That Takes the Cake!

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What is that?

That ingredient K was sniffing suspiciously was the same ingredient that caught my attention from the invite that was sent to the SMB inbox from Karen of

The green stuff is Zucchini, grated Zucchini to be exact, one of the key ingredients used in a hands-on baking class to make Zucchini Chocolate Cake, a session organized by Rolleyes. is a new online platform which provides an visual and audio feast of gourmet cuisine through their presentation of high quality videos of gourmet cuisine and behind-the-scenes preparation of cuisines by selected master chefs of the culinary world on their site.

I have to admit that even for a vege-lover like me, Zucchini Chocolate Cake did not sound very appetizing at first. But since I have embarked on healthier alternatives to include more vegetables in my breakfast the last one month, I was convinced that having vegetables in a cake will be a really a good idea :)

At first, I planned to let hb to take on the responsibility of baking while I would be the photographer, watch him prepare, while I kept an eye on K at the same time. But when the boy voiced his interest to help daddy, I thought that hb could do with an extra pair of hands to clean up any potential mess that the boy might make. But were we surprised by his enthusiasm through the whole session!

1706 03So gamed to put on the apron


1706 05Making an effort to watch Chef Judy’s demonstration


1706 09Chef Judy of Creative Culinaire working on her demo


1706 10Creaming the butter with the mixer


While the boy and dad were busy at work creaming the butter with brown sugar and adding the eggs into the batter. I went to snap some photos of fellow SMBs busy at work.

1706 15Delphine’s tossing the zucchini mixture, while Madeline‘s busy sifting the flour


1706 14Susan and Sandra testing the mixer


1706 16K’s turn to toss the chocolate chips, grated zucchini, walnuts and some flour.


1706 13I am certain that this mixer was partly responsible in sustaining his long attention span through the whole session.


1706 17Zucchini’s not so bad when there’s lots of chocolate chips in the mix!


Here’s the recipe for Zucchini Chocolate Cake by Chef Judy of Creative Culinaire :

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Ingredients (for a 16 cupcake tin)

230g           butter

172g           light brown sugar

1/2 tsp        salt

3                  eggs

1 tsp            vanilla essence

308g           self raising flour

1 tsp            baking soda

224g           grated zucchini

90g             chocolate chip

50g             toasted walnuts



1.  Cream butter and light brown sugar and salt till light. Add in the eggs, a little at a time.

2.  Toss the chocolate chips, walnuts and zucchini with about 1/2 cup of the flour. Mix in the remaining of the flour into the butter mixture.

3.  Fold in the zucchini mixture. Bake in oven till cooked at 175C

4. When cool glaze with chocolate.


This is what happens, when you leave a 5 year old with the task of glazing the cake with melted chocolate.

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Ta-dah! Our Zucchini chocolate cakes are done! Kind of messy but truly scrumptious nonetheless.

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1706 19(L to R) Madeline of MadPsychMum, Chef Judy of Creative Culinaire, Sandra of Sanses, Delphine of In the Wee Hours, Susan of A Juggling Mom, Moi and K.


It was an enjoyable baking session for us today, all thanks to and Chef Judy of Creative Culinaire.

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  1. I love to eat zucchini but never thought to use them in baking. Such an interesting idea! Do hope that I can make it for a SMB event soon… would love to meet all of you!
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  2. Yummy! Btw how long did you bake the cupcakes in the oven?
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    Susan Reply:

    Dee, it was baked for around 20 minutes.
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  3. It was really fun Rachel! Thanks for letting me be a part of it! =)
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  4. Looks like the whole family had lots of fun!

    Love the pic of Daddy with K – like photoshop flip horizontal! :p
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  5. That was great fun Rachel. It sure brought back the baking enthusiast in me.
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    Rachel Reply:

    Yes it was, and i was all motivated to bake again, all of 2 days after that…then reality of lack of time hit me after that :(

  6. Whoa this looks like so much fun! I’d love to join too and baking is so much more fun when you do it with friends! Never thought of using zucchini as a baking ingredient too, so creative!
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