Chocolaty Zucchini Cake Recipe

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Wondering what to do with that bounty of garden zucchini? Use it to make this fabulous cake. My mom made this delicious chocolaty treat for us every summer when I was growing up. Now I have a family of my own and make it for them.—Denise Leonard, Exeter, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES:14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed dry
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts

Nutritional Facts

One piece equals 580 calories, 33 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 302 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, beat eggs on high until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in sugar. Add oil and chocolate; beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the egg mixture. Beat on low just until combined. Stir in zucchini and nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Cake in Light & Tasty June/July 2002, p49

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"This cake is very satisfying for the whole family! It is moist, yet has a slight texture of a zucchini bread, and everyone loves the chocolate addition. I use 72% dark chocolate and cane sugar in this recipe...for health reasons for all. I like that it includes 3 cups of zucchini because I have a lot to use up around here! Rave reviews on this side...MN."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"Loved it perfect for my abundance of zucchini"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"I was desperate to get rid of 4.5 quarts of shredded zucchini so I made this cake when my in-laws were coming to visit. I don't even like chocolate cake, but it was really good! My father-in-law even requested I make it again for his birthday cake!"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"The recipe also shows a "healthy" heart on it. Where do these standards come from? Maybe the heart means "heart attack alert"!"

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"To answer my own question, see the "makeover" version of this recipe. Great! Now I can try it..."

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