Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

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The hint of chocolate in this moist cake is an unexpected flavor and a nice surprise.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 372 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, oil and sugar. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in zucchini.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Cake in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p25

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GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 252252
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"This cake was ok. The cloves are way too overpowering and it's all that you taste. It's a very greasy cake too. I've never made a cake that leaves a grease mark on a paper plate like pizza does. There are far better chocolate zucchini cake recipes out there."

rexmolly User ID: 7382044 20194
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

"Wonderful! Wouldn't change a thing...took it to a party last night, and came home with only 4 pieces left. Everyone raved about it."

Vernine User ID: 5991586 73864
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"This was a hit not only at home but at work. I even made it using some shredded carrots with it. also good."

corrienat User ID: 5847244 39582
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Very good! I would put more chocolate chips on top next didnt seem like it was enough."

Joan Laska User ID: 2394184 40433
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"This was a ok cake, not what i expecting. I was looking for a cake with more chocolate flavor, so if you want a chocolatey cake I would suggest finding a different recipe."

ckolodji User ID: 3604506 202052
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Amazing!! Moist and gone fast.. we couldn't stop eating it!"

lynnmerie User ID: 4275852 45791
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"Hi my mom just made this today I thought it was good I'm 9 years old"

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