How to Make ​Zucchini Carrot Citrus Cake With Lemon Coconut Cream Icing! by Chef Gigi Gaggero

How to Make ​Zucchini Carrot Citrus Cake With Lemon Coconut Cream Icing!

Love carrot cake? Try this version that features zucchini, green apple and citrus! 

You'll need:

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, unpeeled and squeezed of all its moisture
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 green apple, peeled and grated
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, currants or a combination of both (optional)

Lemon Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened canned coconut milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Here's how you make it: 

  1. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan or a 9x13-inch cake pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Mix with a whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate large bowl mix together all wet ingredients. Combine well. Fold in nuts and/or currents.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients in batches until combined.
  5. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 40-55 minutes in a preheated 350-degree F oven until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Transfer to wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then invert cake onto rack and allow to cool completely.
  7. To make the icing, beat all the ingredients together. Spread over the top of the cake while on rack sitting in a cookie sheet to catch excess. 
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Naimah Razak
sounds like a good way to get kids to eat some form of zucchini :)
Chef Gigi Gaggero
Naimah Razak hey sister! Ya know-- I never really thought of it like that. I do have a zucchini fritter recipe here that the kids will love - I'll tag you in it ok!'

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