Monday, September 14, 2009

Grandma Oney's Chocolate Zucchini Cake

It was a busy week here. It was our long week at work and the big festival/party was in town this weekend. Northfield is famous for being the town that stopped the Jesse James' gang. There was a shoot out at the bank in downtown Northfield with a local hero getting killed and the loss of gang members. After this raid, the gang went into hiding and is said to not have robbed again, or at least not as a gang. It is a HUGE celebration in town with food, art fairs, games, rides, re-enactments of the raid and of course, a parade. We had to miss it as it fell on our weekend to work-again. We did stop down on Thursday for Townie night (even though we aren't townies) and had some junk food. Oh, the pulled pork sandwiches-we wait for them every year! And who doesn't love shaved ice?

I was able to bake some treats, but looking at my photos, I only have pictures of this cake. I made 3 pans of bars and nary a picture. Hmmmm. Now, I called this Grandma Oney's cake. My Grandma was actually Grandma G. She had 3 boys, all who are married and all have kids. So now there was Grandma G and great-Grandma G. To make things easy, my cousin's kids just called her Grandma Oney, which is a play on her name, Iona. My kids called her Grandma G only because my Dad was married twice and to keep things simple they refer to their grandmas on my side as Grandma Karen and Grandma Sue. Long story to get through just for a recipe, eh?

Grandma Oney's Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Cream butter, oil and sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Add dry ingredients that have been sifted together, add buttermilk alternately. Add vanilla and zucchini. Put in greased 9x13 pan. Top with nuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes.

Super easy and was gone in a flash at work. I was told to use all the extra zucchini I had to make some more to bring in. Guess I need to flag that page in the cookbook!

I visited Penzey's today and loaded up on some spices. It is cooling down a little and this is when I love to cook. If I could live somewhere that was 70 during the day and 50 at night, I would be the most happy of campers. And I know I have said that before, and will probably say it more in the future. Just need to find that little spot of heaven!
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noble pig said...

With those weather conditions, sounds like Oregon would be perfect for you.

tamilyn said...

I know. I keep telling Dude that we need to win the lottery and move out there, but so far it hasn't happened. I'll keep trying!

Pam said...

I love chocolate zucchini bread so I am certain I would love this cake.

Bob said...

I've always wanted to try zucchini cake, but I've never gotten around to making it. Looks awesome!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I know I would like this cake and now i have another way to sneak veggies in on my unsuspecting picky eaters!