I found this recipe online and made a few modifications and voilá! hit it right. Have made this multiple times this summer. It freezes up beautifully. Typically, i cut it into small squares – like 36 pieces – separate them slightly onto a tray, then they are ready to just pop out one, put in your lunch pail and easily by lunch it is thawed. One note – i’ve not added the chocolate chips – it’s so sweet and chocolaty without, but one day i will try them.
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups finely shredded zucchini
- 1 ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350˚ and prepare a 9×13-inch pan with butter or baking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine applesauce, oil, sugar, and vanilla until fully mixed
- Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Batter will be very dry
- Fold in zucchini by hand. Allow batter to rest for 5 minutes
- Add in chocolate chunks and stir again. Batter should appear more wet
- Spread brownie mixture into pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Brownies are done when inserted toothpick is removed with crumbs.
Nearly every birthday my children had, especially as they grew older, they would request that their Great Aunt June Lamme would make them a chocolate Texas Sheet Cake. Yummy! I made it for the boys’ October birthdays this year (2019) for a small gathering at our traditional weiner roast birthday celebration.
Grandma’s Texas Sheet Cake
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb of soda)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring to boil: butter, water, and cocoa. Sift flour, sugar, soda, salt into a mixing bowl. Pour in boiled mixture and mix. Then add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Pour batter into a buttered 15″ x 12″ pan. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 18-20 minutes.
*i rarely have buttermilk on hand, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk and stir – wait 10 minutes and voila! buttermilk. OR i mix 1 tablespoon dried powdered buttermilk to 1/2 cup water.
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or 3 tablespoons cocoa)
Boil together all ingredients until soft boil stage, beat until cool. Frost cake.
Now, this recipe assumes you’ve cooked a bit, so be sure and stir often ingredients on the stove and don’t use high heat. Also, you may need to let the icing or the cake cool a bit before spreading the frosting or it could melt and slide off.
I rarely make or using icing anymore – we simply don’t need the extra calories and this cake is rich enough to go without. Dust a bit of powdered sugar on top and/or serve with ice cream or any favorite topping.