Zucchini Oatmeal Bundt Cake

Zucchini Cake
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    85 min

This is a dense, moist, flavorful cake, and it's absolutely delicious with a simple glaze. Or finish the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar.  See the tips below the recipe for an easy vanilla glaze or cream cheese glaze.

Wrap and freeze leftover slices of cake for 3 to 4 months.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter (6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

How to Make It

  • Generously grease and flour a 10- to 12-cup bundt cake pan. Heat oven to 325°.

  • In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in the vanilla.

  • Slowly beat in the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk and ending with the dry ingredients.

  • Stir in shredded zucchini and nuts.

  • Spoon the batter into the prepared Bundt cake pan.

  • Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until golden brown and a cake tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  • Cool on a rack for 10 minutes; invert onto a serving plate to cool completely.

  • Drizzle a glaze over the cake (see below) or dust with powdered sugar.

  • Tips

  • Simple Vanilla Glaze - Combine 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar with 4 tablespoons of melted butter and 2 tablespoons of milk or hot water. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat until smooth, adding more milk or water, as needed. Drizzle over the cooled zucchini cake.

  • Cream Cheese Glaze - Beat 4 ounces of cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of softened butter. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in 2 tablespoons of milk, water, or juice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add more milk, water, or juice until a good drizzling consistency is reached.

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