Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Heat oven to 325 degrees
Butter and flour a bundt pan 

1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 ¾ cup sugar
1 teas. Vanilla
½ cup sour milk
2 ½ cups flower
4 T. Dutch process cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon – optional
¼ teaspoon ground cloves – optional
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper – not optional…do it!
2 cups shredded zucchini
optional: 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda and spices together in a bowl.

Cream the butter and sugar in a food processor or mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla. Add the sour milk and briefly blend, then dump this mixture on top of the dry ingredients along with the shredded zucchini. Fold all together until just barely mixed. (don’t overbeat) and pour into the bundt pan. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips if desired and bake until the cake just starts to crack on top and pull away from the sides.



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All sorts of veggies can be mixed into the potato...kale, broccoli, chard, or winter squash are some favorites

You can freeze twice baked potatoes after you put them together. Then they are ready to take out of the freezer and bake when you need healthy comfort food.

People appreciate a Norfolk Island Pine as a substitute indoor Christmas tree because it's bright green and the layered branches can hold some ornaments.

Some put this plant out in a dappled sun location for the summer. If you wish to do so, wait until all danger of frost is past.


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