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Chocolate Deception Cake 1 final

As you hand your child something healthy to eat, they ask “What is thiiiiiis??”  “Honey, it’s good, it’s really, really yummy,” you say as reassuringly as you can.  Your child takes a long, scrutinizing look at it, makes a face and holds it out to you with an emphatic, “I don’t want it!”  Does this conversation sound at all familiar?

None of us want to lie to our children (“No, that’s not zucchini, it’s…it’s…”).  So we try to cleverly camouflage healthy foods by slipping them into smoothies, grinding them up in meats, stuffing them between the fork tines (well, maybe not the last one), hoping they won’t even notice in the first place.  Sweet deception.

Let me ask you something.  If you showed this cake to your kids, would they turn it down?  I didn’t think so.  Now, come closer so I can whisper something in your ear…..this cake is the ULTIMATE DECEPTION!  Would you believe me if I told you it was 100% whole wheat, made with honey and buttermilk, and had 2 whole cups of zucchini in it?  Well, it’s true!  I created this on a whim last night after the kids were in bed, envisioning a healthily deceptive treat I could offer them the next day.  In examining this rich and decadent cake, I immediately decided to call it Chocolate Deception Cake.

So whether you’re trying to feed your kids healthier treats or eat healthier yourself, this cake is for you!  A rich, moist, finger-licking dark chocolate decadent cake oozing with a drippy chocolate honey glaze.

(And doesn’t this cake look fabulous with my Oma’s (German grandmother’s) gold leaf-rimmed china?)

Let’s get started!

Using your hands, squeeze as much liquid out of the squash as you can.  This will leave you with about 1 cup of densely packed squash.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, add the sugar and eggs and  beat until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add the oil, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder and beat until combined.  Add the buttermilk and beat for another 30 seconds.

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Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the squash until the strands are separated and combined with the batter.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter and gently fold it in, just until combined.  Be careful not to stir too much.   Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

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Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

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Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

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Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack.  Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and setting it on the wire rack to cool completely.

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To make the chocolate honey glaze:  Bring the honey and sugar to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.  Turn off the heat and add the chocolate and let it sit until melted.  Stir the mixture until combined.  Add the sugar and stir until thoroughly combined and smooth.  Once the loaf is fully cooled, poke some small holes across the top to allow the glaze to seep in, and pour the glaze over the entire top of the loaf, allowing it to run down the sides.  Let the loaf stand for at least 20 minutes before serving.  Note:  The glaze will remain soft.  Store in a cake saver.

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Ingredients

For the Loaf:

  • 2 cup grated zucchini or yellow squash (leave the skin on and use the small holes of the grater.  Thoroughly squeeze the liquid out with your hands, you will be left with about 1 tightly packed cup).  Note:  I used yellow squash in the loaf featured in the pictures.  Your kids won’t be able to detect a single trace of it!
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (1 cup if you prefer a sweeter cake)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 1/2 if you prefer more)

For the Chocolate Honey Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Using your hands, squeeze as much liquid out of the squash as you can.  This will leave you with about 1 cup of densely packed zucchini.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, add the sugar and eggs and  beat until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add the oil, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder and beat until combined.  Add the buttermilk and beat for another 30 seconds.

Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the squash until the strands are separated and combined with the batter.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter and gently fold it in, just until combined.  Be careful not to stir too much.   Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack.  Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and setting it on the wire rack to cool completely.

To make the chocolate honey glaze:  Bring the honey and sugar to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.  Turn off the heat and add the chocolate and let it sit until melted.  Stir the mixture until combined.  Add the sugar and stir until thoroughly combined and smooth.  Once the loaf is fully cooled, poke some small holes across the top to allow the glaze to seep in, and pour the glaze over the entire top of the loaf, allowing it to run down the sides.  Let the loaf stand for at least 20 minutes before serving.  Note:  The glaze will remain soft.  Store in a cake saver.

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