So zucchini is on again at my house. My one plant is going crazy, just like last year. I’ve been making recipes that I loved from last year, but I am also trying out a bunch of new recipes too. Now, I have a great zucchini cake/bar recipe that I love, but I saw this recipe for Pineapple Zucchini Cake on the Pioneer Woman’s new site called Tasty Kitchen. It’s a site that I see as being similar to allrecipes.com.
You can become a member and then members can post and share recipes with other members. This recipe happens to be posted from “lindainmo”. This recipe really interested me because of the the addition of pineapple and coconut to the ingredients. The other great thing about this recipe is the only fat used in the cake is 3 tablespoons of canola oil.
The frosting isn’t too bad either, only 2 tablespoons of butter and reduced fat cream cheese (which I used).
I did alter the frosting recipe slightly, leaving out the vanilla extract and using pineapple juice in the frosting instead. I love my zucchini cake recipe, but I now also love this one. My other cake recipe is more like a traditional cake as far as texture goes, it’s more smooth. This cake is deliciously moist and full of texture from pineapple and coconut. I put walnuts on the top too which also added a nice crunch and flavor. I’m usually not a fan of putting nuts in the cake because the nuts tend to get soft and loose their nice crunch.
The frosting can also make the nuts soft too if they sit on there for a while, so I just sprinkle on the nuts right before serving to maintain the nice crunchiness. You must try this cake if you have any zucchini laying around. You mouth with definitely thank you. I highly recommend topping with the walnuts too. It was so delicious! In the notes on the recipe it also said you could use carrots in place of the zucchini.
- ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
- WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR (CAN USE ALL WHITE FLOUR)
- SWEETENED FLAKED COCONUT
- BAKING SODA
- GROUND CINNAMON
- FRESHLY GRATED NUTMEG OR DRIED NUTMEG
- CANOLA OIL
- CANNED CRUSHED PINEAPPLE IN JUICE
- LOW-FAT CREAM CHEESE (CAN USE FULL-FAT CREAM CHEESE)
- POWDERED SUGAR
- PINEAPPLE JUICE
- WALNUTS OR PECANS (OPTIONAL TO GO ON TOP OF THE CAKE)