Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Doughnuts / Donuts and Cake Balls

I know that I have to bake a Chocolate-Zucchini Bundt Cake from the book, Cake Keeper Cakes or here for our bake-along with Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings but I didn't!!!

Sorry that there is NO bundt cake in my bake-along post. Instead, I have baked these...

Chocolate zucchini doughnuts donuts
Chocolate Zucchini Doughnuts
chocolate zucchini cake balls
Chocolate Zucchini Cake Balls

NO bundt cake? ... but doughnuts and cake balls?

"Turn to this recipe when you desperately need a new way to use some of your bumper crop of zucchini. It gives this not-too-sweet chocolate cake terrific moisture and a mysterious but delicious vegetal flavor..." Reading this part of the recipe gave me an idea!

At this time of the year, we don't have a bumper crop of zucchini. Winter in Australia means that zucchini are not seasonally cheap! And so, I don't desperately need any way to use zucchini now.

Instead, I desperately need a good recipe to bake moist and delicious chocolate doughnuts or cake balls and yes yes yes... It is true that the addition of zucchini gives these tiny little doughnuts and cake balls terrific moisture. I have tried using various moist chocolate cake recipes to bake little doughnuts and cake balls before and nothing tastes moister and better than these ones made with this recipe. Definitely, I would say that this is the BEST recipe I have used so far for baking mini doughnuts and tiny cake balls!!!

Moist cake? Thanks to these grated zucchini!
To start...
The presence of zucchini in the batter is pretty subtle.
Using 2/3 of the recipe, I have baked 24 of these ...
... plus 24 of these.
Perfect round cake balls - I can't wait to try of these!!!
Cooling these little cakes completely before glazing.
Making the chocolate glaze
Dunk 1/2 of each doughnut and cake ball into chocolate glaze. Dip 1/4 of each on chocolate sprinkles
A perfectly glazed itsy bitsy doughnut
Maybe it is a little too small for Homer Simpson's fat fingers to pick :p
Small and yet wonderfully moist!

After baking this recipe in the form of doughnuts and cake balls, I have to say that... I have totally no regrets baking these! Thanks, Lena for your fantastic choice! We are enjoying these little treats as like we are having fun in a kiddy wonderland.

This is how I used this recipe from the book, Cake Keeper Cakes or here to make these doughnuts and cake balls.

Makes 24 really small 3 cm doughnuts plus 24 cake balls

35g Dutch process cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona

85ml sour cream
2 large eggs
1 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
250g unbleached all-purpose flour
2 2/3 tsp baking powder
2/3 tsp salt
1 1/3 tsp instant espresso powder (optional)
125g butter, softened plus extra to grease baking pans
100g granulated sugar (reduced from 130g in original recipe)
100g packed light brown sugar (reduced from 120g in original recipe)
1 1/3 cups finely grated zucchini (with skin on)

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 160°C fan forced. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and cake balls with extra butter.

Whisk together sour cream, eggs, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder together.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 mins, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary.

With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the sour cream mixture. Repeat, alternating flour and sour cream mixtures and ending with the flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. Stir in the zucchini.

Spoon batter into a large piping bag and pipe the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 10-15 mins. The 3 cm doughnuts require 10 mins to bake and the cake balls require 15 mins to bake. Let cool in the pan for 10 mins, then remove the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

To glaze the doughnuts and cake balls:

This is the Alton Brown's recipe that I have mostly adapted from here

25g unsalted butter
2 tbsp whole milk, warmed
1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
60g chocolate, preferably Callebaut ones with 70% cocoa)
100g icing sugar
chocolate sprinkles, optional

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup and vanilla in a microwavable bowl or a saucepan if you are cooking this on the stove.

Using a microwave with low power or medium low heat from a cooking stove, heat mixture until butter is melted. 

Decrease the heat to low or using a lower microwave power, add chocolate into the mixture, and heat and whisk until chocolate is completely melted.

Remove the saucepan or the bowl from the stove and the microwave. Add icing sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip half sides of the doughnuts and cake balls into the glaze immediately. For a more Homer Simpson kind of doughnuts, dip half of glazed area into chocolate sprinkles. Allow glaze to set for 30 mins before serving.

Happy Baking
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  1. Zoe, your Chocolate Zucchini Donuts and Cake Balls are so cute! Goodness me, they look so, so, chocolaty and moist and yummy! Will join in the fun soon!

  2. To be honest, yay, I actually don't see any zucchinis in the cake, and I bet, kids who don't touch greens/vege would be more than happy to pop the whole ball into the mouth without realizing there's zucchini in it.. Wow, this is a good one.. Can "hide" veges in it and kids won't know!

  3. Yep, super cute and the chocolate ganache looks delicious!

  4. These look very delicious. Blessings, Catherine

  5. Hahaha! That's awesome how you got those extra balls!! I've always wanted to try zucchini chocolate products! This looks so delicious and wholesome! Such cute one mouthful bites!

  6. I've got a donut machine and a cake pop machine, this recipe is perfect to get them used! They both look very yummy!

  7. Chocolate and zucchini, a wonderful combination. Can't wait to try this :D

  8. delicious chocolaty donuts zoe:)

  9. I love the doughnut and small ball shapes, Zoe. Cute to see and eat in one bite. :)

  10. I was surprised how my DH cleaned up the zucchini cake when he hates zucchini... This one with chocolate must be uber delicious

  11. OH Zoe, you are a bad, bad, girl, lol...This baking spree of yours could be very dangerous for me. Those donuts look sinful and I want at least two right now, lol...

    I don't have any Zucchini growing in the garden but you can bet I will be looking for some at the roadside stands! Thanks for sharing, Zoe...

  12. Hi Zoe,
    Cute little cakes! I would never have thought to bake this bundt cake in doughnut pans!
    When Lena selected this bundt cake, I was happy to use my bundt pan which has been hibernating for quite a while! Haha!
    Your little cakes dipped in chocolate and sprinkle with choc sprinkles looks really yummy, anyone would be all smiles if offered one or two or three!
    We've enjoyed this cake too!

  13. Baked doughnuts and fried ones, are both on my list of Must Bakes.
    Yours looks fantastic. I've been hunting for a little ruler like that. Where
    did you order yours from? Thanks and Happy Baking.

  14. I love chocolate and zucchini together.

  15. These are SO cute and delicious - the zucchini means they are basically healthy so I will eat one batch, maybe more :P

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. The donuts look awesome. Loved the moist and soft texture.

  17. Zoe!! I cannot decide which I prefer - the donuts or the balls!! Both are so so cute!!!

  18. your cake looks nice and delicious with chocolate rice on top!

  19. It's amazing what can be done with zucchini! Great way of putting vegetables into a diet.

  20. Zoe , really great cake for people who are veggie phobic :D

  21. hey, i like that you made them into donuts....i do not hv a donut pan and now im considering getting one! with that glaze, i believe it's really super yummy :D

  22. OMY Zoe absolutely beautiful and yumm!!

  23. Zucchini + chocolates?? What can I say except, "Brilliant!"

  24. Bellissima questa ricetta e complimenti per aver unito le zucchine che spesso i bimbi altrimenti non mangiano!!!!