I finally got around to trying my hand at baking something complex. I did make some mini-financiers au miel earlier this year, but those where kind of simple. Tonight was the third time baking in all the years I’ve been in the kitchen. All three times happened this year. Today made a chocolate and zucchini cake. The recipe is from the aptly named book, Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen, by Clotilde Dusoulier. I bought the book a while back when it was on one of the end of the shelf displays at Border’s.
I was originally going to bake this cake for my immediate family mostly because they are my primary guinea pigs for my cooking. This afternoon I found out there was a big family dinner with my extended family which amounts to thirty plus people. A lot of them cook for a living. This made for some extreme pressure. My extended family are brutally critical with everything and even more so when it comes to food so I really didn’t want to mess up. This being my first cake I have ever made, I figured the odds were not good, but I did my best.
The cake did turn out to be really good. The zucchini really helped to keep the cake moist and gave it a great texture. I ended up eating three pieces myself. Several people got seconds. Overall, I am completely happy with the way it turned out. Nothing is wrong with the recipe. It is amazing the way it is. Next time, I’m going to add some chocolate glaze and maybe serve it with a side of vanilla ice cream.
After baking the chocolate and zucchini cake, I’m inspired to make more desserts. I must also say that I highly recommend to anyone who likes cooking, to get Chocolate & Zucchini. It’s a great book. It includes recipes that cover all courses from starters to desserts. The instructions are solid and Clotilde is all about flavor making her recipes sinfully good. It is, however, mainly a French cookbook. If you dislike that (I have no idea why one would) it may not be the book for you.