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Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze

 Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze
This moist and mouthwatering cake has a rich chocolate flavor, a hint of orange and is chock-full of zucchini and nuts. —Barbara Worrel, Granbury, Texas
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with
  • flour.

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Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • applesauce and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and
  • soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well
  • after each addition. Fold in the zucchini, walnuts and orange peel.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until
  • a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool
  • completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients. Drizzle over cake.
  • Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 282 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 273 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.