Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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I love when the end of summer comes and its time for the zucchini to blossom in the garden. It’s like the next part to garden with Fall approaching.

There are a number of great recipes that you can make with the zucchini. One that I really enjoy making is Chocolate Zucchini Cake. It is simple to make and usually goes over well with everyone who tries it. Although the first thought may be to those who think zucchini in a cake might not taste good. So you’ll have to try it before you judge!

Using zucchini in a cake does make it a bit heavier than fluffy. I don’t think the taste is super noticeable and it does keep the cake moist not dry. I like to use a cream cheese frosting on top which I just buy a store brand for that.

 Scroll down to see step by step photo instructions.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


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Serves: 12 portions

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 2⅓ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Peal and shred zucchini using a shredder.
  3. Combine oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla and zucchini in a bowl.
  4. In a desperate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to Zucchini mixture.
  6. Stir in nuts (optional) and chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 cake pan.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely.


Prepare Shredder

I like to use this type of shredder since it has cup holder inside of it. Your zucchini goes into that cup and isn’t so messy.


Measure Zucchini

These kind of measure cups  come in handy.



Prepare Zucchini Mixture

Add oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla and the shredded zucchini



Prepare Dry Ingredients

Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt



Measure Chocolate Chips

Measure a ½ cup. I had these big chocolate chips I used.



Mix In Chocolate Chips

Add chocolate chips and nuts which are optional. I don’t care for nuts in mine so I don’t use them.



Cake Pan Ready

Pour into pan



Out of Oven

This is what it will look like when you take it out of the oven to cool.



The cake with frosting

Frost The Cake

 Adding a frosting adds taste to your cake. I like to use Cream Cheese frosting for this zucchini cake. Here is what it looks like all frosted up.

Random Zucchini Facts:

Did You Know…..
  • Zucchini first arrived in the United States in the 1920s via the Italians
  • They contain 95% water
  • The flower of the zucchini is edible
  • Nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • Small to medium sized zucchinis are the best for the most flavorful.
  • The darker the skin, the richer the nutrients.
  • Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C
  • They have more potassium than a banana. (Surprised, I am)
  • April 25th is National Zucchini Bread Day
  • The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.

My most favorite fact from this list is that zucchini has more potassium than a banana. Who would have thought? Clearly a fact I didn’t know until I’d done a bit more research on them.

What’s your favorite fact?

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Cheryl is a true blue Wisconsinite with excellent writer skills, organization and experience. She writes about foods, crafts, product reviews plus anything else that catches her interest. She’s known as CherylFay and Jerzimom out on the web where she writes. You can sample her articles here and find her at Cheryl Fay’s Corner and at The Writer’s Door.

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  1. I love zucchini bread. I have never tried it with chocolate before.

  2. Cheryl, this sounds delicious. I’ll be pinning it to my Food and Recipe board so that I can make it some time. I love the idea that I can get some veggies with my chocolate!

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