We have a lot of zucchini. And I was desperate to do something new with it!
So I decided on pound cake.
I have made approximately five pounds of pound cake in the last three days.
But it was of vital importance to me that the recipe I ultimately shared be perfect.
Perfection. Perfect-a-ding-a-ling-dong. The perfecta-nator.
And after tweaking numerous pound cake recipes I think I have finally created one that will accommodate a lot of zucchini.
And still taste delicious.
AND be made in a way I could easily share.
I got this fabulous pan from Chicago Metallic.
I just adore the mini size of each little cake.
The smaller size means that every single person got the experience the beautiful fine outer crumb of the pound cake, but still taste the sweet delicate interior as well.
Here is the thing.
I made a true pound cake. I followed Alton Browns directions and tweaked it slightly to accommodate the zucchini.
It was really dense and didnt hold up to the extra moisture well at all.
(I am sure his original recipe is fabulous!)
Anyway, long story short, the recipe I ended up with is not a true pound cake, but it does produce the beautiful crumb and velvety interior of a pound cake.
Am I making any sense at all?
It just occurred to me that I say that a lot.
Tips for success:
Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature, especially if you are using the tube pan.
Use well prepared pans. Either use the traditional butter and flour method or use a good quality baking spray.
Make sure your zucchini is as dry as possible.
Do not substitute flours in this recipe.
Share it with people you love. (optional, but good for the soul)
I really wanted to share these with some friends who are having a tough time, so I just grabbed some Christmas ribbon (the very cheap kind you get at Wal-mart for .99 after Christmas-it has a soft felt front and a plastic back) wrapped the cake once, then binded with a thin twine.
They stay good for 1-3 days, more if refrigerated.
You can also create a simple lemon glaze to pour over.
If you want to include this in the care package, just put the glaze in a jar or ziplock bag.
Simple Lemon Glaze
1 cup powder sugar
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp water
Mix and serve.
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