Fudgy Zucchini Cake/Brownies

Happy weekend, all!

The weekends call for long, luxurious meals.  Laughter with friends.  Afternoons spent whiled away in bookstores.  Huge mugs of tea.  Brunching.  Walks outside (especially with this weather!).  And something decadent and delicious for dessert.

What if I told you I had the ultimate brownie recipe to hand over?  Fudgy, decadent, rich, and yet a generous slab only clocking in at 200 calories.  Excited yet??  You should be.  This is my new go-to chocolate recipe when I find myself craving something satisfying and delectable but without all the extra calories.

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Swedish Visiting Cake

The story behind this traditional Swedish dessert is that upon having spotted someone at the end of the lane making their way to your home, you could throw this cake together and have it coming hot out of the oven, just in time for their arrival.

This cake is simple, lovely, REALLY tasty, lightly sweet.  Oh man.  I was shocked by how delicious it was, considering the simplicity with regard the ingredients.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Whip up the batter, toss the cake in the oven and enjoy a slice with your next mug of tea or coffee.  You will thank me later.

 

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A few snapshots from my own trip to Stockholm, Sweden for a week, six months ago in August, 2016.  I ate delicious food, embarked on a boat ride to one of the far most islands that makes up Sweden, took hundreds of photos, wandered narrow, winding lanes, the list goes on.  Sweden boosts fantastical, whimsical, laid back and romantic vibes.

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Matcha Cake with Buttercream & Raspberry Frosting

Hi all!  I realize its been a while since a recipe has appeared on this blog.  But good things come to those who wait, and I have several recipes, the results from my kitchen experiments that took place over this past weekend, ready and about to come your way.

I have been on a major kick with regard to all things Matcha, which those of you who have read through my other recipes are aware of.  Not only for the fact that I love green tea, but also because its amazing for your health!!

I was skeptical when baking up this particular Matcha cake, worried it wouldn’t come out tasting as delectable as I hoped.  I was especially anxious because I would be serving it to friends with high expectations 😉  However I was relieved to find this cake immediately claimed as the favorite sweet on the table!!!

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Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse Pie

Another sinfully decadent chocolate dessert, without the loads of sugar.  Imagine that.  The three friends who sampled this one raved about it.  This recipe (#49) is gluten-free and low in refined sugar.  If you want to keep it 100% refined sugar-free, skip the ganache topping.  The dessert will still be DELICIOUS.  The mousse filling is made with protein packed Greek yogurt.  The texture is light and creamy, which makes this a dangerous one.  Its easy to eat more than one slice.  Like a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints, it has a way of disappearing quickly.  What can offer some peace of mind is that fact that the ingredients are far healthier and lighter than those of a typical chocolate mousse pie.  Enjoy this tasty treat!

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Chocolate Lovers Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers, I have a succulent recipe for your eating pleasure.  Behold, chocolate cream pie.  This one (recipe #45) however, unlike the majority of others in its family, is gluten-free AND refined sugar-free!  The texture of it is lovely.  Silky smooth.  The flavor is rich and chocolatey, but the pie itself is light.  Be careful, it would be easy to eat several slices of this one in one sitting.

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Bakery Quality Flourless Chocolate Torte

Calling all chocoholics!  Another fudgy, rich, impossibly delicious treat just for you.  This one has a short and sweet ingredient list and is a piece of cake to throw together.  The result is a bakery-quality torte that will have you singing its praises every time you take a bite.  Its that good.

Recipe #41 is one of the few I have posted which is not refined sugar-free, but, this one is worth the splurge.  It is however gluten-free, and can be made dairy free if you were to use lactose-free chocolate (your choice).

Here you go.  Happy weekend!

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Apple, Rose & Chocolate Chip Cake

Christmas as well as winter time in general practically begs for a requisite mug of tea or coffee to be wrapped within ones hand.  I personally go for (green) tea, but I know most of you likely prefer coffee.  Either way, to each his own.  And what would coffee/tea be without a little something sweet on the side?  However, I am sympathetic to the plight of expanding waistlines that seems to always inevitably come with the holiday season.  That is why I whipped up this particular cake for your tasting (and viewing, because its a rather pretty cake) pleasure.

Made from buckwheat flour (which isn’t a wheat at all, its actually a fruit seed) which means the cake is wheat/gluten free, its also refined sugar-free and lactose-free.  Hows that for something truly sweet during the holiday season?  Now all we need is a blanket of glittering white come Christmas day.  Then, perfection.

For this particular recipe, I decided to continue my foray into experimenting with slightly more unique flavors.  My love affair with lavender is still going strong, but I recently became intrigued with the idea of doing some baking with rose.  Yes, actual rose petals.  Hence, the result is this cake which came out surprisingly lovely.

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Without further ado, recipe #29:

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Raw Carrot Cake with Maple Mascarpone Frosting

Drum roll for my second raw recipe…#25…and seriously?  Its a GOOD one.  One of the people I live with sampled it and said it was his “favorite thing” out of all the recipes I have made thus far!!!!  I don’t know if its the best but I have to say, its among the top.  This one came out shockingly great.  The flavors together are just awesome.  The texture is fun, the carrots giving it a nice crunch.  The coconut and coconut flour lend the cake a slightly hearty feel.  The sweetness just right.  This is a pretty bomb dessert if I do say so myself.  And it was all the result of an experimental whim.  The best part?  Its HEALTHY!!!  The recipe is refined sugar-free and gluten-free.  AND its raw!!!

(The cake itself is lactose free, though the frosting is not).

The recipe may look like a lot of steps.  It isn’t.  Half of the steps are simply regarding how to assemble it once the cake mixture is made.  So do not be intimidated!  This is one of the easiest desserts you will ever throw together, and with major taste payoff.  The actual making of the cake is just steps 1-5 in the recipe below.

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Matcha Cheesecake

Yes, I am showcasing yet another cheesecake.  But are you really so surprised?  With the holiday season underway, I felt like this was a great opportunity to continue with the experimental cheesecake flavors.  This dessert is also in one of the key Christmas colors!  How is that for some thematic fun?  For recipe #23, I decided to jump on the Matcha trend bandwagon.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Along with pumpkin, butternut squash, cinnamon and sweet potato, carrot is another top contender for flavors of fall (though I realize at this point, we have segued into winter.  But carrot cake is fitting for all cold months).  Carrot cake, bread, muffins, cookies, its all delectable.  There is something so homey, down to earth and invitingly earthy about a slice of this flavor of cake.  I love the slightly spiced taste that this sweet bread lends.

These carrot cake cupcakes are refined sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free (though the frosting I recommend is not dairy free.  But man oh man, a carrot cake sweet bread just isn’t the same without a cream cheese flavor of frosting).

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