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  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    filed under: Cakes on May 8, 2018

    Amazingly rich and decadent, this Chocolate Zucchini Cake is what all chocolate cakes should strive to be.

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    I have received some backlash for putting zucchini in a cake, but I happen to love zucchini.  In bread, in cookies, on my dinner plate, and yes, even in my cakes.  If you are not a fan of zucchini, don’t leave just yet.  Now, if you don’t like chocolate you can go.  See ya (what are you even doing here, to begin with?).  If you do love chocolate, you are still in the safe zone.  The zucchini blends right into the cake and adds so much moisture, you won’t even know its there.

    Baking with Zucchini

    When using zucchini in recipes there are a couple tips & tricks help to make sure your baked goods are perfect!

    -Use the fine side of your grater. Coarser pieces will have a slightly more noticeable flavor and texture in a finished cake or bread recipe. (Farm kids tend to want that!)

    -Some recipes ask that the zucchini is pressed well with a clean towel to soak up excess moisture or to prevent whatever your baking from getting too soggy. Pay close attention to the recipe that you are making with zucchini as the level of moisture they provide is important. For instance, in this recipe, the zucchini is the main source of moisture and shouldn’t be drained.

    Simple Syrup for Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate Simple Syrup

    I do something a little special when I make this chocolate zucchini cake recipe.  It is my little secret weapon chocolate simple syrup.  I bake, all of the time, so I keep some of this on hand, all of the time.  It holds for up to two weeks.  If you aren’t like me, you can whip some of this stuff up in under 10 minutes.  Its easy and it is WORTH IT!  Simple Syrup keeps the cake moist throughout every stage of assembly and decoration and it adds a slight sweetness which is always good!

    Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    The Cholocate Simple Syrup puts this recipe over the top amazing and adds a shiny crust to the top.  Just look at that! You are going to love this cake, trust me!

    Chocolate Zucchini cake is good on its own, but if you are looking for a decadent frosting for the top, I recommend Cream Cheese Frosting.

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

    4.67 from 6 votes
    Chocolate Zucchini Cake
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    50 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 mins

    Amazingly rich and decadent, this Chocolate Zucchini Cake is what all chocolate cakes should strive to be.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate zucchini cake
    Servings: 4 servings
    • 2 cups (400 g) sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups (335 g) vegetable oil
    • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cups (95 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 tsp (14 g) baking soda
    • 1 tsp (4 g) baking powder
    • 3 cups (450 g) zucchini grated
    • 1/2 cup (350 g) chocolate simple syrup
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil. Add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.  Mix well.  

    3. Fold in zucchini until it is evenly distributed. 

    4. Pour mixture into a prepared 9x13 pan

    5. Bake 40-50 minutes

    6. Remove from oven, pierce with a fork, and drizzle about 1/2 cup of chocolate simple syrup over top. 
    7. Allow cake time to set.

    Sidenote: You can absolutely serve this cake without simple syrup, it is still amazingly delicious. However, I wouldn’t change the amounts of ingredients. I made this cake with half the oil and it was not as good. I made it with less sugar and it was inferior. I made it with cinnamon and it was kinda weird tasting. I made every which way you could think and THIS recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake is perfect as is! 🙂

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    How much is the cook book

    Can I make this cake in its original recipe without the zucchini? My children love a moist chocolate cake. Thanks

    I made this recipe but super healthy style (because we were out of flour and sugar and oil). I made it with coconut flour (same amount) and coconut sugar (same amount) and substituted vegetable oil with half that amount in applesauce (3/4cup) and it was so good that my kids beg me to make it! It was a little closer to a brownie density than a cake. We didn’t put on any syrup!

    Your recipe for chocolate zucchini cake is absolutely amazing!!! I did substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil but the cake was so-o-o moist and light it was devoured before any frosting was made. I have another one in the oven & this one will be frosted. Thanks for the GREAT recipe, will mark as one of my favorites. Thanks again~Julie

    Made this recipe and exchanged 1 cup of oil for 1 cup applesauce. Also, I threw in some dairy free chocolate chips because I didn’t want to make the simple sugar. Turned out great! Plus, no dairy and no corn as I have family that have food sensitivities.
    Loved it that it used 3 cups zucchini.

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