Little Lion is going through a few weeks of super dooper fussy pants eating. Things he usually eats happily have been declared, “sgusting” (disgusting) and my patience for it is wearing very thin indeed. As I’m not sure how long he can live on home-made muesli and puffed corn I am veggie smuggling.
Most Sunday mornings after breakfast, I do some baking and this morning I thought I’d try my hand a refined sugar free cake using some of the large number of zucchinis we have (pity I can’t make a tomato “cake” cos we have a heck of a lot of those from the garden too!).
It’s a very moist cake indeed and the boys have devoured a row for morning tea.
- 1 large apple
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 eggs
- 2 medium zucchini, grated
- 2 cups flour – I used a combination of rye, wholemeal and plain
- 1/2 cup cacao – sieve if necessary
- 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius, lightly grease a cake tin of your choice. I used a 22cm square dish.
2. Dice apple and cook until soft – I did mine in the microwave with a dash of water – and squish with the back of a fork or food processor type gadget to make a “sauce”. Frankly, I didn’t want to make too many dishes so I just roughly did it with a fork.
3. Add butter, honey, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla to a large bowl (or in your stand mixer if you like) mixing until a lovely cream has been formed.
4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
5. Gently fold in flour, zucchini, apple, cacao and yoghurt to the butter mixture. If it isn’t looking quite cake-y enough do feel free to add a little more yoghurt.
6. Pour in to cake tin and bake for around 25 minutes, depending on the size of the tin you use. When tested, a cake skewer should come out pretty clean.
7. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then invert to cool on a cake rack.
These are going to be lunchbox fare for Bebito too and despite his initial hesitation – he spied the zucchini straight away – he loved it.