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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

♥ Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze ♥

1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup fat-free milk
3 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Fold in the zucchini, walnuts and orange peel.

Transfer to prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients. Drizzle over cake.

Yield: 16 servings.

~~ Healthy Cooking August/September 2011~~

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