Special Diets | 21 July 2015Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Vanilla Spiced Cream Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Vegetables in cake may sound scary to some, but the zucchini found in this recipe from Paleo Sweets and Treats does nothing but make it moist and delicious – and makes it better for you! Paired with the vanilla spiced cream, this cake is sure to be a hit at your next celebration. Birthdays come once a year. Why not make them special with a three-layer chocolate cake? The zucchini adds moisture to the cake, which makes it even more decadent. For cake: 8 Medjool dates, pitted 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water 9 eggs ½ cup (109 g) extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted ½ cup (125 g) unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract ¾ cup (180 ml) coconut milk 1 cup (120 g) coconut flour ½ cup (60 g) cacao powder 1 teaspoon (4.6 g) baking soda 1 teaspoon (2.3 g) ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon sea salt 1¼ cups (138 g) shredded zucchini For vanilla spiced cream: 2 cups (270 g) raw cashews, soaked in water overnight 1 cup (235 ml) canned coconut milk 2 Medjool dates, pitted 1½ tablespoons (22 ml) maple syrup ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped, and pod discarded For topping: Dark chocolate shavings (optional) Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Grease three 8-inch (20 cm) round cake pans or two 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pans with coconut oil and lightly dust with coconut flour. To make the cakes: Place the Medjool dates in a microwave-safe bowl with the water and heat on high for 30 seconds. Drain some of the water, leaving about 1 tablespoon (15 ml), then use a fork to mash the dates until smooth. Place the Medjool dates in a food processor along with the eggs, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut milk and process until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, cacao powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the food processor with the date mixture and process until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the zucchini. Evenly distribute the batter among the prepared cake pans and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely. To make the cream: Drain the cashews. In a food processor, combine the cashews, coconut milk, dates, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla bean seeds and process until very smooth. Spread the cream on the top of one of the cooled cakes, just coating the top. Gently place the second cake layer on top of the cream layer. Repeat with the third cake, if using. Then spread additional cream on the top of third cake. Sprinkle the dark chocolate shavings on top of the cake. The cake can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days. — Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: The Paleo diet has swept the nation as a huge nutritional and lifestyle trend that many have embraced. The question is what is the modern dessert lover to do when traditional baking ingredients such as flours, grains, dairy, and sugar are off the table? Never fear–you can have your cake and your Paleo lifestyle too! Written by Heather Connell, author of the popular blog, Multiply Delicious, Paleo Sweets and Treats shows you how to bake delicious treats using fresh, seasonal produce, natural sweeteners, and nutritionally dense, grain-free flours. You won’t miss out on anything with treats such as: Dark Chocolate Pot de Crème with Roasted Cherries, Sweet Potato Tarts, Orange Pomegranate Cupcakes, and Mango Coconut Sherbert. This paleo diet dessert cookbook gives you easy-to-make indulgent treats to let you stay the Paleo course. This collection of seasonally-focused recipes gives you Paleo-friendly options for any dessert craving. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.