Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe


Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Get your veggies while you’re eating dessert! This rich chocolate cake recipe has a secret ingredient – zucchini.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 scant cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, or ½ cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or 2 tablespoons strong cooled coffee (this is to deepen the chocolate flavor; you won’t taste it in the finished product)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups unpeeled grated zucchini, from about 1½ medium zucchini
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • Confectioner’s sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch round springform pan or an 8” or 9” cake pan lined with parchment paper and also greased.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a mixer (or by hand in a large mixing bowl), beat the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla, coffee and eggs, mixing well between each addition.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the zucchini, chocolate chips and about a third of the flour mixture, making sure the zucchini strands are well coated and not clumping too much.
  4. Add the rest of the flour mixture into the egg batter. Mix until just combined; the batter will be thick.
  5. Fold the zucchini mixture into the batter and blend with a spatula without over mixing. Pour into the prepared cake pan and level the surface.
  6. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer onto a rack to cool for 10 minutes, run a knife around the pan to loosen, and unclasp the sides of the pan (or carefully pull out of parchment paper.) Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or a chocolate glaze if desired. Serves 12.

Recipe Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

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