Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lemon Zucchini Bundt Cake

I haven't been giving you too many desserts lately, not really on purpose, I just haven't been baking as much. Mostly because those treats pack on the pounds way too quickly and well, I certainly don't need any extra. But over the weekend, I felt we deserved a treat. And I incorporated zucchini, so that makes it better, right?

For you zucchini haters, it simply added a bit of green specks into the cake and maybe a tiny bit of extra nutrients. As far as taste, the lemon shines through for sure! I want to enjoy any last bit of summer we might have and this cake sure feels like summer.

As a baker, I don't mind spending a significant amount of time on a recipe when I'm able to. It's relaxing to me and a good way to relieve stress. But I have to admit, I love the simplicity of bundt cakes. While easy to mix up, they're still elegant enough for parties and celebrations. I topped mine with a simple lemon glaze. Whipped cream and berries are another great option or a simple powdered sugar dusting will do the trick.

Those zucchinis still sitting on the counter....add one into this cake batter. Then serve it up to the family, just because, they deserve a special treat every once in awhile!

Lemon Zucchini Bundt Cake

2 sticks butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
zest and juice of 1 large lemon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup grated zucchini
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour
1 cup whole milk
1 cup sour cream

For lemon glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
juice from one lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or butter a bundt pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in zest, lemon juice, vanilla and grated zucchini. Add in eggs, one at a time. Slowly start to add in dry ingredients, alternating with the milk and sour cream. I like to mix in salt, baking powder and then one cup of flour, then add in a little bit of the milk and sour cream. Then finish with the remaining dry and wet ingredients.

Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan, use a spatula to smooth out batter. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pan. Once cooled, you may run a knife along edges and flip over to remove from pan.

To make glaze: Mix together powdered sugar and juice from a lemon until smooth.

Pour glaze over cake. Cut into slices to serve.

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