Buttermilk Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

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I received this recipe from my best friend over 10 years ago...and I still get rave reviews whenever I serve it. The zucchini makes it very moist. My husband and I plant grass seed and have a few animals on our farmette here in Lancaster County.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium), drained
  • 1/2 to 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 328 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 337mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream sugars, butter and oil. Add eggs, vanilla and buttermilk; mix well. Sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Add zucchini and stir until blended. Pour into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Cake in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p7

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Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 161422
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"Good cake. The only change I made was to use about 1 1/4 C chocolate chips, and 1 extra Tbsp of cocoa for a richer, more chocolaty flavor. And I sprinkled 1/3 C chopped walnuts on top with the chocolate chips. It was yummy."

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