A few years ago, I was particularly fortunate to meet Gina DePalma, who was( at the time) the pastry chef at Babbo in New York City. Being bakers, we struck up a affection and she gave me a mimic of her exquisite notebook, Dolce Italiano. After we had dessert and coffee together, we dawdled wall street of New York City for a bit, and impelled plans to meet in Rome, where she was moving to work on her second book.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have our Roman holiday, but I often thumb through her work and dream about how much fun we would have had lapping our highway through the gelaterias of Rome and munching all those pasties with little sips of Italian espresso in between pierces. Before she could plant her seeds too firmly in Rome, Gina was diagnosed with cancer and returned back to States.

It’s been noted that her accomplishments was usually overshadowed by the owner of Babbo, whose dominion eventually precipitated. Gina was tough and although I never wielded alongside her, co-workers noted that she didn’t suffer clowns freely, but she made such adroit desserts, and was such a ability, that you couldn’t help but have the utmost respect for Gina.

Her book, Dolci Italiano, has become a baking classic and is one of those extraordinary cookbooks that attains excellent predict( as well as being an solely pulling collection of recipes ), peculiarly the period on Italian ingredients, which isn’t just a rote list of what to buy. She discusses the importance of baking ingredients and what they mean to Italians: Olive lubricant isn’t just to moisten, it’s a spice. And why citrus people into Italian desserts more often than vanilla.

I was reminded of Gina recently when a book alerted me to some relations in this post led to the website of an adult film star who shared the same first and last name as Gina. Gina always got a chuckle out of that but after her proceed, it seemed that Gina DePalma’s website( the one for the pastry chef and baker) somehow went co-opted by her, uh…racier copy. As I was swapping out the links, I recollected how much I loved this Zucchini Cake of hers.

Since it’s summer, beings with gardens are often bemoaning they have too many zucchini and are always looking for ways to use up their bounty. With a crunchy lemon coating, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s the most yummy nature to present a zucchini patty, whether you zucchini comes from your garden, or not.

The genius of the coat is adding granulated carbohydrate, which leaves it an extremely lemony, sugared, yet tangy crunch. The glaze is not a looker( which eventually offset me break out my silicone pastry cover for the first time, and I’m never going back to bristles again) but it savours astounding with the spicy zucchini cake and I’m happy to let gazes step aside to give way to flavor.

Zucchini Cake with Crunchy Lemon Glaze

Adapted from Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma

This is a substantial( and very good) patty. The crunchy coat with the tang of fresh lemon juice certainly determines the cake special. Be sure to grease the cake pan well to make sure it slips out easily( I use a non-stick one) and too make sure the patty is fully cooked.

Gina recommended olive oil in her original recipe, which is very good, but the patty likewise works with neutral vegetable oil in its arrange.

The best lane to change the cake is to lay the cool rack over the top of the cake pan, then grasping both the cake wash and the rack simultaneously( if it’s too hot, wear oven mitts ), flip-flop them both over at once. Lift off the patty go, then liberally brush the glaze over the heated cake.

ServingsServes 12 -1 6


For the cake:

1cup( 135 g)

almonds, pecans, or walnuts, toasted

2cups( 280 g)



cooking pulverization

1/2 teaspoon

bicarbonate of soda


kosher or ocean salt


field cinnamon


dried soil ginger

1/2 teaspoon

freshly foot nutmeg


large-scale eggs, at room temperature

1 3/4 beakers( 350 g)


1cup( 250 ml)

extra-virgin olive oil


vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups( 300 g)

grated zucchini

For the lemon glaze:

1/4 beaker( 60 ml)

freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/3 cup 65 g)

granulated carbohydrate

1cup( 140 g)

powdered( confectioner’s) carbohydrate


1. Preheat the oven to 350 oF( 180 oC ). Grease a 10 cup( 2.5 liter) bundt or tube patty pan* with non-stick spray( preferably) or butter, dust with flour, then sounds out any excess.

2. Pulse the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.

3. In a medium container, sift together the flour, baking gunpowder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.

4. In the container of a stand mixer with the paddle feeling, hit the eggs, 1 3/4 bowl( 350 g) carbohydrate, and olive oil for 3 minutes on medium hasten, until glowing and fluffy. Stop and rub down the two sides of the mixer, then included the vanilla.

5. Mix in the cool ingredients, cleaning down the two sides of the mixer bowl to make sure everything is desegregated in well, then beat on medium move for 30 seconds.

6. Stir in the chopped nuts and zucchini.

7. Scrape the smash into the prepared cake pan, smooth the top, then roast the patty for 45 to 50 minutes, until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake has begun to pull away from the sides of the go. Do not underbake the patty.

8. During the last few minutes of the patty cooking, build the coat by whisking together the lemon liquid, 1/3 beaker( 65 g) granulated carbohydrate, and powdered sugar.

9. Let the cake cool for 10 -1 five minutes, then carefully invert it onto a chill rack. Brush the glaze over the cake with a tart brushing and let the cake cool fully.

Recipe Note

Storage and Notation 😛 TAGEND

-This cake is very good sufficed on its own, but it could be accompanied by whipped ointment, vanilla ice cream, cherry compote, or honey ice cream.

-The cake can be wrap( or put under a patty dome) and will deter for a few days. You can freeze the unglazed patty. However to apply the coating, you’ll need to thaw the patty, then warm it so the coating will adhere properly.

-If you don’t have a bundt or tube pan, I noticed that both Adam and Sara moved the cake in a regular round patty wash with good results.

-I haven’t roasted it in two lump washes, which would likely work just fine. You may need to reduce the baking time to compensate for the small pans.

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