posted by BonBon 07-24-99 1:01 PM
Fudgy Orange-Zucchini Cake with Orange Glaze
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup milk
3 cups grated zucchini
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 cup chopped nuts
calendula blossoms and petals, tuberous begonia blossoms, or orange mint sprigs, for garnish
1-1/4 cups sifted confectioner' sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a bundt pan. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together and set aside.
In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla and milk to the butter mixture. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in the zucchini, orange zest and nuts.
Pour into a greased and floured bundt cake pan.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto a rack.
To make the glaze, in a bowl mix together the sugar, orange juice and vanilla. While the cake is still warm, drizzle with the glaze. Garnish with flowers or mint sprigs.
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