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SSB - Week 7 - Zucchini Olive Oil Cake

This week Jan chose Zucchini Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Crunch Glaze, which can be found on page 94 of Gina DePalma's fabulous book: Dolce Italiano.
After seeing our results from these first seven weeks of baking, I don't know how anyone could resist going straight away to buy Gina's book.

I was up very early this morning and started my cake as soon as I had the coffee brewing.

I obsessively and compusively measured and arranged all my ingredients.

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Then I set to work on the cake. I was especially proud of myself for sticking faithfully to Gina's directions throughout the entire process.... until I got to the very end. Then, true to form, I gave in to the urge to make just one tiny little change. Instead of dusting the glaze with powdered sugar, I sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar. I love cinnamon.

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I love the way the skin of the zucchini flecks the cake. It adds such a pretty color contrast.

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We didn't wait for the cake to completely cool before we enjoyed it for brunch. It is a good think there is no early morning management meeting tomorrow. I don't think Dan would let me out the door with this cake. In fact, as I type this, I can hear him downstairs in the kitchen. That would be his third piece in 2 hours.

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Comments (4)

Oh, cinnamon sugar - great idea. I completely forgot to dust mine with powdered sugar, it was perfectly fine without it. Don't you just love the lemon glaze? And I'm glad you took some close-up shots of the cake, it does look pretty.

Deborah responds: Yes, Krista. The Lemon glaze is so good. So easy, too. A friend of mine makes an espresso cake that I'm thinking the lemon glaze would be interesting on. Kind of like the twist of peel in your cafe.

Jan:

Deb,
My husband went wild for this cake too. It is absolutely a keeper!
jan

Kim:

I forgot the powdered sugar too but didn't think it needed it - the glaze left such a nice sheen on the cake.

Deborah responds: For some reason, my glaze soaked into my cake a lot more than the others did, so I didn't have the same sheen.

I love how you have everything measured out like that! It looks like a cooking show! Very cool.

Deborah responds: You busted me. I'm just a celebrity chef wanna-be. ::grin::

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