Mini Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Microwave Convectiion Cooking

Use extra zucchini for a yummy chocolate cake. This recipe makes one mini cake in a mixing bowl or 6 individual cakes in the bakery-sized muffin cups. Freeze extra zucchini, shredded, in 1-cup quantities, for enjoying this recipe throughout the year. This has been a popular recipe at recent classes. 


1/3 cup cooking oil 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 egg 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips 

1. Preheat microwave-oven to 350 degrees.

2. Blend sugar with oil in 1 or 1-1/2-qt. silicone mixing bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in zucchini and sour cream. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and mini chips. Stir together until blended. Wipe sides of bowl. 

3. COMBO-BAKE with 10 to 20% microwave and 350 degrees for 19 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool; loosen sides of cake from bowl; invert onto serving plate. Serve plain or frosted.  

About 6 Servings

TIPS  >Cake can be baked in 4 to 6 Texas-sized silicone muffin cups. Reduce time to 14 to 16 minutes. When cool; loosen side of cup; invert to remove from cup, gently squeezing bottom of cup. 

>Cake freezes well. 

>When a high heat silicone bowl is not available, pour batter into 8-inch round baking dish (grease if not silicone). Combo-Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Use a silicone spatula to cut into serving pieces. 

>Measure shredded zucchini and freeze in 1-cup portions for using in recipes like this. Thaw before using. 


From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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