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Zucchini- Pecan Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Can’t you relate to this post about receiving an over-whelming number of zucchinis?

Everyone I know keeps trying to give me zucchini.

My friends. My co-workers. My mom. I imagine that if I got out more, I might even be offered zucchini by total strangers. Because for some reason, everyone who has a zucchini garden (and that’s about every third person I talk to) suddenly has more zucchini than they know what to do with.

Are zucchinis, like, the Gremlins of the plant kingdom? You water them, and they spawn a bazillion others? Is that what’s going on here? What is with all this zucchini?

I’ve declined several generous offers of this ridiculously prolific summer squash on account of the fact that I don’t ever really eat any vegetables, which has probably occurred to you if you read this blog with any regularity.

But the other day I picked up the August issue of Bon Appétit and saw a spread on recipes that incorporate summer veggies. A few of those recipes were for zucchini. And one of those zucchini recipes was a cake.

I LOVE CAKE!

Now, I realize zucchini cake doesn’t sound all that enticing, especially to people who, like me, think having lettuce on a cheeseburger once in a while satisfies the USDA’s dietary guidelines for good health.

But this cake is really just carrot cake minus the carrots, and plus zucchini. And that equals DELICIOUS.

It’s also not completely unhealthy! Besides zucchini and pecans — health food! — the recipe uses olive oil instead of butter. It also calls for brown sugar instead of white, and though I’m unable to back this up with any scientifically sound evidence, I’m pretty sure brown sugar is good for you. You know, like how brown bread is more nutritious than white bread. Same rules totally apply.

Anyway. My co-workers (the ones brave enough to try it, anyway) gobbled the cake up. Two of them came back for seconds. Another, after devouring his slice in record time, deemed the cake “exquisite.” (I’m sure he was at least partially serious.) So if you can persuade people to try it, they’ll like it.

Oh, and guess what? I had to go to the grocery store to buy zucchini for this cake. How’s that for irony.

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup olive oil (not extra-virgin)
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups coarsely grated zucchini (about 8 ounces)
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans (more for garnish, if desired)

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (do not use reduced-fat or fat-free), room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper, and coat it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until well combined. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla, then fold in flour the mixture. Stir in the grated zucchini and pecans, and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean — the original recipe said this would take about 45 minutes, but my cake was done after 35 minutes, so keep an eye on it. Once the cake is done, let it cool completely in the pan on a rack. When it’s cool, turn the cake out onto a platter and carefully peel off the parchment paper.
  4. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla and cinnamon, and mix until combined. Slather the frosting on the cake, and top with toasted pecans, if desired.
Read more: http://sloblogs.thetribunenews.com/andallthetrimmings/zucchini-pecan-cake-with-cinnamon-cream-cheese-frosting/#ixzz0uc4r7JKU

Octopus Cakes Make Me Laugh

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I don’t know about you but I really love giant sea animals and they make me laugh. Okay, chalk it up to my irreverent sense of humor or just assume that I don’t have a clue…. that being said, this cake makes me laugh ridiculously hard. Enjoy!

octopuscake(Courtesy of Cake Wrecks)

Off-beat Wedding Cakes for Gamers

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

What an amazing post to stumble across….

We’ve all seen video game-themed
cakes before, but rare is the time when one takes center stage at a
wedding. Here are some video game-themed wedding cakes that made Offbeat
Bride’s Geeky Wedding cut:

Some video game themed wedding cakes you probably haven't seen

So what if it’s the wrong color? It looks cute.

Some video game themed wedding cakes you probably haven't seen

This
cake isn’t nearly as strange as the full-blow Katamari
Damacy-themed wedding
.

Some video game themed wedding cakes you probably haven't seen

Words
fail us. But in a good way.

Some video game themed wedding cakes you probably haven't seen

Actually, this is a wedding cake AJ Glasser has seen
before
. Still pretty awesome, though.

Join the Blogomania Twitter Party Today

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Stop into the Blogomania Twitter party today and you will have a chance to win a free cake! Here’s how:

Info on the Twitter Party:

9:30-10:30pm EST – SUNDAY AUGUST 22 – we will party!

There is a custom tweet grid and a linky for early RSVP. RSVP’ing early also enters you into special drawings. You do not have to RSVP to tweet and win but the ‘extra’ will not be available.

You can win both the blog blast and at the twitter party!

RSVP at BreeBee’s

Want to win free cake tomorrow?

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Here’s how! Join in the Blogomania Twitter party.

Blogmania bloggers are all about building relationships – between our blogs, our cherished readers, the online community and business owners. We value each other’s opinion as we all are endeavoring to make the best choices for our home life. So it seemed natural to partner up with The Lane Real Estate Team and Breebee’s blog to bring you our first ever twitter and blog blast party.

The Lane Real Estate Team is all about building relationships through communities – specializing in Kennewick Homes for Sale.

And Bree is a blogger – and a mom – trying to think outside of the box and help build community ties in NW Columbus OH via her Kid event website!

Our other Twitter party sponsors are also offering items to help strengthen and maintain relationships – from stationary to hand stamped sentiments.

Our Party Theme: “Building toward Blogmania with The Lane Real Estate Team” [http://www.joelane.com/]

Info on the Blog Blast:

If you post on your blog(s) our announcement between now and the twitter party you will be entered to win $100 cash. If we reach 500 blogs there will be two additional $50 drawings, totaling 3 winners! You can email me, breejanderson@gmail.com, or blogmaniapr@gmail.com for the HTML code for blog(s) links and some posting specific OR ask the post owner for info and that blog owner will provide you an HTML code. Please return with your specific blog post links on Bree’s Blog, under her Twitter Party PAGE tab.

Info on the Twitter Party:

9:30-10:30pm EST – SUNDAY AUGUST 22 – we will party!

There is a custom tweet grid and a linky for early RSVP. RSVP’ing early also enters you into special drawings. You do not have to RSVP to tweet and win but the ‘extra’ will not be available.

You can win both the blog blast and at the twitter party!

RSVP at BreeBee’s

Post this on your blog and be entered to win the $100 (and possibly 2 other $50) cash awards!

Go here to check out all of the Blogmania blogs who are offering sneak previews and ways to get extra entries before the September 15 and 16 event.

Hello, Birthdays

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Do you know that John Stamos, Bill Clinton, Peter Gallagher, LeAnn Womack and Kyra Sedgwick were all born today? Who do you think is most deserving of a Bake Me A Wish birthday gift?

A Cake Joke

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

A baker is just getting ready lock his front door when a man rushes up. “I need to have a cake made right now!” he exclaims.

“I’m sorry,” replies the baker. “But I was just closing up. I’ve dismissed my staff; I’ve shut down my machines; I’m afraid you’ll have to come back tomorrow.”

“I can’t wait until tomorrow!” insists the man. “It’s absolutely imperative that this cake be made right now!”

The baker always liked to think of himself as a nice guy, so he says, “All right, I’ll see what I can do.” He goes inside and turns all his appliances back on. He then approaches the counter and ties on his apron. “Okay, what is it you need?”

The man whips out a sketch from his pocket. It’s a very well drawn depiction of a cake. “It has to look just like this,” says the man. “Exactly one foot wide, one foot long, and six inches tall. White frosting, blue icing, and a red cursive “S” in the middle. Just like this.”

Somewhat startled, the baker ponders the sketch for a few moments and replies. “I think I can do that. It will be ready in about half an hour.”

“Half an hour!?” exclaims the man. “That won’t do. I need this in fifteen minutes.”

“Fifteen minutes?” responds the baker. “I’m not sure I can do that. I suppose I might be able to get it done that fast if I used some pre-made dough. It wouldn’t taste as good but…”

“I don’t care. Just get to it, please,” blurts the man, while checking his watch frantically.

So the baker goes back and makes the cake. He works faster than he ever has before, and somehow produces the cake in just under fifteen minutes. He presents it to the man fresh out of the oven. “Will this be sufficient?” he asks.

The man takes a measuring tape from his pocket. He checks the length, width, and height very carefully. He then compares it to the sketch. Suddenly, a look of horror comes across his face. “No no!” he exclaims. “The ‘s’ is the wrong shade of red! It has to be the same shade as the sketch. Oh, what will I do now??”

“Calm down,” says the baker. “If the shade really is a problem I think I can re-ice it. It may take a few more minutes…”

“You can?” asks the man anxiously. “Well please, get going!”

So the baker quickly takes the cake back and puts on a new “S”. A few minutes later he brings it back to the visibly distraught man. “There you go. Is this what you were looking for?” he asks.

Once again the man scrutinizes the cake, checking every detail. He compares the shades of red, and this time decides they’re all right. “Okay” says the man quickly, “this is good. Can I pay you now.”

“Of course,” says the baker, hastily readying the cash register. “Now, the boxes we have available are over here. Do you want to pick one out?”

“Oh no, that won’t be necessary,” answers the man. “I’ll eat it here.”

From: http://www.rebas.se/humor/jokes.shtml

I don’t know what to say– Sea Creature Cake Wrecks

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

squidcake

A squid?

crabcake

A crab?

What kind of beach themed cake wrecks can you find?