Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Coconut Frosting Recipe
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Coconut Frosting Recipe

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Grated zucchini makes this cake really moist, and the topping adds a nice crunch. When zucchini is in season, I shred, measure and freeze it in 2-cup amounts for this favorite recipe. —Lois M Holben, Creal Springs, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 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 ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 440 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 246mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to batter alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in zucchini.
  2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p39

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BakerDeborah User ID: 1211561 252639
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"I've been making this cake for many years now, and it is always a favorite. I like the cloves in it, I wouldn't have thought to add that on my own. I do increase the cocoa to 1/2 cup, for my preference, and I can't add pecans to the topping because of an allergy in the family.

Love it!"

darlalyndgaard User ID: 8460174 252402
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2016

"BLAND!!! Not near enough flavor to this. Chocolate needs to double, as well as cinnamon."

KapaluaPrincess User ID: 6515781 159522
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"This is a delicious cake and speaks to my love of german chocolate cake. The topping is great, but, I doubled it, as a reviewer recommended."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 157568
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"Loved the frosting; cake was not as moist and flavorful as I was hoping."

alice balliet User ID: 1312313 159029
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"this cake is moist and delicious and everybody loves it. my only change would be is to double the topping recipe as it is sooo good and theres just not enough of it!!"

GardenMama51 User ID: 6116927 93167
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Awesome moist Cake!!!! My Husband loved it since he likes German Chocolate cake!"

stelfro User ID: 1439119 82947
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"very good! Everyone loved it!"

julia12 User ID: 1338744 91925
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"I love this cake & the topping is great."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1073288 156485
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"This cake was so good! It stays nice and moist because of the frosting."

haight25 User ID: 427392 92088
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"This cake was great. It had a light chocolate flavor and you could taste the undertones of the cinnamon very well. I would definately make this one again!"

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