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Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Custard Sauce

The minute I can get my hands on zucchini, I start making this light and luscious cake. For years it was an often-ordered dessert at my sister's deli. —Peggy Linton, Cobourg, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • CUSTARD SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 10-in. plain or fluted tube pan. In another bowl, beat sugar, oil and butter until well blended. Gradually beat in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips and almonds.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool.
  • For sauce, in a large saucepan, mix sugar, flour and cornstarch. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Gently stir in butter and extract. Serve warm with cake. Cover and refrigerate leftover sauce.
Editor’s Note: For easier removal of cakes, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.

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