Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light olive oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar – let stand 5 minutes)
2 cups grated un-peeled zucchini (about 2 medium zucchinis)
1 6-ounce package (about 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Grate 2 cups of Zucchini and set aside.

Cream togehter butter, oil and sugar in large bowl.

Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.

Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to creamed butter sugar mixture

Fold in grated zucchini.

Pour into a 9×13 greased and floured baking pan. Top with chocolate chips and nuts if desired. Bake at 325°F for about 50 minutes.

Test with toothpick for doneness.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light olive oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar – let stand 5 minutes)
2 cups grated un-peeled zucchini (about 2 medium zucchinis)
1 6-ounce package (about 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and oil in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions each. Mix in grated zucchini. Pour batter into prepared pan. If desired Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over top.
Bake cake at 325°F until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake completely in pan.

Optional Icing
3 tablespoons butter
1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add cocoa and remove pan from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.

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