Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Cake~Mandy's Recipe Box

I've really been enjoying these Guest Post Wednesdays. I didn't intend to keep it a regular feature but everyone (including myself) was enjoying them so much
 that I've just kept it going. 
Thankfully, these amazing food bloggers have agreed to keep coming on here. I feel so fortunate to know these folks and I'm even more thrilled to introduce them to you.

Today we have Mandy visiting. She writes for her blog, Mandy's Recipe Box.

I meet Mandy through a mutual food blogging friend. And of course, she sucked me right into her world because of her family-friendly recipes and her 
naturally effervescent personality.
She is an all around fantastic gal and I just know you are going to enjoy 
her as well as her recipes.
Wait until you see this yummy cake she is sharing with us today! It's a great way to use up some of those zucchinis that are popping up in your gardens.

Friends, please give a warm welcome to Mandy.

Hey, it's Mandy from Mandy's Recipe Box. I had Brandie over to guest post a little bit ago, and she has asked me to return the favor, which I am more than happy to do. Before I share my recipe, allow me to introduce myself...

I am a wife to Lance, momma to Hannah (8), Preston (6), and Emma (3). I was born and raised in the city, went to college where I met my sexy farmer husband. We lived in the city for 3 years and then moved to rural (middle of nowhere) Idaho so Lance could join the family farm. I struggled at first, what with the nearest neighbor 3 miles away and all. I have adapted though, and am now a converted country girl. I love my life and raising my children where we are is the best! I get to stay home with my babes and just be a mom. Now that it's summer, we will be busy with trips up the canyon, boating and swimming at the reservoir, swimming lessons, and of course, whipping up yummy goods in the kitchen.

I started blogging after seeing a friend's blog and thought, "How fun! I can do that!" Thus, Mandy's Recipe Box was born. I have loved "meeting" new people through blogging and their sweet comments left on my blog. Brandie is one of them and I am super excited to share a great summer recipe today...
Chocolate Zucchini Cake 

Ingredients for cake:
2 c. grated zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. orange zest
3/4 c. oil

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan. Place grated zucchini in a colander to drain. Sprinkle salt on it. Mix flour, cocoa, soda, and cinnamon. Mix (in a seperate bowl) eggs, sugar, orange zest together. Add oil. Combine dry with moist ingredients. Press down on the zucchini with paper towels to extract all moisture. Stir zucchini into batter. Pour into the pan and bake 
for 20-25 min.

Frosting Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
5 to 7 Tbsp. milk

Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa. Gradually add powdered sugar mixture alternately with 3 Tbsp. milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. Beat in up to 4 Tbsp. additional milk for desired consistency.

Frost Cake and Enjoy!

Thanks again, Brandie, for letting me guest blog! I loved being here. Make sure you all come visit me at Mandy's Recipe Box.
Big thank you to Mandy for sharing one of her favorite recipes with us today. 
You can just see how moist the cake is. 
(And the kids will never know there are healthy veggies in it!)

I hope you'll visit Mandy's Recipe Box soon.

You can also find her on facebook!


     Printable Recipe Here         

Frosting recipe source: Southern Living


  1. That cake looks divine!! Thanks Mandy for sharing the recipe with us. :)

  2. Hi Mandy!~ Your cake looks scrumptiously moist! We always need new zuc recipes!

  3. Hello Mandy, that cake sounds great, thanks for sharing.

  4. This cake looks heavenly and the fact it has zucchini in it is a plus! Thanks for sharing!

  5. If I could only stick my finger in that photo of frosting and take a lick!!!

  6. We Love Mandy's Recipe Box and her wonderful recipes. This one looks fantastic.

  7. This one is definitely going on my to-do list. YUMMMY!!

  8. This is a chocolate cake I'd feel less guilty about feeding to my little man. Sneaky sneaky. I am so happy that you introduced us to Mandy and her wonderful blog. I would love to give this recipe a try.

  9. Hey girlies!! When are we going to plan our Food Bloggies get together in Vegas?? lol Hopefully one of these years huh. : ) Mandy this cake looks deeee-vine!

  10. Theres never any zucchini in that cake...right? There is! Wow it looks awesome and moister than moist.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love chocolate zucchini cake! One of my favorite things to have later in the summer when there is so much zucchini you don't know what to do with it!

  12. Great looking cake, Mandy! And zucchini will be popping up very soon in the garden. Thanks for sharing, Brandie.
    And Mandy, I'm a transplant to the farming life, too; blogging is a great way to "get out."

  13. This cake looks so moist and delish Mandy! I enjoyed reading about your life on your family farm. I'm a new follower on your blog. You have some great kid friendly recipes.

  14. I want a slice of this right now!! It look moist and gooey and chocolatey and delicious!

  15. Thanks for having Mandy for a visit Brandi! :) I am a fan of her also! And I will be having a TON of zucchini from my garden any day I will be making this yummy cake!

  16. I love, love, love guest post Wednesday! Greetings Mandy what a great way to use up all my zucchini.

  17. Oh my. That does look good! Found you through food buzz. Love your blog!

  18. Ohmigoodness, Mandy! That cake looks incredible :)

  19. What a wonderful gooey chocolate cake and fantastic with the courgettes in there, Mandy! Super guest post - well done, Ladies.

  20. Yum! That looks so moist and chocolatey!

  21. Yum - I'm definitely trying this one out this year with all my mom's garden zucchini!!

  22. Yum - I'm definitely trying this one out this year with all my mom's garden zucchini!!

  23. This is recipe is a hit ! Today, I am modifying it to try a strawberry version since we loved the chocolate version so much.

  24. Karen - so happy to hear that!! Thank you for letting me know!! :)

  25. I made this cake and it is an amazing cake!!


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