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Recipe - Marilyn's Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Recipe - Marilyn's Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Here is another recipe from the cookbook that my mother and wife created more than thirty years ago. 

This recipe is a family favorite and people cannot tell that there is zucchini in the cake. 

Marilyn's Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

1 stick of margarine

1/2 cup of oil

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup of buttermilk

2 1/2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 heaping tablespoons cocoa

2 cups of shredded zucchini

1/2 cup of chocolate bits

1/2 cup of nuts (optional)

Combine margarine, oil, eggs and sugar. Add vanilla and buttermilk. 

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa in a sifter. 

Sift dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Lastly add zucchini, chocolate bits and nuts to mixture. 

Using a 9x13 inch pan, make sure that the pan is well greased and add batter to the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. 

Once the cake is cool, ice with your favorite frosting. In our pictures we added peanut butter frosting. 

Image of 3 pieces of chocolate zucchini cake with peanut butter frosting. - Dailey Woodworking
Recent experiments

Recent experiments

Recently I've been experimenting more with stabilizing wood and also with dying wood during the stabilizing process. So far I've stabilized the following woods: Birdseye Maple, Box Elder Burl, Cherry Burl, Curly Maple, Maple Burl and Redwood Burl. I've dyed and stabilized the following woods: Box Elder Burl with the color blue and Curly Maple with the color green. 

Stabilizing is a process where as much moisture is cooked out of the wood as possible and then the wood is put in to a vacuum chamber with resin. The vacuum pulls the air in the wood out of the wood and replaces it with the resin. If I want to add color to the wood I just mix the resin with a dye and then do the process of putting the wood into the vacuum chamber with the dyed resin. The wood is generally under vacuum for an hour or more and then left to soak in the resin (or resin and dye) for hours or sometimes a day or more. Once this part is done, I then take the wood out of the chamber and wrap the pieces in aluminum foil and put them in to the oven to cook the wood again. Don't worry, I have a separate toaster oven that I do this in and I don't use our kitchen oven for this process. After allowing the wood to cool sufficiently, I take off the foil and I'm ready to start the turning process with the stabilized wood. 


Dyed and stabilized woods used in bottle stoppers and pizza cutters

From left to right in the picture above

Dyed Green Box Elder Burl t-handle bottle stopper and corkscrew combination

Dyed Blue Box Elder Burl t-handle bottle stopper and corkscrew combination

Dyed Green Curly Maple handle on the pizza cutter

Stabilized Birdseye Maple t-handle bottle stopper and corkscrew combination