While spending time in Victoria, I discovered a delicious apple cake at a coffee shop called the Nest. Now that I’m home, I’m trying to find a recipe that comes close.
This one turned out very good – and is a little lighter than the Nest cake which is not a bad thing! I also had some zucchini that I wanted to use up. Next time I make this, I think I will use a full teaspoon of cloves, and maybe add a half teaspoon of ground ginger.
Zucchini Apple Spice Cake
- 2 c zucchini peeled and grated (I used one large zucchini)
- 2 c Granny Smith apple peeled and grated (I used 2 apples)
- 2 c light brown sugar
- 2 each large eggs
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 c vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c walnuts toasted and coarsely crushed
- 1 each Macintosh apple (optional) peeled, cored, and thinly sliced into wedges
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly oil and flour baking dish.
Peel, core and grate Granny Smith apples, and also peel and grate zucchini. Should have 2 cups of each.
In large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until smooth.
Slowly add oil to sugar and egg mixture while mixing thoroughly.
Add remaining dry ingredients (spices, salt, baking soda and flour).
Mix grated apple and zucchini into mixture.
Add nuts and mix into batter.
Pour batter into baking dish. Gently evenly spread batter.
Arrange apple slices as desired onto top of batter.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Server warm or cooled, and enjoy!