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ZUCCHINI WEEK: CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

In case you didn't know, Sunday is National Sneak a Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night. To prepare for the inevitable onslaught, we'll offer a week's worth of recipes that utilize one of summer's most plentiful crops. Today's comes from epicurious.com and was originally printed in Bon Appetit magazine in November of 1995.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini (about 2 1/2 medium)

1 6-oz. package (about 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and oil in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions each. Mix in grated zucchini. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over.

Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake completely in pan.

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