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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

 The other day my next door neighbour Pauline 's son Dimitri brought over this huge zucchini from their Grandma's garden............it was big the least to say. They told me they even had a bigger one. I told them that I would bake a cake and I did..........and gave them some. It was a new recipe that I had never tried before and it looked interesting with a streusel topping instead of the usual zucchini bread or muffins.
My husband's background is Turkish and I've never seen them bake any zucchini cakes over there before, in the beginning he would look at me like I was strange. Now they are some of his favourite cakes and muffins with zucchini. In Turkey use see zucchini's everywhere in abundance......they stuff them, fry them,bake, make fritters.....dry them and even make Zucchini Moussaka. But then they have different shape ones which I found at the local farmer's markets. There were some cute lil' round zucchini's which were great for stuffing....never seen them here before.



1/2 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup water 
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/4 cups flour
2 cups peeled, grated zucchini 

Streusel Topping

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans or sliced almonds
3/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
Add in the eggs, vanilla, water and buttermilk and mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Stir dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture until well combined.
Fold in zucchini. Spread batter into prepared pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, nuts and chocolate chips; sprinkle over batter.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Source; Letsdishrecipes.blogspot.com

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  1. Your cake looks so moist and delicious, Erica!

  2. Looks delicious Erica! Yummy!

  3. What a GREAT recipe! I'd like to invite you over to Lady Behind The Curtain for my link party "Cast Party Wednesday" to share this and more of your recipes.
    I hope to see you there!

  4. Wow! That's a huge zucchini! Yummy bread too!...Christine

  5. Sounds delicious. Guess I'll have to wait until my neighbor shares some of his zucchini with me! :)

  6. Isn't it great having the best of both worlds? We get zucchini bread *and* mucver, kabak yemegi, etc. Yum yum!

  7. Looks delicious!! Thanks for stopping by and following! Following you back. Have a wonderful weekend!!