The best low carb cake of the summer! Zucchini, blueberries and lemon come together in a heavenly gluten-free, grain-free dessert. Keto and THM friendly.
The internet’s a funny thing and the friendships you make online can be a little deceiving. Some people are not at all like you think they will be when you meet them. They hone an internet persona that is entirely different from who they are in real life, and if and when you do meet in person, it can throw you for a loop. It’s not that they mean to deceive you, really. It’s just the nature of life online where you aren’t limited by the usual trappings of accepted social protocol. You can dispense with small talk and get to the nitty gritty a little more easily. So what I often find is that people who seem very gregarious and friendly online are much more reserved, sometimes even painfully shy, in person. And this always comes as a surprise to me.
However, I recently chanced to meet a fellow blogger and online friend in person who was exactly the reverse of that scenario. Amanda of I Am Baker and I have been chatting online for several years in many blogging groups and such. And we have exchanged messages behind the scenes as well. She would ask my advice here and there and she always referred to herself as shy and unpopular. So you can imagine I had an image of her in my mind as I went off to a conference that we were both attending. I thought she’d have a quiet smile and a gentle manner and that I’d have to work to draw her into conversation.
Well imagine my surprise when she turned out to be one of the most outgoing and energetic people I’ve ever met. She was quite literally the life of the party, cracking jokes and laughing in a glorious, booming laugh that made everyone around her want to join in the hilarity. The rest of us were like moths to the flame, all drawn to her presence every time she walked in the room. And yet she was humble and friendly to everyone, despite her immense popularity. I was floored, completely and utterly floored. Yes, friends, I was entirely duped by Amanda. And I like her all the better for it.
She also happens to be one of the most talented cake bakers and decorators out there and is the author of Surprise Inside Cakes, a gorgeous cookbook that will kind of blow your mind. While none of her creations are low carb or gluten-free, they are a wonderful source of inspiration. I had bookmarked her Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream ages ago as potential recipe for low-carbification. And then a reader emailed me with the link, suggesting I make it over. And THEN I ended up with a super-productive zucchini plant in my garden that gives me 1 or 2 large zukes every few days. It also happens to be blueberry season here in the Pacific Northwest. With all of those stars aligned, how could I not make this?
Used to make this recipe: