Chocolate Zucchini Cake – Sugar Spun Run

This chocolate zucchini cake is so chocolatey, so moist, and so flavorful, you’ll by no means style the zucchini (significantly!). I prime mine with an indulgent chocolate cream cheese frosting that’s easy and not-too-sweet. Recipe features a how-to video!

Unbelievable Chocolate Zucchini Cake

“Your chocolate zucchini cake wants tweaking.” My mother stated to me, scraping the previous few fudgy crumbs from her plate onto her fork.

“What? What’s flawed with it!?” All of my different taste-testers had raved about this recipe and I’d already marked it down as being perfected. I used to be in love with the wealthy fudginess, the deep, decadent chocolate style and completely balanced moisture, the ✨completely✨ complementary chocolate cream cheese frosting, and truthfully I used to be simply surprised that she wasn’t.

“Oh, it’s scrumptious, it’s so good.” She reduce one other slice. “However I can’t style the zucchini at all. Not even a bit of bit.” A wave of reduction washed over me instantly.

Whereas my mom may disagree, you’re not supposed to style the zucchini in a zucchini dessert (or zucchini bread for that matter)! No, its goal is to impart moisture, create a beautiful texture, burn up a surplus of (sometimes ridiculously giant and prolific) backyard squash, and, certain, even to sneak a wholesome element to an in any other case indulgent deal with. This recipe ticks all of the containers and I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t patting myself on the again after attempting my first chunk.

Why you’ll adore it:

  • Superb crumb: Moist, with out being moist or spongey (typically a tough feat when including shredded veggies to cake). The crumb is deliriously chocolatey, tender, melt-in-your mouth and so smooth.
  • Straightforward: No peeling the zucchini, no mixer wanted for the cake, and no stacking, layering, or fussy adorning required.
  • Unbelievable chocolate taste: Blooming the cocoa by mixing it in steaming sizzling water (or sizzling espresso) intensifies the chocolate taste (so useful when making chocolate cake!).
  • Good frosting: Thus far, each single one who has tried this cake has proceeded to rave in regards to the frosting! It’s subtly tangy, clean and creamy. I initially thought of doing a easy ganache topping, however the chocolate cream cheese frosting enhances the zucchini a lot better.

I’m so proud of how this cake turned out. It’s tailored from my chocolate zucchini muffins and double chocolate muffins, and the flavour is unimaginable. I promise nobody will know there may be zucchini inside (which is the entire level of the recipe–extra on this beneath!).

What You Want

There are fairly a number of components pictured beneath, however all however a number of are pantry staples most bakers will have already got available. Let’s speak a bit about a number of of them.

  • Zucchini. There isn’t any must peel your zucchini earlier than shredding it–yay! Ensure you do blot it after shredding although–we need to keep away from including an excessive amount of moisture to our cake.
  • Bitter cream. A key supply of moisture, taste, and tenderness! Bitter cream is considered one of my favourite components to bake with. Full-fat plain greek yogurt would additionally work simply positive right here.
  • Cocoa powder. Persist with pure cocoa powder right here, as dutch course of cocoa might trigger leavening points since we’re utilizing solely baking soda. If you wish to be taught extra in regards to the science behind this, try my posts on pure vs. dutch course of cocoa and baking powder vs. baking soda.
  • Scorching water. Your water needs to be so sizzling it’s steaming (or boiling!). That is essential for blooming the cocoa powder and bringing out its taste, just like steeping tea or brewing espresso.
  • Mini chocolate chips. A sprinkle of mini chocolate chips on prime of the frosting provides a pleasant texture. You can additionally throw some chocolate chips within the batter (as much as a cup), however there’s sufficient chocolate happening right here that it’s not actually needed.

SAM’S TIP: If you happen to’d actually wish to deepen the chocolate taste, add a pinch of on the spot espresso or espresso to your cocoa powder and sizzling water combination! This gained’t make your cake style like espresso, however it can intensify the chocolate taste.

Keep in mind, that is simply an summary of the components I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

How you can Make Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Prep the Zucchini

  1. Shred the zucchini utilizing the shred blade of a meals processor, then (elective, see beneath) very briefly pulse to cut the shreds into extra manageable bits.
  2. Blot the zucchini with paper towels to take away extra moisture. I do that step after measuring/weighing the zucchini. Whereas not all recipes require the zucchini to be blotted, I discover that not blotting it made this cake too moist.

SAM’S TIP: When you might use a field grater, I personally like utilizing my meals processor to shred my zucchini. Very similar to the carrots in my carrot cake, I first use the shred blade, then change to a traditional blade to briefly pulse the zucchini into smaller bits. If you happen to do that too, watch out to not pulse an excessive amount of, or you may make the zucchini watery. After all, you may additionally skip this additional step and simply use the hand grater, simply be aware you’ll have extra discernible items of zucchini in your cake.

Make the Cake Batter

  1. Whisk collectively all dry components besides the cocoa powder, then put aside.
  2. Add the cocoa powder to the very popular water and whisk till clean, then stir this combination into your melted butter.
  3. Add the bitter cream, eggs, and vanilla to the butter combination and stir properly to mix.
  4. Gently fold the dry components into the moist components till midway mixed, then add the zucchini. Fold within the zucchini till totally included.
  1. Pour the batter right into a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 33-35 minutes at 350F.
  2. Check for doneness with a toothpick, then take away from the oven and let cool utterly earlier than frosting.


  1. Put together the frosting and unfold it evenly over the cooled cake.
  2. Prime with mini chocolate chips, if desired, then slice and revel in!

SAM’S TIP: Whereas you should utilize a mixer for the frosting, don’t use it for the cake batter! If you happen to do, you may find yourself over-mixing the batter, which might result in a dense, rubbery cake.

Ceaselessly Requested Questions

Does chocolate zucchini cake style like zucchini?

Nope! The purpose of a zucchini baked good recipe is to not style the zucchini; it’s to make use of up backyard produce in a sensible approach. Baked items are an effective way to do that as a result of the zucchini provides a ton of moisture however is neutrally flavored, so it doesn’t make your dessert style such as you’re consuming greens.

Does chocolate zucchini cake must be refrigerated?

If you happen to want it to last more than a day or two, sure. I like to recommend refrigerating after 24 hours and having fun with inside 5 days of baking. Ensure that to retailer in an hermetic container so it doesn’t dry out within the fridge.

Would you wish to see another zucchini recipes? I’ve obtained yet one more coming later this month that I’m very excited to share!

Take pleasure in!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This chocolate zucchini cake is so chocolatey, so moist, and so flavorful, you may by no means style the zucchini! I prime mine with a chocolate cream cheese frosting that is easy and not-too-sweet. Recipe features a how-to video!