Zucchini Cake with Crunchy Lemon glaze . . .

        City-dwellers have to buy zucchini, which probably seems like folly to those of you with gardens exploding with zucchini of all colors, shapes, and sizes. And although we know you’d be happy to send along your surplus, we’d rather you bake one of these cakes for yourself.

For the cake:

1 cup (135g) almonds, pecans, or walnuts, toasted

2 cups (280g) flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon dried ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 3/4 (350g) cups sugar

1 cup (250ml) extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups (300g) finely grated zucchini


For the lemon glaze:

1/4 cup (60ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar

1 cup (140g) powdered (confectioner’s) sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Grease a 10 cup (2.5l) bundt or tube cake pan* with non-stick spray or butter, dust with flour, then tap out any excess.


2. Pulse the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.


3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.


4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, 1 3/4 cup (350g) sugar, and olive oil for 3 minutes on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Stop and scrape down the sides of the mixer, then add the vanilla.


5. Mix in the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the mixer bowl to make sure everything is mixed in well, then beat on medium speed for 30 seconds.


6. Stir in the chopped nuts and zucchini.


7. Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan, smooth the top, then bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake has begun to pull away from the sides of the pan.


8. During the last few minutes of the cake baking, make the glaze by whisking together the lemon juice, 1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar, and powdered sugar.


9. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then carefully invert it onto a cooling rack. Brush the glaze over the cake with a pastry brush and let the cake cool completely.