• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups grated zucchini, drained
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Grease and line three 8-inch round baking pans with parchment paper.

3. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices and set aside. In a bowl beat together the oil and sugar and lemon zest for 2 minutes; add eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides. Turn mixer to low and add dry ingredients in two batches, mixing slowly until well-blended. Add zucchini, buttermilk, and lemon juice and mix in, then separate into the three baking pans and bake 24 to 26 minutes. Let cool.


  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Beat butter and goat cheese together with confectioner’s sugar. Add vanilla and milk.

2. Spread ⅓ of the buttercream onto one of the layers of cake with a spatula, place the second layer and spread more frosting, then place the top layer. Frosting, glaze, or both may be added to top layer.

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-3 three tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Mix ingredients together to make a thick icing.

Pour over cake and let drizzle down the sides.

Refrigerate leftover portions.

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Carla Witt Ford
Written by Carla Witt Ford
A native West Virginian, Carla has been adding her touch to photography, print, and other areas of design for more than half of her life. Before joining WV LIVING she was a photographer for the government and an adjunct photography professor at Fairmont State University (BS Graphic Design alumna). As a BFA graduate from the West Virginia University School of Design, she seeks to share the beauty of her beloved state through her work. Whether it is with wit or wisdom, as an artist, she is always looking for new ways to make her audience sit up and take notice.