The Ultimate Hazelnut Zucchini Apple Cake

By Sarah
January 6, 2023

Hazelnut zucchini apple cake is an easy, quick, and tasty gluten-free cake. Best of all, this cake features a special ingredient: hazelnut flour. This hazelnut zucchini apple cake is moist, delicious, and simply addicting.

What Does Zucchini Do For Your Body

Zucchini is one of the lowest-calorie vegetables on the planet since it consists of 96.5% water. A cup of zucchini has 18 calories and 3.8 grams of carbs. 

Vitamin C can prevent scurvy and functions as an antioxidant. Mucilage softens food and makes it easier to digest. 

Zucchini has high levels of magnesium and phosphorus.  These compounds are needed to create and maintain healthy bones. 

Zucchini can prevent bruising due to a vitamin C deficiency. It can also help treat asthma. 

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Apples

Like zucchini, apples consist primarily of water and carbohydrates. Apples contain 85% of water and 14% of carbs. Apples contain many beneficial compounds, including vitamins C and E, minerals, and polyphenols. Other beneficial compounds include: 

  • Pectin: Pectin can decrease cholesterol. It can also slow the rate of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. These interactions prevent your blood sugar from spiking after eating food. 
  • Oxidative Damage: Consuming apples can undo oxidative damage in nerve cells. Apples can reduce the risk of getting diabetes. 
  • Polyphenols: Polyphenols can protect against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a popular antioxidant that may help to treat inflammatory diseases
  • Other Benefits: Apples can also prevent constipation and fight depression. They can help manage obesity and boost oral health. 
Hazelnut apple zucchini cake on a cake stand.

Tips For Making The Best Hazelnut Zucchini Apple Cake

Use a springform pan. If you use a regular cake pan, it will be harder to remove the hazelnut zucchini apple cake from the pan. Removing the hazelnut zucchini apple cake from a springform pan is much easier. 

Spray your spring form with a non-stick cooking spray pan generously. Gluten-free cakes can stick to the pan, so spray it well and line it with parchment paper. Additionally, spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray. The non-stick cooking ensures the cake does not stick to the pan. 

Gently press most of the moisture out of the zucchini. The goal is to remove some water from the zucchini but not all the moisture. The zucchini adds moisture to the cake, so if you remove all the moisture, the cake will be dry and crumbly. 

I used a cheesecloth to press the excess moisture out of the zucchini. However, you can use a clean kitchen towel. 

If the hazelnut zucchini apple cake gets too brown, loosely cover it with foil. The foil prevents the cake’s exterior from browning too much while the interior cooks. 

Do You Take The Seeds Out Of Zucchini When Making Cake

It depends on whether you use a small, medium, or large zucchini. If you use a large zucchini for the cake, it’s best to remove the seeds using a spoon. However, if you use a medium or small zucchini, you do not need to remove the seeds. 

Why Is My Zucchini Cake Dry

Zucchini contains a lot of water. This water adds moisture to the cake and gives it a tender crumb. If you squeeze all of the water out of the zucchini, it will make the cake dry. 

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Should Zucchini Be Drained Before Baking

Whether you should drain the zucchini depends on the recipe. For example, there is no need to drain zucchini for zucchini squash bread. However, you should drain zucchini for hazelnut zucchini apple cake. 

For most baking recipes, there’s no need to drain the zucchini since it adds moisture to baked goods. If you make a savory recipe like zucchini fritters, you may have to drain the moisture from the zucchini. 

Are Gala Apples Good For Cake

Yes, Gala apples are good for cake. However, it’s best to use a mixture of apples since it adds several textures and flavors to your cake. 

For example, gala apples have a sweet flavor. Combined with tart Granny Smith apples, it creates a sweet yet tart taste. This combination will take the cake’s flavor to the next level. 

Hazelnut Zucchini Apple Cake

Recipe by SarahCourse: Dessert, gluten-freeCuisine: gluten-freeDifficulty: Medium
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Calories

156

kcal
Net Carbs

6.5

Total time

55

minutes

Hazelnut zucchini apple cake is the perfect easy-to-make dessert. Hazelnut flour, shredded zucchini, and sliced tart Granny Smith apples come together to make a moist and delicious cake. This is gluten-free cake so addicting that it will be hard to eat one slice. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups hazelnut flour

  • 3/4 cup almond flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar-free sweetener

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (1 large or 2 medium zucchini) (see notes if you are using a large zucchini)

  • 1 large or 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly

Directions

  • Program your oven to 325˚F. Next, spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Next, line the bottom of your springform pan with parchment paper, then coat it with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk the hazelnut flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum in a large bowl until combined,
  • Whisk the sugar-free sweetener, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, and eggs in a separate bowl until combined.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the hazelnut almond mixture and stir until combined.
  • Fold the shredded zucchini into the hazelnut zucchini apple cake batter.
  • Pour the hazelnut zucchini apple cake batter into the prepared pan.
  • Arrange the Granny Smith apples on top of the hazelnut zucchini apple cake batter.
  • Bake the hazelnut zucchini apple cake for 35-45 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the hazelnut zucchini apple cake cool completely. Next, run a butter knife around the hazelnut zucchini apple cake’s perimeter to remove it from the pan.
  • Unlock the pan, remove the ring and slice the hazelnut zucchini apple cake into 8-10 slices.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you use a large zucchini, scoop the seeds out of it before you shred it.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories156
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 12.4g 20%
    • Saturated Fat 7.4g 37%
  • Cholesterol 47mg 16%
  • Sodium 372mg 16%
  • Potassium 145mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 9.1g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.6g 11%
    • Sugars 5.7g
  • Protein 3.4g 7%

  • Calcium 33%
  • Iron 1%
  • Vitamin D 11%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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