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A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

I don’t make nearly enough cake. In fact, before my son’s birth, there may have been years of no cake. Well there were cupcakes and carrot cake, but festive layered cakes? None. And now, between the fact that there are only three of us (including a tiny one) and that E actually does not like cake (yes, those people exist), I make exactly one cake a year—when my son’s birthday comes around.

But I love cake, and I admire people who make gorgeous cakes, such as Tessa Huff from the blog Style Sweet CA. Tessa is a Canadian baker, and her first book has just been released. A spectacular tome, Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes is filled with innovative cake recipes, from the casual to the adventurous. All cakes are layered, of course, and in my opinion, even those that are grouped in the “Casual Cakes” chapters are worthy of celebrations. Case in point: this Lemony Zucchini Cake.

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

What attracted me to this cake is that it seemed like a delightful spin on a carrot cake. Indeed, the zucchini acts as a carrot would to produce a moist crumb, and the icing is made with cheese. Presenting a tall layered cake like this one, but that is deceptively easy to make, instantly makes you look like a star baker. A few weeks ago, I hosted friends for a dinner party, so I seized the opportunity to make this cake, knowing there would be many dessert enthusiasts to help us get through it. Plus, the goal of the dinner was to celebrate the start of lobster season, so a lemony dessert sounded absolutely perfect to end such a lavish meal.

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

As spectacular as the cake looks, it turned out that I was able to pull it together while the little one was napping. The batter comes together by simply mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ones, folding in the grated zucchini last. The finger-licking good frosting uses goat cheese instead of classic cream cheese, which give it a subtle kick and the distinctive cheesy flavor that goes so well with denser moist cakes. The genius touch comes in the form of a tart lemon glaze that drips onto the sides of the cake, making for a gorgeous presentation. The glaze also perfectly binds the mellow flavor of the cake and the richness of the frosting together. It’s a complex, gorgeous, delicious cake.

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

Tessa offers 150 recipes like this one, divided into chapters that range from “Classic Cakes” and “Chocolate Cakes” to “Adventurous Cakes” and “Whimsical Cakes.” Her breathtaking photography will make anyone weak in the knees, and the clever combination of flavors proves that there’s a cake for every occasion. The book did convince me that there should be way more cake in our lives! I believe some of her recipes could even have the power to transform E into a part-time cake lover. He sure did like this cake, and I’ve bookmarked many more for their life-changing potential (I’m looking at you, Butterscotch Bourbon Cake.)

A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake, a recipe from the book Layered bu Tessa Huff // FoodNouveau.com

If you’re a novice baker, you’ll find great tips to get you started and learning the basics of cake baking. But if you’re a cake enthusiast, you’ll also find instructions to challenge you to bake more intricate creations. Every dessert lover should own this book, even if it’s just to drool over for the photos.

More Layered Cake Inspiration

Food Bloggers of Canada has put together a little blog hop for you! Six more bloggers made cakes from Tessa’s book. Visit their blogs and discover even more layered cake inspiration.

Big thanks to Food Bloggers of Canada for providing a complimentary copy of the book and inviting me to be part of the Layered blog hop.

Win a Copy of Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes

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38 Responses to A Spectacular Lemony Zucchini Cake

  1. I love angel food cake, so light and airy. great with strawberries, perfect summer dessert :) My favorite cake, though not really a cake and more of a layered dessert, is tiramisu. I also love the caramel meringue crunch cake. Delicious. This lemon zucchini cake looks and sounds absolutely perfect, great combination.

  2. Definitely angel food cake with layers of whipped cream and fruit. And I agree with you, we need more cake in our lives, especially if that cake is like this one. It looks totally yum and I love the goat cheese cream cheese swap. That got my attention!

  3. I love a chocolate cake with mocha whipped cream.
    Ps. I love your domed cake top, very pretty.

  4. My favourite cakes are anything matcha. Would love to create something as healthy and beautiful as the cake you’ve shown here! Thanks for holding this contest :)

  5. I’m torn between a good classic vanilla cake or red velvet with cream cheese. Or maybe pineapple-carrot cake with white chocolate cream cheese. Hard to pick just one some days!

  6. It’s a toss up between carrot cake and vanilla cake baked with fruit. They are both delicious and i would never ever say no to a slice of either!

    – amber y

  7. I love German chocolate cake with soaked cherries in the middle. My mom used to make it for me growing up.

    • Yum, that sounds great! Treats we enjoyed as children forever hold a special spot in our hearts, don’t they? My mom still makes me my favorite childhood cake every year, and I look forward to it. I’d be disappointed if she didn’t!

    • There’s something with a balance of tart and sweet that’s absolutely irresistible to me. But I agree that chocolate and mint is a classic combination!

  8. I love love love a classic chocolate cake with a fudgey chocolate icing. Always a a good idea! But a simple strawberry shortcake is pretty lovely too!!!

    • I agree that a chocolate/chocolate cake is a classic! Nobody will ever say no to that, right? And Strawberry Shortcake is an absolute summer delight.

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