so darn moist

  25. Your zucchini looks delicious! What a wonderful “mistake”! 🙂 I know, the zucchini in my In-Laws’ yard are huge as well! They just grow much faster than we can consume! LOL I’ve gotta try this recipe out! 🙂

  26. Look at the size of that zucchini!! I wish someone was gifting me mass amounts of zucchini. One of my favorite veggies. This bundt cake sounds awesome Just reading the description of your “mistake” is making me drool. I can imagine how that must have worked out for the better…sounds amazing. And I’m sure your boss wasn’t all that mad. I know I wouldn’t be! Ah, and I forgot to respond to your last comment, but yes, let’s plan lunch or something again soon. 🙂

  27. Cake looks absolutely delicious. I would never say that it had zucchini in it 🙂

  28. Hilarious!! Geni, you’re sooo funny!! Sadly my little zucchini plant is not pumped up on steroids this year, in fact they look like little cocktail pickles:D My drizzle always ran off too, but mine didn’t soak up, I love that yours did.. especially with fresh oranges… mmmmm!!!

  29. This look delicious! Can’t wait to try it out.

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