Show Subscription Form

Chocolate Zucchini Roll Recipe
Chocolate Zucchini Roll Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Chocolate Zucchini Roll Recipe

Publisher Photo
"I created this moist cake roll to use my garden zucchini," says Victoria Zmarzley-Hahn from Northampton, Pennsylvania.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded peeled zucchini
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 309 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 318 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. Line a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper. Grease the paper; set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to egg mixture until well blended. (batter will be thick).
  2. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Invert onto a kitchen towel dusted with cocoa. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  4. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place seam side down on a serving platter. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Roll in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p67

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 309 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 318 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Chocolate Zucchini Roll

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"I think this is the best zucchini recipe I have found!! The first one I made I grated the zucchini and put it into a strainer to let excess moisture drain out. It only cracked a little when rolling and all I did was slice on the crack and nobody knew! Now the one I made today I didn't drain any of the zucchini and it cracked even more. But I was still able to roll it up and once again, I will slice on the cracks. I am thinking the moisture is a factor so I will definitely drain from now on. I also baked for 15 minutes anything sooner left it "sticky". I love the filling but I was thinking of trying it with Strawberry cream cheese for a different variation. I also thought of Marshmallow, Cherry nut, or Gob fillings too! This is definitely a keeper going to make them and freeze them for the holidays!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"Rolling it didn't work for me either so I made it into a torte. Tastes the same although it doesn't look as pretty since there is not enough to frosten the sides."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

"I have made roll cakes before w/o a problem, but this one cracked when I unrolled from the towel. I still filled & re-rolled, but it was impossible to cut w/o falling apart :( After reading all of the other great reviews, I'm wondering if my zucchini had too much moisture. Not really sure, but very frustrating...Thought this was going to be a keeper."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"I made this when I was expecting company. My husband and I ate it before the company got here so I had to make another one to serve to them. It is really good and not very difficult to make."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"I have made a lot of roll cakes but this one did not work for me. I made it just like the recipe called for, letting it cool 5 minutes before rolling it up as directed. When it had cooled completely and I unrolled it, it fell all apart and was more like a fudgy brownie. Not sure what went wrong, the cake its self was very good. Not a complete loss, going to make cake balls out of it, but definately not going to serve it to my bunco group tomorrow."

Loading Image