Moist and delicious, this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake is so easy to make and is a great way to get everyone to eat their vegetables.
The story of Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Know what happens when you grow zucchini in the summer and go away for a few days?
You get zucchini.
Many many zucchinis.
Big monster zucchini.
So what to do? How about making a Chocolate Zucchini Cake? Well, I actually made Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes, because they are more portable and easier to pack in a lunch box or picnic basket, and no worries, this is one way EVERYONE will enjoy eating their veggies.
My friend Christine was nice enough to send me this recipe. Everything is made in a food processor; but if you don’t have one, use a mixer, or even do it the old-fashioned way…by hand.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake (or cupcakes)
- For the Cake
- 2 ½ cups unsifted all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa I like Ghiradelli
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- pinch salt
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla use real, not imitation vanilla, it really does make a difference
- ½ cup 2% buttermilk or sour your milk by mixing 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar to milk and let it sit for 5 minutes
- 1 stick ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
- ½ cup oil I used olive oil for its heart-healthy properties, and no, you can't taste it
- 2 cups coarsely chopped or grated zucchini patted dry
- For the Frosting
- 1 stick ½ cup unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons ⅜ cup evaporated milk
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 - 3 cups confectioner's sugar also known as powdered sugar
- Chopped toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
- Prepare the Cake or Cupcakes: Heat the oven to 325°F. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and a pinch of salt; mix with a fork and set aside.
- n a food processor, process the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy, then add the butter. Process about 1 minute. With the machine running, add the milk and oil. Stop the machine and add the zucchini; plus until mixed; add the dry ingredients and process, with pulses, until the flour disappears. Do not over process.
- Pour into greased and floured cake rounds (tip: use cocoa powder to flour your pan, it adds more flavor and better color) Or, ladle into a muffin tin that has paper inserts; fill about ¾ full.
- Bake for 40 - 45 minutes (for the cake) or 25 minutes (for cupcakes); or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool then frost.
- Prepare the Frosting: In a small pan heat the butter and evaporated milk. Chop the semi-sweet chips in the food processor; with the machine running add the hot milk mixture. Add powdered sugar to make a spreadable consistency. Spread on the top of the cake; sprinkle with nuts, if desired.