Secret Chocolate Cake (W Summer Squash)

2-3 cups shredded raw summer squash
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped nuts

Puree squash and apple sauce in a blender until smooth. Set aside. In a large mixing bow, combine sugar, oil, yogurt and eggs. Beat with electric mixer 2 minutes. Add squash mixture, cocoa and vanilla and beat another 90 seconds. Gradually sift the flours, baking soda, salt and spices into the batter, mixing it with a spoon, but stirring only until blended. Stir in chocolate chips or nuts. Pour into a greased 9 X 13-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

Serves 16 to 24.

From “Simply in Season,” Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert, Herald Press, 2005.

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