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Banana Zucchini Pudding Cake

banana zucchini pudding cake

If you are looking for a delicious cake that is packed with flavor and is one of the moistest cakes you can have, you have to try this banana zucchini cake. Packed with vitamins and protein, this is a healthier alternative than a traditional cake.

Banana Zucchini Cake Recipe

When you are making this banana zucchini cake recipe you are making a cake that has fruit, vegetables and Greek yogurt in it. The yogurt adds a tanginess that complements the sweetness of the cake. The banana and zucchini help to make this cake moist and brings it all together. This cake is perfect when you want a sweet treat that isn’t over the top like some cake recipes.

banana zucchini cake with brown butter glaze

Does zucchini cake need to be refrigerated?

Oftentimes, when you make a zucchini cake it is topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. Because I wanted this cake on the healthier side of things, I am using a brown butter glaze. While the traditional glaze is only slightly better than frosting, this glaze is used very sparingly so that it does not take away from the cake itself. Because this is a glaze and not a cream cheese frosting, you do not need to refrigerate the cake.

Do I need to peel zucchini for cake?

When you are making a zucchini cake, you do not have to peel the zucchini. Some people prefer to peel it but I like the texture that the skin gives to the cake. It helps to distinguish the pieces of zucchini.

How do you Grate zucchini for a cake?

There are 2 ways that you can grate the zucchini in order to use it for this cake. You can use a hand grater. This is what people think of when it comes to grating foods. A box grater works best but the graters that sit over the bowl work well too. Then you will grate the zucchini by running it over the slicers that will chop and cut the zucchini into small pieces perfect for this cake. The other way to grate zucchini for a cake is to use a food processor. Many people like this method because it is easy and the pieces get very small. However, you have no control over how small they get and if it because more of a mush than grated pieces of zucchini. This comes down to preference.

How do you freeze shredded zucchini?

After you have shredded the zucchini you want to let it sit on a napkin. The goal is to dry some of the water that was released while you were grating it. Then you can move it to an airtight container or freezer bag. This is great in the late summer months when gardens are producing a lot of zucchini. You can often get it at an extremely low price and then you can use it at any point during the next few months.

slice of banana zucchini cake on a plate

Ingredients for Banana Zucchini Cake Recipe

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Bananas
  • Zucchini
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Milk

How to Make Zucchini Cake Recipe

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter. Whisk in sugars, egg, yogurt, and vanilla until combined. Add the bananas and zucchini; stir until combined.

Add the dry pudding mix to the banana mixture and stir until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined (do not over-mix). Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 38 minutes, or until golden and edges have pulled away slightly from sides of the pan. Transfer to a wire rack and allow cake to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. While cake is cooling, make the glaze.

To make the glaze, in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; whisk to combine. Based on desired glaze consistency and taste preference, add the milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Drizzle glaze over cake and serve.

Enjoy!!

slice of banana zucchini cake on a plate

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Banana Zucchini Cake

Banana Zucchini Pudding Cake


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  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x

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If you are looking for a delicious cake that is packed with flavor and is one of the moistest cakes you can have, you have to try this banana zucchini cake. Packed with vitamins and protein, this is a healthier alternative than a traditional cake.


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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

For the Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter. Whisk in sugars, egg, yogurt, and vanilla until combined. Add the bananas and zucchini; stir until combined.
  3. Add the dry pudding mix to the banana mixture and stir until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined (do not over-mix). Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 38 minutes, or until golden and edges have pulled away slightly from sides of the pan. Transfer to a wire rack and allow cake to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. While cake is cooling, make the glaze.
  4. To make the glaze, in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; whisk to combine. Based on desired glaze consistency and taste preference, add the milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Drizzle glaze over cake and serve.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: zucchini cake

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