Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (lite okay or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, loosely laid in measuring cup then wrung-out very well in paper towels (about 1 medium zucchini grated on the coarsest blade of a box grater)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer and recommend using mini-sized chips, but regular-sized may be substituted)

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used regular-sized)
  • 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 12-cup Bundt or tube-cake pan very well with floured cooking spray making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add the eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream, vanilla extract and whisk to combine until mixture is smooth and silky.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix or cake will be tougher. Batter is thick by design to handle the moisture from the zucchini.
  4. Add the zucchini and stir to combine. It’s important that you wring the zucchini out in paper towels before adding it or it could release too much water as it bakes, turning the batter too soupy and cake may not set well.
  5. Add the chocolate chips (I find mini chips sink less and stay more evenly distributed within the cake) and turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula if necessary, and give it a slam on the counter to release any air. Bake for about 38 to 42 minutes (I baked 40 minutes), or until top has set, is lightly golden browned, or a toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. Due to the chocolate chips, you may hit some chocolate patches with the toothpick test. Because the moisture content in zucchini varies greatly, and due to climate and oven variances, baking times could vary; bake your cake until it’s done. Allow cake to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before inverting and releasing cake from pan and placing it on a rack to finish cooling. While cake cools, make the ganache.
  6. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and heat on high power for 1 minute to soften chocolate; set aside.
  7. To a small microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, add the cream (I used half-and-half) and heat on high power just until it begins to bubble and show signs of just beginning to boil (don’t actually allow it to boil), about 45 to 60 seconds.
  8. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let it stand about 1 minute. Whisk vigorously until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth and velvety.
  9. Add the vanilla and whisk to combine. Set aside for about 5 minutes, allowing ganache to cool and thicken a bit.
  10. Whisk mixture briefly before preparing to drizzle it over the cake. Ganache will set up a bit with time, but remains quite soft and drippy. Cake will keep for airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days. If the weather is very warm, you may prefer to store cake in the fridge so ganache stays firmer, noting that storing cakes in the fridge has a tendency to dry them out.

Rolo Chocolate Chip Blondies

Rolo Chocolate Chip Blondies

Rolo Chocolate Chip Blondies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • about 36 Rolo candies, unwrapped (buy the 12-ounce bag, you’ll use about 3/4 of it. Note – If you don’t have access to Rolos, unfortunately there are no substitutions)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  6. Turn slightly more than half the batter out into prepared pan (about 60% or so, just eyeball it so that the bottom of the pan is completely covered, albeit thin coverage); set remaining batter aside.
  7. Evenly place the Rolos in the pan so that each Rolo is sitting on it’s ‘base’ rather than laying on its side. I made 6 rows of 6 Rolos each.
  8. Drop remaining batter over the Rolos in heaping rounded tablespoons. Use a spatula to smooth the ‘blobs’ of batter together. You won’t have complete coverage and that’s okay because batter expands a bit while baking and some of the balder patches ‘grow togther’.
  9. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until top is set in center and done; don’t overbake. Blondies firm up as they cool. A toothpick test is unreliable because you will likely hit melted chocolate or caramel, but if you hit a patch of dough, the toothpick should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 90 minutes before slicing and serving. Blondies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Gooey Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

Gooey Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

Gooey Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Filling
  • 2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, plus about 2 tablespoons for sprinkling over the top (mini chips highly recommended although regular sized chips may be substituted if absolutely necessary)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2.  To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric mixer), add all ingredients and beat on low speed until combined and a dough forms, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn dough out into prepared pan in an even, smooth, flat layer, using a spatula or your fingers to smooth it. Pierce crust with a fork in a dozen places so steam can escape while it bakes. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until crust has just barely set. It should not be golden or browned and should still be white, but crusted over and set. While crust bakes, make the filling.
  3. To a small bowl, add the corn syrup, water, vanilla, and stir to combine; set aside.
  4. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric mixer; the same bowl you already used is fine, just wipe it out with a paper towel), add the butter, sugar, salt, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and combined, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes.
  6. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add half the flour, half the corn syrup and water, and beat on low speed until smooth and combined, about 1 minute.
  7. Add the remaining flour, remaining corn syrup and water, and beat on low speed until smooth and combined, about 1 minute.
  8. Add the chocolate chips and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  9. Turn filling out over crust (I didn’t wait for crust to cool) in an even, smooth, flat layer, using a spatula to smooth it.
  10. Evenly sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.
  11. Bake for about 23 to 25 minutes, or until edges have set, the center is mostly set (some jiggle is fine), and the top has a few light golden brown spots. Don’t overbake or they won’t be as gooey. Allow bars to cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 week.