"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Desserts, Sweets & Cookies & Candy > Cakes & Cupcakes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-23-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
Sous Chef
 
JillBurgh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Steelers Country
Posts: 597
ISO Zucchini Pecan Upside-Down Cake ideas

I've got a slew o' zukes and a pound of pecans so I'd like to make a zucchini-bread-type pecan upside down cake.

Googling comes up with ZERO! Can you believe that?

I thought I'd just find a nice zucchini cake/bread recipe and pour it on top of some pecans and brown sugar, but I hoped someone might have a TNT recipe or at least a solid idea for a recipe?

__________________

__________________
JillBurgh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2008, 02:33 PM   #2
Executive Chef
 
Dina's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Mission, Texas
Posts: 2,686
Send a message via Yahoo to Dina
I'd try making a Bisquick cake or sort of torte as the bread for the veggies and nuts. It would make a nice dinner if you add some cheese topping to it.
__________________

__________________
Dina
If you have much, give of your wealth. If you have little, give of your heart. - Arab proverb
Dina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2008, 03:37 PM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,349
why not just use nuts in the cake? upside down cakes seem to only work with fairly thin cake.

course you can do anything you like , maybe u will invent a good recipe.

babe
__________________
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2008, 05:58 PM   #4
Sous Chef
 
JillBurgh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Steelers Country
Posts: 597
Quote:
Originally Posted by babetoo View Post
why not just use nuts in the cake? upside down cakes seem to only work with fairly thin cake.

course you can do anything you like , maybe u will invent a good recipe.

babe
Good question. Maybe you should sit down....

I don't like pecans.

But BF loves them so that's why I use them. If I incorporate the nuts into the bread I risk hitting one when I give in and have a slice. If they are all on top, I can pick them off and enjoy the nutty-flavored caramelly topping.

Dina- thanks for the idea. I never thought of making a savory torte like you recommended. I'll give that some extra thought.
__________________
JillBurgh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2008, 07:16 PM   #5
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,349
Quote:
Originally Posted by JillBurgh View Post
Good question. Maybe you should sit down....

I don't like pecans.

But BF loves them so that's why I use them. If I incorporate the nuts into the bread I risk hitting one when I give in and have a slice. If they are all on top, I can pick them off and enjoy the nutty-flavored caramelly topping.

Dina- thanks for the idea. I never thought of making a savory torte like you recommended. I'll give that some extra thought.

well, that sure makes sense. lol

babe
__________________
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2008, 09:39 PM   #6
Executive Chef
 
Dina's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Mission, Texas
Posts: 2,686
Send a message via Yahoo to Dina
Jill,
Here's one for you. Just substitute the walnuts. Zucchini Cake Recipe - Recipe for Zucchini Cake with Walnuts.

P.S. This one looks better Jill. Zucchini Cake
__________________
Dina
If you have much, give of your wealth. If you have little, give of your heart. - Arab proverb
Dina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2008, 08:01 AM   #7
Sous Chef
 
JillBurgh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Steelers Country
Posts: 597
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dina View Post
Jill,
Here's one for you. Just substitute the walnuts. Zucchini Cake Recipe - Recipe for Zucchini Cake with Walnuts.

P.S. This one looks better Jill. Zucchini Cake
Thanks Dina they look delicious. I might try combining several different recipes. I'll post my creation nif it turns out well.
__________________
JillBurgh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2008, 03:33 PM   #8
Sous Chef
 
JillBurgh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Steelers Country
Posts: 597
Thumbs up Zucchini Muffins with (or without) Pecans



Here's the mashup of recipes I used for my zucchinis.
I compromised by dividing this recipe in half after making the batter,
and doing 1/2 pecan and 1/2 plain with frosting.
Scroll down for both variations:


Muffins:

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp lemon zest (fresh or dried)
1 Tbl cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt, divided
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large zucchini
1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)

Pecan Topping (Use only for Pecan Muffins):

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
4 Tbl cold unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

Cream Cheese Frosting (Use only for No-Nuts Muffins):

1/2 cup sugar
2 egg whites
8 tsp softened butter
1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract


On the large holes of a cheese grater, grate the two zucchinis into a sieve or colander. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt and stir gently to coat. The salt will draw some of the liquid out of the zucchini. Let drain while you prepare the batter and nut crumble.



Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Butter or grease and flour 2 muffin pans, or if using silicone, leave the pans dry.

If you are making the pecan topping, cut the butter up into small pieces while cold. Put the butter into a bowl with all of the remaining ingredients except for the nuts. Stir together with a fork or a pastry blender. Stir in nuts and set mixture aside.

Return to the zucchini and gently squeeze it in your hands to release some of the liquid. Transfer it onto a clean dish towel. Twist the towel around the zucchini like a Tootsie Roll and squeeze out as much of the juice as you can.

For the muffins, mix together first seven dry ingredients and the remaining 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly. Stir in sugar, vanilla extract, and zucchini. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir in the pecans if using.



For Pecan Muffins:
Fill muffin pans 3/4 full with batter.
Sprinkle pecan topping evenly on top of the batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping starts to brown.
Let cool completely before trying to remove from the pan.




For No-Nuts Muffins:
Fill muffin pans 3/4 full with batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center.
Let cool completely.
In the meantime, prepare frosting:

Put egg whites and sugar in a stainless steel bowl and set on top of a pot of simmering water on the stove. The water should NOT be high enough to touch the bowl. Use a hand mixer with a whisk attachment to beat the sugar and whites for about two minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and continue to beat the mixture for another three minutes. Add softened butter and beat until incorporated. Add extracts and cream cheese and continue beating until fluffy. Refrigerate until muffins are cool. Pipe onto muffins with a pastry bag.
__________________
JillBurgh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2008, 03:56 PM   #9
Master Chef
 
texasgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Texas
Posts: 9,497
OH MY GOODNES!!!!! They both look wonderful!! I love zucchini bread!
__________________

__________________
texasgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.