1 cup walnuts
2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium-size zucchini)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon anise extract
1/2 teaspoon fiori di sicilia extract (optional)
Grated zest of one large orange
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
To make the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 10-cup capacity bundt pan; dust with flour and tap out excess.
Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
Squeeze the shredded zucchini with your hands to extract the excess water.
Set the nuts and zucchini aside.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and
nutmeg. Set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, and olive oil for 2 minutes on
medium speed. Add the anise and fiori di sicilia extracts, and the orange zest.
Beat to incorporate the added ingredients. Add the flour mixture and beat on
medium speed for 1 minute.
Stir in the chopped nuts and zucchini.
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared bundt pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out
clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire cooling rack.
To make the glaze:
While the cake is cooling in the pan, make the glaze.
Whisk together the orange juice, granulated and confectioners' sugar until
After you invert the cake onto the wire rack, place the rack on a baking sheet.
While the cake is still warm, brush the glaze over the cake with a pastry brush.
It may look like a lot of glaze but brush the cake several times until it is almost all
used up. Let the cake cool completey before serving.
Shredded zucchini, spices, orange zest, and walnuts make this is a very moist and flavorful cake.
A mixture or orange juice and sugars brushed over the still warm cake dries to form a slightly
This recipe adds a flavoring called Fiori di Sicilia. It is an intense flavoring that is a combination
of citrus and vanilla with a pleasingly floral aroma. Italians use Fiori di Sicilia ("flowers of Sicily")
to scent their panettone and pandoro. It adds a wonderfully mysterious taste but can be difficult
to find. If you can't locate it, simply omit it from the recipe ... the cake is delicious either way.