Zucchini Pound Cake

filed under: Cakes on August 19, 2011
Zucchini Pound Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
52 mins

A fun way to use up those zucchini!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini pound cake
Servings: 24
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, room temp
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled and grated zucchini
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. In bowl, combine flours, baking powder, and salt. Sift together and set aside.
  3. Grate approximately two medium sized zucchini, or enough to get two cups of drained, dry zucchini.
  4. (the best way to do this is place peeled zucchini in a clean, dry dish towel and squeeze hard)
  5. In a mixer, combine butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. (about five minutes) Put mixer on lowest speed and add eggs one at a time until each is fully incorporated. Add vanilla.
  6. Add flour mixture, about a cup at a time, until just combined.
  7. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in zucchini by hand. Try to make sure there are no clumps.
  8. Place mixture in prepared baking dish. If using a 10-inch tube pan, bake for 70-80 minutes.
  9. If using the brownie pan shown in this blog post, bake for 45-55 minutes, but begin checking at 40 minutes. Around the 40 minute mark, I placed a piece of aluminum foil over the pan to prevent further browning.
  10. Allow pound cake(s) to cool completely before cutting.

Homemade Zucchini Pound Cake is a great way to use up those zucchini! If you love zucchini recipes as much as I do, try my award-winning Zucchini Brownies, Zucchini Cake, or Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

Zucchini Pound Cake

We have a lot of zucchini.  And I was desperate to do something new with it!

So I decided on a pound cake.

I have made approximately five pounds of pound cake in the last three days.

But it was of vital importance to me that the recipe I ultimately shared be perfect.

Perfection.  Perfect-a-ding-a-ling-dong.  The perfecta-nator.

And after tweaking numerous pound cake recipes I think I have finally created one that will accommodate a lot of zucchini.

And still taste delicious.

AND be made in a way I could easily share.


I got this fabulous pan from Chicago Metallic.

It’s actually a brownie pan, but works perfectly for this pound cake!


I just adore the mini size of each little cake.

The smaller size means that every single person got the experience the beautiful fine outer crumb of the pound cake, but still taste the sweet delicate interior as well.


Here is the thing.

I made a true pound cake.  I followed Alton Browns directions and tweaked it slightly to accommodate the zucchini.

It was really dense and didn’t hold up to the extra moisture well at all.

(I am sure his original recipe is fabulous!)


Anyway, long story short, the recipe I ended up with is not a true pound cake, but it does produce the beautiful crumb and velvety interior of a pound cake.

Am I making any sense at all?

It just occurred to me that I say that a lot.




Tips for Baking Zucchini Cake

Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature, especially if you are using the tube pan.

Use well-prepared pans.  Either use the traditional butter and flour method or use a good quality baking spray.

Make sure your zucchini is as dry as possible.

Do not substitute flours in this recipe.

Share it with people you love. (optional, but good for the soul)



I really wanted to share these with some friends who are having a tough time, so I just grabbed some Christmas ribbon (the very cheap kind you get at Wal-mart for .99 after Christmas-it has a soft felt front and a plastic back) wrapped the cake once, then bound with thin twine.


They stay good for 1-3 days, more if refrigerated.

If you want to include this in the care package, just put the glaze in a jar or ziplock bag.


You can also create a simple lemon glaze to pour over. Recipe below.

Simple Lemon Glaze

1 cup powder sugar

1/2 tsp Lemon Juice

1 tbsp water

Mix and serve.


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  • Kristin R. says:

    Yum! I’m going to make this today. I’ve got TONS of zucchini sitting on the counter just waiting to be made into something!

  • Deliciously Organic says:

    What a perfect way to use up zucchini! The photographs are gorgeous!

  • Paula says:

    I love the individual mini-loaf pans and bake my banana breads in them frequently. Great for single sized servings but even better when, as you did, shared with friends. Great adaption to the original recipe Amanda.

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    I have some monster zucchinis sitting on my ledge right now!
    Also..beautiful wrapping 😉 ♥

  • Sanjeeta kk says:

    Oh I love that mini cake pan! Those cute little bakes are just perfect for a picnic takeaway. Lovely clicks.

  • At Anna's kitchen table says:

    I love the presentation and the pan is awesome!

  • Christina says:

    Well it looks delish!
    And you make since to me 🙂

  • Barefoot Pregnant and In The Kitchen says:

    I love those pans… I need to get one! I can thick of a 101 ways to use it! Love this recipe sounds fantastic, will have to try it with the overflow of zucchini!

  • Shannon Marie says:

    We have lots of extra zucchini. I’ve been looking for ‘new’ recipes too! Thanks!

  • Shamsa says:

    Wow! We have tons of zuchhini from our garden and I’ve made zucchini brownies, zucchini cookies, zucchini cakes and what not! And I love all ur stuff!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I feel like I’m on the wrong site right now… it’s not frosted or brightly colored. There’s something wrong with this. 🙂 Awesome use of the brownie pan. I always resist items like that but it’s great to know it has another use!

  • Gwendolyn says:

    My grandaugher swears that Zucchini was invented so she could have Zucchini Bread. (she is 13) Her FAV!! Now I am thinking she will have to change that statement to Zucchini Pound Cake! She is like all of us and enjoys a good glaze also. This will be a homerun I am sure. Thanks for all of your creative ideas and pursuit of wonderfulness in all things baked. 🙂

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    I was afraid of that!! I should have put this on my mommy blog. Oh well! Next time I will learn my lesson. 🙂

  • Notyet100 says:

    Will try this,advay gonna luv this

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes says:

    Hi! I found your blog from Darla’s and I love it! This pound cake looks gorgeous and I especially love the glaze. Cheers!!

  • Margee says:

    I love having my vegetables this way 😉

  • Redd H from Salted Spoon says:

    This looks so superb! I adore the little ribbon treatment that you give the individual pieces. I think zucchini is my favorite summer vegetable, so versatile and inspiring. I know I’m not in the majority there! I make zucchini pancakes often and I’m not likely to get sick of them.

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    This is fabulous! I have baskets full of zucchini and this will be a great recipe to use my zucchini with and to take to some family and friends!

  • Sasha @ The Procrastobaker says:

    I have so many things to say about this post! Firstly – that brownie pan is ingenious! It would be perfect for making personal little dinner roll/loaves. Secondly – ive never baked with zucchini but we have so so much of it in the veggie patch that ive decided THIS is the year to change this fact! Thirdly – you are amazing and any recipe by you I trust wholeheartedly. Im making this. I may love you a little 🙂

  • Sasha @ The Procrastobaker says:

    Sorry to leave another comment so quickly! I was just looking at the method and (apologies if im being blind and youve said this somewhere else) but i only have round or loaf tins, no bundt or fancy brownie pans 🙂 do you have any advice on how i could make it in these tins?

  • sandi goldsmith says:

    Instead of sugar can I use a sugar substitute? We’re diabetic and would love to try this recipe. Thanks, Sandi

  • miya says:

    simple but looks so gorgeous!

  • Sue says:

    Makes perfect sense to me:) I love the tiny loaves too! It’s great to have another zucchini recipe besides the traditional quick bread! They look fabulous all dressed up.

  • Grammy@gram-cracker.com/blog says:

    Thank you!!! I have all this Zucchini that a friend shared with us and have exhausted every idea I had. I love pound cake and apparently it loves me right back as it never leaves me, takes up residence on my thighs and stays forever! Now thats love….:)

  • Lyndsey says:

    I’m in love with your blog, so I was excited to see it’s picture posted elsewhere: http://theberry.com/2011/08/22/so-many-pretty-things-32-photos/so-many-pretty-25/ Then it occurred to me that they might not have asked permission as there was no link to your blog included. Just wanted to make you aware of it!