chocolate chip zucchini cake

chocolate chip zucchini cake |

There’s a large wooden fruit bowl to the left of my kitchen sink.

It’s usually filled with everything but fruit including sweet potatoes, garlic bulbs, a few wooden toy trains and lately: zucchini.

I make zucchini bread at least once a year, in summer obviously when the entire universe seems to be inundated with the sheer thought of zucchini.

But I don’t mind, really.

I love a good zucchini bread spiked heavily with cinnamon, that begs to be gobbled up with strong coffee and 5 minutes of peace and quiet. I can’t imagine anything more heavenly.

And this delectable chocolate chip version, baked ‘bundt cake style’ certainly hits the spot….

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the week before christmas

chocolate gingerbread bundt cake |

We were housebound last week.

Both boys came down with bronchitis and strep throat at the same time.

And because they couldn’t go to school or leave the house for that matter, I expected a few days of calm snuggling and movie time. After all, kids are supposed to be mellow and subdued when they’re sick, right?

Not my boys!

They partied like it was vacation…

And then of course, I got sick (no surprise there).

So picture this: 3 restless people trapped inside during the busiest time of year. And to make matters worse, I could’t stop thinking about my eternal to-do list: Christmas shopping! Outfits! Cards!

Something had to give.

It was either fold a mountain of laundry or bake something to get into the festive spirit!…

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french cruller bundt cake

french cruller bundt cake + a $200 giveaway! |

The bundt.

I’ve never made one before in my life.

For me, the romantic notion of fluffy batter poured into a decorative mold and baked to sweet perfection is doomed by the unknown. Will it stick? Will it be lopsided? What about icing? Don’t even get me started on icing! All it takes is for one little crumb to go rogue and the whole thing is ruined…

Never assume….

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