Hello there– This tidy little cake stood in for the birthday cake for Larry’s birthday– He doesn’t like too much sweetness (unlike his wife!) and I thought this would be just about what he would like in the way of cake.
I wish I had taken a picture with the tall red candles burning away on top! But you’ll just have to imagine. Happy Birthday dear Larry!
ZUCCHINI WALNUT CAKE WITH HONEY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 1/2 cups zucchini, grated (about 1 medium zucchini)
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped*
4 oz. cream cheese
4 tab. butter (1/2 stick)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tab. honey
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
Grate that zucchini and set it aside.
Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl– the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then stir in the vanilla, oil and eggs. Finally fold in the zucchini and walnuts.
Scoop the thick batter into a 9″ square or round cake pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and bake it at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Poke it with a thin knife to be sure it’s cooked through (it takes longer than you think it should).
Let the cake cool before you frost it.
To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Then beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla and honey. Spread it on the cooled cake.
To make the candied walnuts, drop the 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/4 cup sugar into a small skillet and stir continuously over medium heat until the sugar completely melts and turns a beautiful golden color. (Be careful. This is so hot!)
When the nuts are all coated, turn them out onto a piece of foil and let them cool (it just takes a couple minutes) before you arrange them on top of the frosted cake.
*1 cup is a whole lot of walnuts for this small size of cake. Maybe you’d want less (like 1/2 a cup). I just love nuts so I overdo them, I afraid.
P.S. I’m loving my new/old white plate sitting under the cake. I picked it up in a thrift store settled into a little white clapboard church building along the way on our drive through rural New York this summer. A $1 bargain plate–just my kind of shopping!