As American as a Zucchini Cake.
I’ve lived and traveled all over the world, but only in the United States of America have I had a dessert with a vegetable in a starring role!
This summer, being blessed with a fridge full of zucchini, I made a whole lot of delicious zucchini dishes, some of which I’ve already shared with you on my blog. So when I got bored with the savory ideas, I decided to play American and turn the last of the zucchini into a cake.
All-American Zucchini Cake with Vegan Lime Frosting and Strawberries
Warning: if you are like me, you’ll find yourself eating frosting with a spoon when no one is looking. So, because I love and care about you, I suggest keeping spoons in a locked drawer when working on this cake :)
Other variations: cake only (no frosting,) cake only with the addition of strawberries pieces, cake+cream cheese only, cake+strawberry toping only.
- 5 large or 6 medium eggs
- ½ cup MCT oil (avocado, coconut or olive oil work as well)
- 1 large Zucchini (or two small ones), shredded in a food processor
- ½ cup Coconut flour
- ½ cup Almond flour
- 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin pie spice
- 3 tsp Baking powder
- ½ tsp Sea salt
- Stevia (to taste)
- ½ cup Sunflower seeds (or chopped nuts)
- Zest (optional)
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 tub Miyoko’s vegan cultured cream cheese
- 1 lime, juiced
- Dash of Sea salt
- Stevia (to taste)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper (or grease with MCT oil)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, xanthan gum, pumpkin spice, baking powder, stevia (if dry), salt, and zest
- In a larger bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, and stevia (if liquid)
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients, zucchini, and sunflower seeds (or nuts)
- Move into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack
- To make the frosting, beat together the frosting ingredients
- To make the strawberry topping, mix together pureed strawberries, lemon juice, and stevia
- To assemble the cake, spread the frosting over the top of the cake, followed by the strawberries
When life gives you zucchini, you make Zucchini Cake. And you enjoy a slice (or two) with this delicious Earl Grey tea.