Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe!

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chocolate zucchini cake recipe

I should just change this recipe to be called “OMG Cake with Zucchini” because LAWD. It’s sooooo good.

My mom made this cake awhile back and let me take a tiny taste of it {because she was hoarding it all for herself to freeze}. I instantly fell in love. So when my mother-in-law gave us one of the biggest zucchinis EVER from her garden, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it…Make this cake!

It’s heavenly. But once you see the ingredients, you’ll know why. It ain’t exactly healthy. But shoot, it sure beats the heck out of eating anything store-bought and processed, so I justified my many binges of eating it. Between sharing some with my neighbor and my girls, this baby was gone in a couple of days. And this is coming from a girl who really isn’t into chocolate cake generally!

So here’s the scoop on how to make chocolate zucchini cake.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk {I just made my own by combining a 1/2 cup of milk and adding 3 tablespoons of vinegar and letting it thicken}
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, drained overnight so less watery {I just stuck it in the food processor for the perfect consistency}
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts {optional}
  • Powdered sugar {optional}
Preheat oven at 325 degrees.
Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately – then put together.
chocolate zucchini cake dry and wet ingredients
Fold in zucchini, chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
chocolate zucchini cake - adding z
Pour in greased and floured pan (9 x 13 or 4 smaller loaf pans) and bake at 325 for 45 to 60 minutes {45 was perfect for me, but my oven cooks pretty fast}.
chocolate zucchini cake cooking
Pull cake out when a toothpick comes out clean.
NO frosting is necessary — it’s plenty sweet and delicious. ¬†Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cooled.
chocolate zucchini cake
What is your favorite thing to make with zucchini?


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