Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reminders and Recipe

It's good to have reminders of all the blessings I have...

...and how to look for the good things, even in trials.

Miracles don't need to happen

to know each day is a gift!

Speaking of abundant blessings, do you have any zucchini left in your garden or grated in your freezer?  Here's a delicious recipe from Laura at Real Mom Kitchen.  She has it as a cake.  We decided to make cupcakes from the recipe.  Absolutely delicious!  We made them for the yard sale and they were a hit!. 

Pineapple Zucchini Cake
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (can Use All White Flour If You Don't Have This, I used all white)
1-¼ cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
Freshly Grated Nutmeg, To Taste (1/4 To 1/2 Tsp
1 Pinch Ginger (about 1/16 Tsp Or So
3 Tablespoons Canola or vegetable Oil
2 whole Large Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Grated (unpeeled) Zucchini (I peeled most of mine)
1 (20 Oz.) Can Crushed Pineapple In Juice, Drained (reserve juice for frosting)


2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
8 Ounces Low-fat Cream Cheese, Softened (can Use Full-fat Cream Cheese)
2 Cups Powdered Sugar, Approx.
2 Teaspoons pineapple juice
Chopped Walnuts Or Pecans (optional to go on top of the cake)

Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, coconut, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk.
Combine oil, eggs, and vanilla; stir well. Stir egg mixture, grated zucchini, and pineapple into flour mixture. Batter will be stiff and dry but keep folding it and it will all come together. If it still seems too dry, just add a little splash of the pineapple juice.

Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for about 33-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs and cake is pulling away from sides of pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Spoon batter in cupcake liners.  Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until center springs up when touched. (Makes 24 cupcakes)

To prepare frosting, combine butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and pineapple juice just until smooth. Add a splash of milk or more pineapple juice if necessary (I didn't need any). Spread frosting over top of cake. You can garnish with chopped pecans or walnuts (Right before serving), if desired.

And this recipe can be turned into a Carrot Cake just by substituting shredded carrots for the zucchini.

To all my friends, Have a Good Day!


Kristina P. said...

Mmmmmm, delicious!

KC said...

Those look SO good! I especially like the cream cheese part! (not so much the low fat...does something weird to my mouth, but the full fat doesn't...imagine that!) I'll have to try them! Except, if I have zucchini, I ususally prefer the chocolate kind, you know, YOUR recipe! Hope you are feeling better!

Camille said...

I never realized how many reminders you have around your house. I guess I need to pay closer attention! And yes, those cupcakes are divine! :)

Ann Marie said...

We are making the " Come What May" sign for Super Saturday! Woot!

Cute reminders! ~ And the recipe... I AM SOOO going to make these into cupcakes as well! Thanks!!!

Small House said...

I like little signs and thoughts around my house. Puts ideas in childrens heads....It's so easy for them to just tune me out. BLAH-BLAH-BLAH-BLAH.

YUMMY recipe. I wish I could make and EAT everything...all of it....and it wouldn't make a difference at all. OH WELL, I'm making these anyway.

Yvonne said...

Great reminders--thanks.

The recipe looks delicious.

Kazzy said...

I love that Elder Wirthlin quote! That is a good challenge.

And the ccs look delish!

Valerie said...

Oh, those have so many yummy goodies packed into one recipe. I'm sure it's great.

gigi said...

Love all your quotes :)
The recipe is wonderful as a cake so I bet it is even better as cupcakes, yum!

Melissa Miller said...

I can't wait to finish my diet so I can try a few of your recipes Connie. Yours are some of the best sounding ones I've seen in Blogland. This one looks amazingly delish! I just love pineapple. Yum!

What wonderful inspirational signs. Very nice!

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend. ~Melissa :)

Jenny said...

I love all the wonderful goodies we can make with pumpkins this time of year. Your recipe looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

totally yummy.
i love that frosting idea!!!!!!!

oh my goodness!!! this looks soooooooooo good!

Cherie said...

Love all the cute signs - Definately some of my favorite sayings!