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Pumpkin Cake #2 with Cinnamon Glaze

I found this recipe for Pumpkin Cake #2 in my mom’s recipe box, and I made up the delicious Cinnamon Glaze to top it off. It was titled Pumpkin Cake, but if you follow Plenty Sweet Life, you know that when we have more than one recipe with the same name, we have to add a number to it. That means that in addition to a previous recipe for Pumpkin Cake, we also now have this Pumpkin Cake #2. As is almost a prerequisite for the recipes I’ve found in both Grandma’s and Mom’s recipe files, this one is so ridiculously easy, it’s just crazy. I had visions of doing something artsy with this cake, like the real leaf stencil I did when I made the Spice Cake, but, in fact, I realized that it’s a lot more like the Bundt Cake recipes I’ve shared before – this one has one less egg and adds the pumpkin. That means the batter was going to go into the Bundt pan, and I’d have to be artsy with sprinkles. Fall sprinkles, to be exact. Easy, delicious, and pretty. Perfect.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Pumpkin Cake #2

Mix all together:

1 cup pumpkin

1/2 cup salad oil

1 small package vanilla instand pudding

1 spice cake mix

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 eggs

1/2 cup water

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Cool in pan 15 minutes.

Turn out onto cooling rack.

Cinnamon Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk (a bit more if you need to make the glaze thinner)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Don’t forget to butter the Bundt pan well – you’ll be sorry if you don’t!

The batter is nice and thick. I smoothed it out on top, but I don’t think you’d need to do that.

So pretty!

I added cinnamon to the glaze for this delicious cake – and you can’t beat sprinkles on top!

This amazingly delicious glaze might also be delicious on graham crackers for a snack. I might or might not only know this because I had some glaze left over!

There really is nothing easier than a Bundt cake with a nice glaze. Just drizzle on that creamy, cinnamon-y glaze. (Please disregard the deck chair cushions in the background!)

Oh. Em. Gee. Nothing says fall like fall colored sprinkles.

This cake turned out just beautifully. I love how it looks and I love how it tastes. It’s easy to make and it’s easy to take with you if you’re asked to bring a dessert for any gathering in the next 2 months. We’re all obsessed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie flavor this time of year, and this cake doesn’t disappoint! You, your family, your friends, and your guests will all LOVE this delicious Pumpkin Cake #2 – make one and be festive!

 

 

 

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Pineapple Frosted Cake

The name of today’s recipe, Pineapple Frosted Cake, sounds like somehow there is pineapple in the frosting. That’s not entirely true. The pineapple is one of it’s layers, and it’s frosted with Cool Whip. This dessert is layered with ALL KINDS of goodness: cake, cream cheese and pudding, pineapple, and Cool Whip. I can’t even. I don’t have the card on here for this one because it was one I had written down. It was in my mom’s recipe file, but written in my handwriting. I have no idea where it came from or where I had it, but I’m sure glad I wrote it down, and I’m glad mom kept it! Let’s just get on with it – it’s soooooooooooo good!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Pineapple Frosted Cake

Bake:

1 white cake mix, according to package instrucitons

Cool.

Cream together:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups milk

Add:

1 package Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding

Spread on top of cooled cake.

Drain:

1-20 ounce can crushed pineapple

Spread evenly over top of cream cheese mixture.

Top with:

1 small tub of Cool Whip

Sprinkle on:

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used sprinkles instead – my family aren’t big fans of nuts)

Refrigerate.

Before you start, bake the white cake and drain the pineapple.

The cream cheese was not totally smooth after mixing it together. It really didn’t matter since there will be other layers of goodness on top of it.

The next layer is the crushed pineapple. I just used my hands to sprinkle it evenly over the top of the cake and cream cheese/pudding layers.

The last layer is Cool Whip and nuts, however, my family isn’t big on nuts, so I used sprinkles instead. How festive! Sprinkles make everything look like it’s time for a party!

It’s ridiculous how delicious this cake is when you know how easy it was to make.

You can see the different layers of goodness here, and I do mean goodness! I think this cake would be delicious with many kinds of fruit: cut-up strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges. It’s perfect for our “Nothing But Easy Summer”, too, because this is so easy to make. I mean, this cake is ridiculously easy to make. This would also be great to take anywhere – if you were asked to bring a dessert. You could make the cake ahead of time (or even in the freezer), have the cream cheese/pudding layer mixed, have the pineapple drained, have the Cool Whip thawed, and have the nuts chopped. Just put it all together when you get to your gathering and you’re done! I love that! Yep – you’re all ready with an idea when your hostess asks you to bring a dessert – just bring this Pineapple Frosted Cake and you’re good to go!

 

 

 

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Rhubarb Cake

Today’s recipe for Rhubarb Cake comes from a family friend, and my mom’s had this recipe for many years. I’m calling this one Rhubarb Cake, but I have also made Rhubarb Cake with Orange Sauce. I hope that won’t be confusing. I really don’t know if you can ever have TOO MANY rhubarb recipes. Every one is different, everyone is good, every one is a MUST DO. Rhubarb is only here for a such a short time, and unless you freeze some for using next spring, like I did with the rhubarb for this recipe, you have to be quick and make as many recipes as you can. I usually don’t have enough rhubarb to freeze, but I did last year, as you can see in my post for Freezing Rhubarb. That’s how I was able to make this recipe before my rhubarb was quite ready to pick. I get anxious to make rhubarb recipes BEFORE the rhubarb is ready – every spring! It’s good to know that the frozen rhubarb works in this one – and I didn’t even thaw it. Seriously, I just put it in frozen when I stirred it in. “Nothing But Easy Summer”, baby!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Rhubarb Cake

For topping:

Mix together and set aside:

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup nuts, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

For cake:

Cream:

1/2 cup shortening (I used butter)

Add:

1 1/2 cup white sugar

Mix well.

Add:

1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat in:

1 egg

Add alternately to first mixture, beginning and ending with flour:

1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup sour milk (1 cup milk plus 1 Tablespoon vinegar)

2 cups plus 1 Tablespoon flour

Stir in:

3 cups rhubarb, finely cut up

Pour batter into 9″ x 13″ metal pan.

Sprinkle topping over cake batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (because I used the frozen rhubarb, it took about an extra 10 minutes to bake).

I like to mix up the topping before starting so I’m ready for it in the end.

I used some frozen rhubarb for this, so I didn’t have this finely cut up – it was just the way I cut it up when I froze it.

Sprinkle on the ginormous amount of topping – yes, it all goes on there!

This cake smells so good when it’s baking! It took a little longer to bake since I used the frozen rhubarb, but other than that – no difference.

You must have the obligatory ice cream or whipped cream with a rhubarb dessert. You just have to.

This one totally fits into the “Nothing But Easy Summer” theme. I love cake that’s very easy to make and very easy to eat – this IS that cake. The topping makes frosting unnecessary, too – more easiness. It’s so delicious, you’re going to want to run right out, pick a bunch of that rhubarb, and make this Rhubarb Cake!

 

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Scandinavian Almond Cake

We’re making a Scandinavian Almond Cake today! My mom gave me this cake pan last year for Christmas, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I had never seen this kind of pan before, so I had to do a bit of internet research to see what this cake was all about. I have to say – Grandma would have loved this cake. She loved all things almond – this is what most of her Swedish recipes seemed to be – and she would have loved the almond flavor of this cake. Since I mentioned the Swedish side of the family, I thought I’d share this photo from Grandma’s youngest aunt’s trip to Sweden in 1922 (she’s the one on the far left). I don’t know if you can see it, but there’s an “X” over the middle part of the building in this photo. This was what was left of where my great-great-grandmother was born in Sweden – just that tiny part there in the middle.

I’m sure glad they took pictures way back then! It’s so interesting! We do know the name of the town and area where this photo was taken. Love that family history!

Back to the cake! This is the recipe that was included with the pan, and I’m glad they included it. It’s so delicious and full of almond flavor – and we know how Grandma and all the Scandinavians we know LOVE almond.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Scandinavian Almond Cake

Beat well:

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2/3 cup milk

Add:

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Add:

1 stick butter or margarine, melted (I used butter)

Spray pan generously with non-stick spray with flour or other spray immediately before pouring batter into pan (I didn’t see that it said to do it immediately before pouring batter into pan, so I did it before I started making the batter – it worked out ok. I also didn’t see that it said non-stick spray with flour – I used regular spray and then coated it with flour – that worked out ok, too.).

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let it cool totally in the pan.

Turn cake out onto platter.

This is the weird-looking pan. I had never seen this kind of pan before.

I sprayed the pan with non-stick spray and then floured it – even though it says to use non-stick spray with flour in it.

There it is – all done and sitting to cool totally before turning it out.

I sprinkled powdered sugar over the top and then gilded the lily with a few toasted sliced almonds. It’s so pretty!

The cake was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. Easy and delicious – check!

Oh boy – I think I have a new favorite cake. The almond flavor of this is just mouth-watering. It’s so good and so easy to do, especially at holiday time. Some lingonberries over the top of a slice of this cake might be nice, too. I think whether you are Scandinavian or not, you’re going to want to try this  amazingly delicious Scandinavian Almond Cake.

 

 

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Gingerbread #2 – a 160 Year Old Recipe

Today we’re trying Gingerbread #2 – a 160 Year Old Recipe. This recipe is in an old book of Grandma’s called Scandinavian Recipes. I can’t find a date on this little cookbook, but I’m sure she got it in the 1940’s.

Maybe it was the 1950’s, but even if it was in 1950, the recipe says it was 100 years old then and that would make it now 160 years old. At least! Let me just say that no matter how old this recipe is – it’s amazing! Not many gingerbread recipes call for 5 different spices – this is spicy and absolutely delicious. I had a tradition with my kids of making Gingerbread to celebrate the first measurable snowfall of the season (seriously, my son tried to talk me into making gingerbread when we only had a dusting a few weeks ago – that’s how much he waits for the first measurable snowfall so I’ll make gingerbread), and now this is another great recipe that will be part of our family traditions. There is nothing like the smell of gingerbread, with all the warm and cozy scents of spices and molasses, wafting throughout the whole house, bringing back memories of snow and tinsel and warm Christmas lights.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Gingerbread #2 – a 160 Year Old Recipe

Cream:

1/2 cup shortening (I used butter)

1 cup sugar

Add sugar gradually and mix thoroughly.

Add:

1 cup molasses

2 eggs, well beaten

Sift together twice:

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoons allspice

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Add sifted dry ingredients to the fist mixture alternately with:

1 cup buttermilk

Beat hard so butter is thoroughly blended.

There is no pan size on this recipe so I used a 9″ x 9″ square pan.

It didn’t say to grease the pan, but I sprayed it lightly with non-stick spray.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

The batter really filled my square pan, but I decided to go with it anyway.

The cake definitely rose up above the pan, but it didn’t overflow. It just didn’t seem like enough batter for a 9″ x 13″ pan.

I wanted to go all “fancy pants” on the cake, so I used one of Grandma’s doilies like a stencil and made a pretty design by sprinkling powdered sugar over the top. Make sure your doily is clean – don’t use one that’s been sitting on your dresser for who knows how long! Doilies are flexible so even though there was a little cave-in in the middle of the cake, it still covered just fine. You could also use a store-bought paper doily for this.

I put the powdered sugar into a strainer and knocked on the side of it to make the powdered sugar sprinkle nice and even. You never know how this is going to turn out. It’s so exciting!

Lift it off carefully so you keep the design intact (make sure to wash the doily when you’re done so next time you want to use it you don’t get powdered sugar all over your nice clean dresser or table). This one turned out so pretty! You will SO impress your friends and family. Even though there was a crack around the side of the cake, once the design was on there, you could hardly see it.

The recipe says that it’s really good warm, and I have to agree. I mean, I’m sure it would be good warm, not that I know anything about that. Sort of.

This gingerbread is delicious. It. Is. So. Good. I’m not even kidding. It’s easy to make. It’s delicious. It’s pretty. It fits all of our criteria for a wonderful recipe. Make this Gingerbread #2 – a 160 Year Old Recipe at some point during the holiday season – or at some point this winter – and start your own family tradition!

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Harvest Loaf Cake

Today’s recipe for Harvest Loaf Cake comes from my mom. I have no idea where she got it from, but I’m glad she got it! I’m putting it under the heading of both bread AND cake. It’s a bit of a show-stopper, and perfect for your thanksgiving dessert table.

Because we’re so close to thanksgiving, and thanksgiving is all about family, I had to share this photo of Grandma’s youngest brother from sometime around the late 1910’s or early 1920’s. He was the youngest in the family, and always had that smile on his face. I love this photo so much! He looks like he’s straight out of the musical “Newsies”! Look at that hat, and that little coat!

If you look close, you can even see the little vest he has on under the coat. Oh – and a tie! Love it! What a cutie! Grandma loved ALL of her family so much –  it was one of my favorite things about her. Absolutely everyone (sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) was special, and loved, and just as important as everyone else. Ok – now that I’m remembering her and how special she was to me, I’m tearing up. Good memories can do that to me.

Ok, ok, on to the loaf/cake! There seems like a lot of steps, but most of it is all the spices in here. It’s a pretty easy recipe (Grandma would have loved it), so you can pull it together fairly quick. We like that, don’t we? Quick and easy recipes? You betcha!!

Cream wet ingredients together:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

Add:

2 eggs

3/4 cup canned pumpkin

Sift dry ingredients together:

1 3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Add to wet ingredients.

Fold in:

3/4 cup chocolate chips

3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

I sprayed my loaf pan with a bit of non-stick spray before putting the batter in.

Bake at 350 degrees for 65-75 minutes.

Cool.

Drizzle with glaze.

Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1-2 Tablespoons cream (I used milk)

Sprinkle with:

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Let stand 6 hours before slicing.

It’s a pretty thick batter, but the loaf/cake comes out tender and delicious!

Oh how I love chocolate chips and walnuts in a quick bread!

After baking it comes out of the pan beautifully.

See how pretty it is after adding the glaze and walnuts?!! Since I’ve never made this before, I didn’t know how finely to chop the walnuts to sprinkle on top. While this looks pretty, I’d chop them a bit finer next time.

I think this is a show-stopper. It’s easy to do, it’s delicious, and it looks fabulous! I mean, absolutely fabulous! The recipe is similar to Moist Pumpkin Bread or Pumpkin Raisin Bread, only with chocolate chips. Then you add the tasty glaze and the chopped walnuts, and there you go – show-stopper! Try this Harvest Loaf Cake with your thanksgiving desserts.

 

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Oatmeal Cake

Today’s recipe for Oatmeal Cake comes from my mom, but I have never tried it! I haven’t tasted it and I haven’t made it! I didn’t even know there was such a thing! In fact, I have two other recipes for Oatmeal Cake in my collection, and they’re from 3 different people, and they’re all the same recipe! I guess we can agree that this must be a good one! My husband brought up the fact that the name Oatmeal Cake sounds very boring. This cake is anything BUT boring. It really should have another, more exciting name like Candy Cake or Chewy Candy Bar Cake, but we’re going to stick with our original plan of leaving everything just the way it was when I found it on the recipe card. Just remember when you see the boring name of this cake – the finished product is NOT boring. It’s amazing!

This is the perfect cake for fall!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Oatmeal Cake

Let stand while mixing rest of cake:

1 cup regular oatmeal

1 1/4 cups boiling water

Cream together:

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 stick margarine (I used butter)

Add:

2 eggs

Sift together:

1 1/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Add to creamed mixture.

Mix in:

oatmeal mixture

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Pour batter into 9″ x 13″ pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Let cool slightly before putting on topping.

Topping:

Melt:

3 Tablespoons butter

Mix in:

1 cup brown sugar

6 Tablespoons milk

1 cup coconut

1 cup nuts, chopped

Spread on top of partially cooled cake.

Put under broiler until it is bubbly (3-5 minutes), but watch closely – it can burn fast.

Letting the oatmeal sit makes it nice and soft when it’s time to add it to the batter.

While the cake is an important part of the whole, and it’s really good cake, we all know that it’s just a vehicle for the frosting (or in this case, topping).

I will say, this frosting (or topping) is absolutely delicious. In fact, this topping is why this recipe should be called Candy Cake instead of Oatmeal Cake. Yes. It’s that good.

After the cake has been under the broiler, the topping has turned to a chewy caramel and the nuts are all roasty-toasty. Like a candy bar. I’m not even kidding.

I just can’t believe I’ve never had this cake before. There just wouldn’t be any reason why I wouldn’t remember this one. It has all my favorite things: caramel, nuts, and cinnamon.

This truly is the perfect cake for fall. That little bit of cinnamon makes it just spicy enough and with the chewy caramel and toasty nuts after broiling – yum! It’s easy to make and with that broiler frosting, it’s FAST!! This is once again, one of my new favorites! Even though it has a boring name and I think we should rename it Candy Cake, this one’s amazingly delicious – you’re going to want to make this Oatmeal Cake.

 

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Can’t Wait Apple Cake

Today’s recipe for Can’t Wait Apple Cake comes from one of Grandma’s sisters. It’s from the older sister in this photo from 1925, in fact. Of course, that means Grandma was the younger sister here with their mother and one of their brothers. These sisters had the same birthday two years apart, and were close their whole lives. They shared a lot of love AND recipes.

I love their dresses (and their brother’s clothes) in this photo! Grandma used to tell me that their mother sewed ALL of their clothes back then. Just think of the hand-me-downs they all enjoyed! I’m sure they had apple trees back then, too (or someone they knew did), and that must be why they collected a lot of delicious apple recipes. They had to do something with all those (what are basically free) apples.

Since it’s apple time, it’s time to bring out some of those apple recipes, and this one is so easy and so good – you’re going to want to make it. I’m tellin’ ya. I bet you can’t WAIT to make it. Or eat it. Ha!

This cake is SO good!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Can’t Wait Apple Cake

Combine:

4 cups apples, diced (I used small apples so I just sliced them)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

Sift together:

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add dry ingredients to the batter.

Stir in:

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

Pour batter into greased 9″ x 13″ pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

All you have to do is mix up the wet and dry ingredients, and there you go.

Going into the oven, the batter is a light color.

Coming out of the oven, the batter has turned a caramel color, and you know what that means – flavor.

Instead of a frosting, I used powdered sugar as a topping for this cake. The cake is so delicious, it really doesn’t need anything more (although I won’t deny that some people in this family have an obsession/need to cover everything in that canned whipped topping and/or ice cream, and both were amazing on this cake).

So easy. So good. So pretty. This simple cake is one of my new favorites ( yes – another one). It is absolutely delicious and ridiculously easy to do. Call some people over – people you would like to share recipes with – and serve them this delicious cake. Call me – I’ll come over! I love to share recipes with people! Yay! I just can’t wait – can you? You’ll just love this Can’t Wait Apple Cake!

 

 

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Coffee Cake #3

This recipe for Coffee Cake #3 comes from my mom, who has made this coffee cake for as long as I can remember. Today I’m sharing this photo that goes back almost as long as I can remember, and I can remember a long way back. I love everything about this photo – the vintage stereo and tv and chair in the background (yes – they would have been very vintage), the braided rug on the living room floor, my headband, and the fact that I look like I’m really concentrating on reading the comics in that newspaper.

The date on the photo is June of 1964, so I was only 3 years old here, but I probably was reading it – I remember sitting in my other grandma’s kitchen and my dad having me read the sports page of the paper waaaaay before I went to school. Anyway, this Coffee Cake is delicious and I can’t wait to show you how to make it!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Coffee Cake

Mix all together:

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup white sugar

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs

Put half of batter in 9″ x 13″ pan.

Put on top of batter:

1 can of pie filling (I used cherry, but apple would be really good this time of year)

Put rest of batter on top of that.

Blend:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)

Sprinkle on top of all.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

Drizzle on top of cooled coffee cake.

It doesn’t seem like a lot of batter, but don’t grease the pan and spread it carefully – it will cover.

We always made this Coffee Cake with cherry pie filling, but I bet apple would be delicious.

I use a spoon to put on the top half of the batter. Next, on goes the cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnamon and sugar? Sure – but now we really need to add to that. Top it all with a powdered sugar glaze, just for good measure. Did I mention that this recipe is “plenty sweet”?

Oh wow. The smell of this Coffee Cake baking is absolutely divine. I totally like it better than Coffee Cake or Coffee Cake #2. It might be the cherry.

I don’t know – I think you are really going to love this Coffee Cake, too. Just you wait and see. I don’t know about having this as a coffee cake for breakfast, but I’m all for having it for afternoon coffee. Invite some friends or family over this weekend and make some memories – they just might decide that this Coffee Cake #3 is one of their favorites, too!

 

 

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This is an old recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake that we made when I was growing up – at least I think it is. This one was lost for a while, but I recently found it in my cookbook where you can write out your own recipes. I wrote it in there, and I’m just assuming it was the recipe we used all those years ago. Who knows how long this one’s been around. It’s one of those recipes that we’ve had forever and I don’t even have the original recipe card anymore. We’re heading for the end of summer with everyone trying to get in one last weekend at the cabin, one last run to the lake, or one last day at the beach. I had to share this photo of me when we rented a cabin at a nearby lake. My dad was home on leave from the army, and since his young wife and baby were living with her parents while he was stationed in Turkey, I’m sure they wanted to get away by themselves. It’s not too surprising to me that they chose to be by the lake. You can tell by the look on my face how I felt about summer being almost over. Boo.

I still feel the same these days when the sunlight starts to feel different and have a bit of a different slant, and the fruit and vegetables from the garden are ripening and need to be frozen or canned to preserve the summer sunshine for the long Minnesota winter ahead. I’ll say it again. Boo. Winter comes all too fast in this neck of the woods. Oh well, if summer is ending, we might as well eat cake. How about some Chocolate Zucchini Cake? We all had gardens back in the day – we had one and so did both sets of grandparents. I think my family were the only ones in the group who grew zucchini, and we all know how that goes. By this time of the summer, the garden would be overrun with those huge plants where you couldn’t see all the way under those gigantic leaves and oops, there would be a zeppelin sized zucchini hidden under there. Yep – you missed it and now what are you going to do with it? I say – make cake!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Blend:

1 package of chocolate cake mix (or white)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini (I let it sit in a sieve and drain while I got everything else ready to go)

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

Beat at low speed until moistened, then beat 2 minutes at highest speed.

Pour into greased and floured 9″ x 13″ pan.

Sprinkle with:

1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

Cool before cutting.

I shredded the zucchini into my large 4 cup measuring cup, then put the shredded zucchini back into a sieve which I set right back on top of the measuring cup to drain until I was ready for it. I got about 3 Tablespoons of liquid out of it. The recipe doesn’t say to do this, but I thought maybe it would be TOO moist if I just out it in without draining it.

Mix it all up and put on the toppings.

Look how pretty it is right out of the oven!

If the zucchini is over-taking your garden – this cake’s for you. You might also like to try Zucchini Chocolate Cake.

There just isn’t a better way to use up those HUGE zucchini. This cake is so easy to make and is perfect for this time of year with its no-frosting toppings and its tasty spices. It’s a fast and easy recipe, uses up the zeppelins of zucchini, and is also great for this busy back-to-school season. I know, I know, summer has to end sometime. Might as well end it by making cake – Chocolate Zucchini Cake, that is!

 

 

 

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