Home Made Summer-The Hearty-Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, this Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing from Home Made Summer Cookbook Review and Giveaway is so super fantabulous I can’t say it enough. This cake brings back childhood memories of European cakes and pastries. It’s nutty, fruity and dense and tangy. The flavors mingle so nicely together and it tastes amazing cold with coffee!

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh grated zucchini, big juicy cranberries, plump raisins and roasted nuts are packed into this hearty and hearty healthy cake.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Seriously, if you don’t head to your kitchen and make this now, then head to the store, get the ingredients and make it this weekend!

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You won’t regret it!

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Ingredients:
2 cups self rising flour
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
Pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large zucchini, grated
1 cup raisins
1 cup cranberries
3/4 cup hazelnuts or mixed mixed nuts, toasted and chopped
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup canola oil
Cooking spray

Lemon glaze:
Finely grated zest of one lemon
1-2 Tb fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan or 1 1/2 quart baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Whisk together the self-rising flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the grated zucchini, cranberries, raisins and roasted nuts.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Beat the eggs, vanilla and oil in a separate bowl and combine with the flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake for 60-75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling on a rack, zest the lemon.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Juice the lemon and combine it with the lemon zest.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the lemon juice and zest 1/2 tablespoon at a time to the powdered sugar and mix well until it is the consistency of a thin yogurt.

Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slice and enjoy. Serves 16.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Adapted from Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven

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Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 277 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 43 g

Protein 4 g

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Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 8

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Zucchini Cake

  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts or mixed mixed nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • Cooking spray
  • For the Lemon glaze

  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 1-2 Tb fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan or 1 1/2 quart baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the self-rising flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the grated zucchini, cranberries, raisins and roasted nuts.
  4. Beat the eggs, vanilla and oil in a separate bowl and combine with the flour mixture.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 60-75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is cooling on a rack, zest the lemon. Juice the lemon and combine it with the lemon zest. Add the lemon juice and zest 1/2 tablespoon at a time to the powdered sugar and mix well until it is the consistency of a thin yogurt.
  8. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake, slice and serve.

 

Home Made Summer-Hearty, Sweet, & Spicy-Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Home Made Summer Giveaway | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Photo edit by Jennifer Tammy

It’s a Home Made Summer. When I think of Summer, I do think of home made foods. Home made salads and pastries bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh meats rubbed down with fresh herbs and spices. Food that makes your taste buds sing.

That is exactly what Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven is all about-fresh creations that are HOME MADE.

I had fun reviewing Yvette’s unique cookbook and browsing through so many recipe options.

 

I settled on something Hearty…

The Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing was bursting with nuts and fruits and vitamin packed zucchini, the cake itself dense and hearty. The lemon icing was the kicker-it offered the perfect amount of zing and sweetness and tied right into the cake. I really could eat this all day! (Recipe found here!)

Hearty Zucchini Cake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

I settled on something Sweet…

The Strawberry Peach Tart, which could be made with just about any fruit, was so close to perfection I wondered why I shouldn’t make this every week. I must have devoured 3 slices with my coffee the morning I made it. The crust was especially flaky and buttery and melted in my mouth and the fruit was just tart enough with the perfect amount of sweetness. Some fresh whipped cream on top finished it off nicely. (Recipe found here!)

Strawberry Peach Tart | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

I settled on something Spicy…

This unique Spice Rub can be made in advance and rubbed on just about any meat before it hits the grill. I chose Tri Tip for this particular rub, which consisted of Asian spices, fresh herbs, ground chiles and lemon zest. It was pretty good! (Recipe found here!)

Spicy Rubbed TriTip | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

All of these recipes were delicious and unique in their own ways.

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