It’s a cake and no substitution for one’s vegetable intake. To avoid a dense cake, the grated zucchini is completely squeezed out of its juices. Sprinkling the grated zucchini with a bit of sugar forces the liquid out, lessening the wait to start the cake. Two pounds of zucchini yields 1 cup of grated zucchini and 3/4 cup of juice. The recipe is easily adaptable to an orange or a lemon zucchini cake. The loaves were not very high, but considering the delicate crumb, it is best to serve the cake in thicker slices.

Citrus Zucchini Loaf Cake

2 pounds of zucchini [2 medium], grated
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon

4 Tbsp soft unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
juice of 1 lemon

  • Cut off the ends of two zucchinis.
  • Wash and grate.
  • Place in a bowl and toss with 2 Tbsp sugar.
  • Let it stand for 20 minutes.
  • Drain and squeeze out ALL the juice. Discard juice.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper.
  • Beat the oil, 1 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, lemon extract for 4 minutes.
  • Add the juice of 1 orange and the lemon juice and beat to incorporate. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the orange and lemon zest and the fully drained zucchinis and whisk to incorporate.
  • Add the liquid mixture and stir just to combine.
  • Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let the loaves cool down completely.
  • Gently remove from pan, discard parchment and place on a tray.
  • Combine the frosting ingredients and whip on high speed for 4 minutes.
  • Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cakes. 
  • To fully appreciate the wonderful crumbs serve at room temperature. 

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