Thursday, May 29, 2014

Zucchini Chocolate Cake (Throwback Thursday)


2011 Photo
In May 2011, I wrote: My husband thought I was crazy when I said I was going to make a chocolate cake with 2 cups of fresh zucchini.  He was hesitant, but he was also amazed when he tasted it and couldn't believe how good it was.  I love that this cake looks "devilish" on the outside, but has the the "goodness" of zucchini and applesauce on the inside.

The Dry Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/3 cup unsweetened coco powder (Hershey)
pinch salt
Mix all ingredients well.

The Wet Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cups buttermilk
2 cups freshly grated zucchini
1tsp vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups of chocolate chips  (you can use semi-sweet like I did or milk chocolate)


Gather all the wet ingredients in one bowl and mix together well.  Place all the dry ingredients into a sifter and sift together as well as blend. Next gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time.  Mix well, but do not over mix.

Pour into a well greased or sprayed pan.  I used a bundt pan because it's my favorite.  I baked the cake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.  Then tested in the center of the cake to make sure it was cooked fully.

To frost/glaze the cake I melted 1 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave with 2-3 Tbs of whole milk.  Stir well until it is a rich chocolate sauce that is still thick enough to pour over the cake.  Cover the cake with the chocolate sauce completely. Garnish as you wish. Slice and serve.  Refrigerate to store.  Enjoy.

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  1. I love zucchini chocolate cake! My mom makes chocolate zucchini bread all the time in the summer, it is SOO good!

  2. I love that this cake has zucchini in it because I feel less guilty eating a big piece. : ) Thank you ladies for your comments.

  3. I love desserts that have a little bit of something wholesome in them. I've tried making zucchini chocolate cake before, but haven't found my keeper recipe yet - can't wait to give this a try!

  4. Oh, my! How moist and delicious!!! And healthy? Sort of? Love it :)

  5. It's amazing just how many vegetables can be added to chocolate cake - I've seen recipes for Choc & beetroot, choc & brocolli and my all-time favourite, choc & potato cake.

  6. Great way to sneak in veggies!

  7. Looks so good & is a wonderful way to hide the veggies- Started thinking more about these things with Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook series. Great job! Will be giving this a try.

  8. We really appreciate you coming to check out our blog! And we love zucchini cake, yours looks exceptionally good!

  9. Can I just use 2 cups of All Purpose Flour, I do not have pastry flour or whole wheat flour. Thanks!

    1. Amber, go ahead and do all purpose flour for all the flour. I'm sure it will be fine. :)

  10. I was pleasantly surprised how delicious zucchini muffins were when I first made it. I can imagine how good this chocolate cake must be!

  11. Wow Zucchini in a cake...looks so yummy

  12. Zucchini cake looks moist. Yum yum

  13. Very new to me of adding Zucchini in a cake.. looks soft and delicious presentation

  14. Beautiful cake, Ramona! Your photos are gorgeous. Isn't zucchini the most amazing vegetable? It's like a secret "moisture" weapon for cakes like these or zucchini bread.

  15. My mom makes a chocolate zucchini cake that is a lot like this and it always gets devoured! :)

  16. Now we all just have to wait until the gardens come full of zucchini. It always makes for a good chocolate cake!

  17. I almost can't believe there's zucchini in such a rich looking chocolate cake! Bravo Ramona! :D impressive sneaky vegetable ninja! lol

  18. Soon gardens will be full of gigantic zucchini and I can stock up to make this! This is a great way to add in veggies.


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