Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Zucchini Apple Snack Cake

This is good. It's really good. And it's healthy, too, but don't tell anyone, or they'll refuse to eat it out of spite for health food.

Last night, I needed a quick dessert, because two of the boys were down with sore throats (welcome back to school *snarl*). I saw a recipe for something sort of like this, and decided that I could make it better. So, without further ado....


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1-1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tsp baking soda

1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
2 to 3 apples, shredded


1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp whipping cream
1 to 2 tsp lemon juice

Cream the butter with brown sugar; beat in the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg (truth in recipe: I just shook in a bunch of cinnamon and a little less nutmeg, and guessed at the amount afterward). At low speed, beat in the flour and baking soda, and beat until combined: the batter will be very stiff. Add the shredded zucchini and apple, and beat at low speed. Pour into a greased 13"x9" baking pan, and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes.

While the cake's still warm, stir the cream into the confectioner's sugar, then add the lemon juice a little at a time, until it's thin spreading consistency. Spread over the warm cake, and let the glaze melt in a minute. Serve warm.

So, here's how good this is: Jeffrey has eaten 1/4 of the pan for breakfast. Need I say more?


Mickle in NZ said...

Well done Jeffrey, what a great breakfast, just hope your younger brothers are feeling much better. Dear Marjie - schools are such a %@#*&^###^ for spreading around those assorted bugs and XXX viruses.

I guess it is an unpleasant "welcome to school-place bugs and immunity"

Sending full-on care and understanding from Michelle and her dodgy innards (with background zzzzzz from Zebby)

Channon said...

I need to leave work and go make this NOW. I'll have to just call it "apple and more" or the Knight won't eat it.

Pam said...

Healthy. Snack. Cake. Three words that I love to see together.

Pam said...

I hope the boys feel better! I am loving this recipe - bookmarked!

Nichole said...

Have I mentioned I wish you were my neighbor lately? =)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sound yet another way to use up those surplus Zucchini, will make sure I have this recipe ready for next year. Diane

tamilyn said...

Good-another delicious sounding recipe for the bounty in the garden

Tatersmama said...

Now that's my kind of boy, and my kind of breakfast! And healthy to boot!

The only thing I would change is the name...maybe something 'French' like
"Zeee Apple Cake" - to fool all the zuchinni haters around here!

I'll go eat my shredded wheat now.
Bummer. ;)

Linda said...

'Tis the season to keep ones windows rolled up around here or you end up coming home with far too many zekes. I have enough to make 70 of these cakes.

TavoLini said...

Good fall dessert! I have a couple zukes just dying to be used up ;)

Celeste said...

Oooo! This goes in my too cook bookmark! Looks great! I hope your boys feel better :( I just got over strep throat = not fun.

The Blonde Duck said...

Can I eat the other 3/4 of the pan?

Paula said...

I love spice cakes like this. YUM! Hope the boys are feeling better, and that no one else catches it..

grace said...

...and the germs spread like wild fire!
great cake, marjie. know what'd make it even more superior? a thick slathering of cinnamon cream cheese frosting... :)

Mango said...

THOR! Where you at dude? I hope you are OK.