You might have tried zucchini in chocolate cake before, but have you tried it in a carob cake? This gluten and egg-free Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake is a must-try!

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This gluten and egg-free Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake is a must-try. | RaiasRecipes.comSquash love.

You might not be able to tell by looking at my recipe index, but I have not always adored squash. In fact, I was one of those children who would honestly contemplate making myself throw up so that I didn’t have to eat it. Not that I had a lot of opportunity to try that. Neither of my parents are squash fans, so we didn’t really ever have it at home.
It wasn’t until about a year after going gluten-free, when I really started branching out and trying to find new, real foods to eat. And squash was one of those things.

This gluten and egg-free Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake is a must-try. | RaiasRecipes.comAll the carob things.

One of the only times I can remember having zucchini as a kid was at a friends house. Her sister had made chocolate zucchini bread and offered some to me and my brother when we were at their house. I thought it was delicious, and was surprised that there was really zucchini in it. My little brother, on the other hand, refused to believe it! 
But ever since then, I’ve loved hiding squash in chocolate things. And carob things. I even love not hiding it.

This gluten and egg-free Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake is a must-try. | RaiasRecipes.comHappy birthday to me.

Well, a feeeeew years ago, on my 29th birthday, in order to keep myself from wallowing in the despair of almost being 30 (which hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be…), I baked myself this yummy Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake.
Mmm… carob and zucchini – what a wonderful way to start a new year!

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Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake
Gluten & Egg Free, with Dairy-Free Option.
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  1. 3 T. hot water
  2. 1 T. flax meal
  3. 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1/2 c. evaporated cane juice
  5. 3 c. grated zucchini
  6. 2 t. vanilla (I like to make my own)
  7. 3/4 c. raw or whole milk (try coconut milk, for dairy-free)
  8. 3 t. apple cider vinegar
  9. 1 c. brown rice flour
  10. 1/2 c. tapioca flour
  11. 1/4 c. millet flour
  12. 1/4 c. arrowroot powder
  13. 1/4 c. carob powder
  14. 1 T. baking powder (try my homemade, aluminum & corn-free version here)
  15. 2 t. baking soda
  16. 1 t. guar gum
  17. 1 t. cinnamon
  18. 1/8 t. nutmeg
  19. 1/4 t. cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 13x9 inch baking dish.
  2. In large bowl combine hot water and flax meal. Let set until gelled (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add applesauce, vanilla, sugar, zucchini and vanilla.
  4. In small bowl, combine milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside.
  5. Combine dry ingredients and stir into zucchini mixture.
  6. Add milk and stir until combined.
  7. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.
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Carob Frosting
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  1. 2 T. evaporated cane juice
  2. 2 T. carob powder
  3. 1/4 c. butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
  4. 1/4 c. raw or whole milk (or coconut milk for dairy-free)
  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir constantly for about a minute, then remove from heat.
  3. Let stand, beating frequently, until thickened.
  4. Spread over cooled cake.
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{This recipe is linked to Eating Inside the BoxGluten-Free WednesdaysSlightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Birthday Cake Round-Up.}

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