for those of you with a garden or a neighbor who grows zucchini and secretly leaves a few a week on your doorstep, there is always the challenge of finding new and creative ways of enjoying the quickly growing veggie. of course there is the classic zucchini bread with or without chocolate, sauteed zucchini and stuffed zucchini.
i was in the mood for a bundt cake and i just happened to have some local cherries on hand. i thought why not? zucchini and cherries, that sounded pretty good.
topped off with a simple date glaze and i was in business .
cherries, romanesco zucchini - a new heirloom variety that tried out this year and loved & dates - simple flavors of an amazing cake.
recently, i have been exploring baking with less sugar - or rather attempting you utilize different forms of natural, less processed sweeteners. my favorite two have been dates & coconut sugar.
in addition to the dates and applesauce, the cherries give an extra little pop of sweetness. the zucchini makes this cake super moist and the cinnamon adds warmth to the overall cake.
this cake is totally acceptable for a quick breakfast treat.
the glaze is super simple to make - soaked dates, coconut oil, maple syrup and a splash of water.
this glaze is perfect for this cake and would also be an excellent topping for cupcakes when you are looking for a little less of a sugary frosting.
i really enjoyed everything about this cake - the best part is you barely even notice the zucchini , it really is pretty neutral and does a fantastic job of adding moisture without a lot of added fat.
i hope you enjoy this cake with 10 times over - cause if you grow zucchini that's probably the number of time you will be making this.
zucchini cherry bundt ~ date glaze
makes 1 standard bundt cake
you will need:
for the cake
2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
10 dates, pitted and soaked
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup coconut oil- softened
1/2 cup + 1/3 cup cold water
1 small zucchini finely shredded, about 2 cups
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half
for the glaze
6 dates, soaked & pitted
2 tsp coconut oil
1/4 cup cold water
2 tsp maple syrup
pre heat oven 350*
grease a standard bundt pan with coconut oil and lightly dust with spelt flour
in a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients, set aside
in a food processor, with an s blade process the dates until well blended. add apple sauce and process until smooth. add the date mixture apple cider vinegar, softened coconut oil & cold water - mix until just combined. add shredded zucchini and mix until well combined - gently stir in cherries.
pour mixture into prepared bundt pan - bake in pre heated oven for 30- 35 minutes or until a wooden skewers comes out clean when tested in the center of the cake. remove from oven and allow to fully cool in pan on a wire rack before inverting onto a serving plate.
while the cake is cooling prepare date glaze - in a food processor, process all ingredients for the glaze until desired consistency is reached. once the cake has cooled, generously spread the date glaze over the top of the fully cooled bundt cake.
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LOVE IT! And I wish I had a neighbor leaving veggies on my doorstep!ReplyDelete
Well....if you moved back to NH you would probably have one on each side of you :)Delete
oh you and your drop dead gorgeous cakes... this one looks especially delicious! i love how lightly it's sweetened. DEFINITELY acceptable for breakfast ;)ReplyDelete
Awww you say the sweetest things! I too love how light it is, I loved this for my mid morning snack!Delete
Yes to zucchini. Yes to bundt cakes. Yes to cherries. YES, YES, YES.ReplyDelete
PS - how does one go about finding a neighbor that leave vegetables on their doorstep? I need one of those, stat. But it probably means I have to move outside the concrete jungle, eh?
How to get a neighbor to leave you zucchini:
a. move to NH
b. find neighbor in close proximity of your house
c. bake said neighbor loads of goodies to butter them up before the summer growing season, leaving subtle hints about how much you love fresh veggies
OOoh, as you know I am a big fan of your food stylin! Date glaze...is just the icing on the cake ;) Wow this looks great, but most of my neighbors are recluses.ReplyDelete
Thanks Gigi! haha i think you need to find new neighbors or bake them more treats :)Delete
That glaze looks so sticky and delicious! What a yummy looking cake :)ReplyDelete
The glaze was amazing!Delete
ooh... nice neighbors!:)i live in downtown, so definitely no luck with the zuke produce... though i did plant some in my patch.. right now eating a lot of spinach and kale from the patch already!ReplyDelete
That is one gorgeous bundt and i love the date glaze and low sugar content!
Haha I am that neighbor :) I cannot believe how awesome your little balcony garden did this year - I bet you could find a smaller growing zuke and trellis it for next year!Delete
Love the date glaze! Great idea :) Love that you used cherries in the bundt cake. I still cannot stop eating cherries. I'll be sooo bummed when cherry season is over :( I have a ton of zucchini to use up from my friend's garden. Thanks for the awesome idea! xoxoReplyDelete
Thanks Court! The cherries were so perfect, it was definitely one of the many highlights of the cake :) I cannot believe how HUGE that zuke was that you picked, crazy!Delete
A sticky gooey and sugary taste my friend with a perfect glaze! :DReplyDelete
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Totally sticky and tasty!Delete
Oh my goodness Heather, this looks so decadent but the ingredients are so healthy! How do you do it?ReplyDelete
P.S. So luck to have neighbours that bestow gifts in the form of produce on your front step. I wish I was so lucky :)
Awww thanks Gabby - you are pretty darn amazing yourself!Delete
Hahha i am the nieghbor that is blessed with a garden - if I don't say so myself they are pretty lucky :)
Your cake looks divine. I usually think of zucchini cakes as somewhat boring; yours is anything, but!ReplyDelete
Thanks Gerlinde - mee too, thats totally why the Cherries and dates came into play, I had to spice it up somehow :)Delete
I have a coworker who brings in giant zucchinis and other veggies and herbs from her garden...I'm still working on that one zucchini even though I've already made so many dishes with it! I love your idea of combining zucchini with cherries for a cake - that sounds perfect! Also a bonus that there's no added sugar...I love cakes that I can eat for breakfast :)ReplyDelete
Aren't those kind of coworkers the BEST- I have one that brings me in fresh asparagus in the Spring!Delete
Zucchini and cherries sound perfect together! I also really love how you filled in the bundt cake hole with fruit - great idea!ReplyDelete
The boring just looked so borning, so BAM! Cherries :)Delete
Geez Louise! I absolutely love your gorgeous cakes- this one is so drool-worthy! I've also been experimenting with other forms of sugar lately- I haven't touched my regular sugar in months! I too have been really digging the coconut sugar and dates.ReplyDelete
Awesome recipe, Heather! :-)
Thanks Kristy! Funny that you say that, I hadn't realzed how long its been since I have pulled out my standard sugar- pretty cool Huh!Delete
what a creative recipe! i love the addition of zucchini! it's such a sneaky lil veggie :) haha gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I know right! Thanks for stopping by Caralyn , have a great weekend :)Delete
I love this recipe -- so new and different, but would I be able to substitute anything for the dates?ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, I am so happy that you like the recipe :)
I would try subbing in 2 medium very ripe banana's in place of the dates and reduce the water to 1/2 cup and see where the consistency is, you may or may not need to add the additional 1/3 cup of water. I have not tried it this way, but let me know if you do and how it works for you!
If you are looking for a replacement for the date glaze, you could really sub in any of your favorite standard glazes - a maple or standard vanilla would compliment the cake well - it might be nice to blend in some cherries into the glaze too!
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