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Walnut Zucchini Cake
Method

The moisture in the vegetables helps keep the cake soft and moist. The zucchini is the secret ingredient in this recipe!

  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan
  • Shred the zucchini in a cheese grater. Set aside in a bowl.
  • Spread the walnuts onto a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes (180* C (350* F). When they are ready, remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Start on the syrup. Add the sugar, water, lemon juice and lemon rind to a small pot and bring to a boil. As soon as the sugar melts, remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.
  • In a mixer’s bowl, add the olive oil, sugar and eggs. Beat with the whisk attachment on high speed, until the mixture turns white and fluffy.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a bowl. Sift ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the mixer. Beat for a very short amount of time, just until all of the ingredients become fully incorporated.
  • Process walnuts in a food processor until they are completely broken down.
  • Add the grated zucchini and walnuts to the mixture. Mix gently with a spatula.
  • Grease and flour a 30x24 cm baking pan.
  • Transfer mixture to baking pan. Bake at (180* C (350* F), for 45-50 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick into the cake and it comes out clean.
  • Pierce cake with a fork in various spots. Pour the cold syrup onto the cake as soon as you remove it from the oven. The little holes made by the fork will help the cake soak up the syrup faster.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature and refrigerate to cool completely.
  • Serve with vanilla or kaimaki ice cream. Kaimaki ice cream has a very interesting taste. It is made from salep powder which is taken from wild orchids. It’s worth a try! It really suits this walnut zucchini cake! 
Tip
You should always remember that the less you mix the flour into the cake batter, the lighter and fluffier your cakes will be!!
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per 100 gr.

327
Calories (kcal)
16 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

14.7
Total Fat (g)
21 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

2.0
Saturated Fat (g)
10 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

44.0
Total Carbs (g)
17 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

35.5
Sugars (g)
39 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

3.7
Protein (g)
7 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.2
Fibre (g)
5 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.24
Sodium (g)
4 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.