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Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Updated on February 27, 2018
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Miriam has been a freelance writer since 2013. Born in Whittier, CA, she now lives in Ontario (California) with her husband and family.

Ready to Serve: Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Zucchini Chocolate Cake ready to serve.
Zucchini Chocolate Cake ready to serve. | Source

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Over Productive Garden

Zucchini Zucchini Zucchini

This may come across as complaining, but my husband's garden is always producing too many vegetables! I mentioned to him that it might be better if he just grew one plant of each type, so we would not get stuck with more vegetables than we can use up!

Right now, it is the zucchini that keeps producing. I love zucchini, but how many times a week can you expect to make zucchini? I only had two recipes for cooking my zucchini: fried or stewed with corn -- a dish called "Calabacitas" in Spanish.

My Search for a New Zucchini Recipe

We had about ten zucchinis in the refrigerator, and this amount was growing daily. Every morning here comes Jerry bringing in the new crops from the garden: 3 large zucchinis and some tomatoes. The tomatoes are not a problem: we use them for making pasta sauce. But how will we use up the zucchini before it goes bad?

Search is Over!

It did not take very long to find a zucchini recipe that sounded good and used up some zucchini. I first tried a regular zucchini cake. It was okay, but the kids did not even try it.

I finally found the recipe! It is called, "Chocolate Zucchini Cake", but I changed its name to "Zucchini Chocolate Cake" for better search results. (Besides, the zucchini in this recipe is in larger proportion to the cocoa powder in the recipe.)


Free-Range Zucchini

Zucchini growing in our backyard.
Zucchini growing in our backyard. | Source

Estimated Cook Time for Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 24 Servings

Shredded Zucchini

Three cups of shredded zucchini.
Three cups of shredded zucchini. | Source
(Left) Cake pan, greased and floured;  (Right) A box of Hershey's powdered cocoa.
(Left) Cake pan, greased and floured; (Right) A box of Hershey's powdered cocoa. | Source

Ingredients List

  • 2 cups Flour, All-Purpose
  • 1 cup Sugar, Granulated
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, Iodized
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon, Ground
  • 4 Eggs, Large
  • 1-1/2 cups Vegetable Oil
  • 3 cups Zucchini, Grated
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts, Chopped

The Dry Ingredients

Dry ingredients for Zucchini Chocolate Cake.
Dry ingredients for Zucchini Chocolate Cake. | Source

Dry Ingredients After Mixing Well

The dry ingredients should look like this after they are mixed well.
The dry ingredients should look like this after they are mixed well. | Source

Instructions for Zucchini Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C). Grease and flour a 9" x 13" baking pan Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients (except the walnuts): flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix the dry ingredients together well.
  3. Add the vegetable oil to the dry ingredients, and mix everything until smooth.
  4. Now add the eggs to the other ingredients in the bowl. Make sure everything is blended well.
  5. Next, add the zucchini and walnuts to the mix, stirring until all is well mixed. The dough will be fairly stiff.
  6. Pour and/or scrape the mixture into prepared baking pan. Push the batter into the corners and spread the mix evenly over the baking pan.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  8. May be served with or without frosting. Cool completely before frosting. Cream cheese frosting is recommended for this type of cake.

The Cake Batter is Ready

The cake batter ready to go in the oven.
The cake batter ready to go in the oven. | Source

Nutritional Values for Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/24
Calories 240
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 17 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 35 mg12%
Sodium 165 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Please Watch These Selected Videos

Here are a few recipe videos with different versions of Zucchini Chocolate Cake. I even posted one video that makes Zucchini Chocolate Cake without sugar, and even another video recipe that excludes gluten, grain, and even dairy products!

After you finish watching the videos and reading this, please take a moment to write a short comment at the end of this page.

Thank you!

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Superfood Zucchini: What's in it For Me?

Zucchini is a type of summer squash, and is a superfood of nutrition.

You probably wonder how much 3 cups of shredded zucchini provides, in the form of nutrition?

Based on the USDA Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of 2,000 calories, 3 cups of shredded zucchini provides:

  • 60 calories
  • 6 grams of fat
  • No cholesterol
  • 37 milligrams of sodium (low-sodium)
  • 975 milligrams of potassium
  • 12 grams of carbohydrates
  • 4 grams of dietary fiber
  • 6 grams of sugars
  • 4.5 grams of protein
  • 15% Vitamin A
  • 6% Calcium
  • 105% Vitamin C
  • 7% Iron

Looking at this in a different way, zucchini's calorie composition is:

  • 75% Carbohydrates
  • 16% Protein
  • 9% Fats

So, as you can see, 3 cups of shredded zucchini adds quite a bit of nourishment to your diet!

My advice: Eat more zucchini!


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    • miriamyentraccm profile imageAUTHOR

      Miriam Parker 

      3 years ago from Ontario, CA. 91761

      peachpurple: Try it! It is very tasty-- you don't taste the zucchini, but it's in there! Thanks for your post!

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      This is the first time i hear adding veggie into chocolate cake

    • miriamyentraccm profile imageAUTHOR

      Miriam Parker 

      3 years ago from Ontario, CA. 91761

      Hi, RTalloni: I agree, chocolate can make anything taste good, right? And, yes, it is a very nutrient-dense food. Low calorie, too!

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      3 years ago

      As one who believes that chocolate is a primary food for life I'm thinking this zucchini chocolate cake is a must try. Thanks for a reminder that zucchini is filled with good-for-the-body nutrients.


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