For the latest edition of Waiter There’s Something In My, the theme is layer cakes. Not being a fan of making layer cakes, I decided that this was my motivation to make one and contribute. I scoured many a recipe looking for a good candidate that would be delicious and a bit different. I was looking for more than your standard chocolate layer cake.
This lovely cake is from one of my favorite cookbooks, How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson. She is very reassuring in her description of this cake that the strange main ingredient, zucchini, does indeed make for good cake. I believed her. After all, I am a big fan of zucchini bread.
As far as making the cake, it’s really rather simple. There are several separate components to make, but it all came together rather easily and quickly. After I had the cake batter made, I began to doubt Nigella’s allegiance to this cake. I soldiered on, however, and had a beautiful cake to show for it in the end.
I wish I could tell you that I loved this cake. Quite simply, I didn’t care for it. That being said, I should also make a point that Quinn really, really liked it. We decided that our difference of opinion could be chalked up to the heavy citrus flavor. He’s a much bigger fan of lime, lemon, orange, etc. than I ever thought about being.
As I said, this cake is indeed lovely. It is not my intention to dissuade you from making it. If you like strong citrus flavors, then dive in and make it. As for me, I think I’ll stick with some of my tried and true favorites… like chocolate.