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Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake Recipe

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As a confirmed chocoholic, this is my all-time favorite treat. I found the original recipe more than 20 years ago, but have lightened it up quite a bit. Everyone asks for the recipe, and no one suspects that it's lighter than most chocolate cakes. —Carleta Foltz, Sunrise Beach, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 286 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 152 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the eggs, applesauce and vanilla; beat 1 minute longer. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just until blended. Stir in zucchini.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 18 servings.
Originally published as Zucchini Chocolate Cake in Light & Tasty April/May 2006, p66

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 286 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 152 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 fat.

Reviews for Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

This is a great cake - not too sweet - really good chocolate flavor. I did not peel my zucchini, I used regular chocolate chips and omitted the pecans.

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Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

between 4 and 5

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Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

Absolutely Fantastic!!

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

great and easy recipe. i had to change canola oil for coconut oil and pecans for walnuts. i don't think that really changed the outcome of the recipe. I just don't keep canola oil in the house. this was good! the topping makes it great. I liked that it was easy to put together. the zucchini kind of melts in. now this is cake, so don't go expecting to get health food here. but i got to use a baseball bat of a zucchini (de-seeded and shredded, not peeled) in this recipe. i think that adds bulk and nutrients to the cake and our diets, plus I get to not waste my giant zucchini. so it's a great choice for a dessert! i split the batch between two loaf pans which worked very well. I intended to freeze one, but frankly it's going to be eaten very soon, so I won't bother. one last thing, I added about 10 minutes to the cooking time after adding the topping because it wasn't quite done yet.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

great and easy recipe. i had to change canola oil for coconut oil and pecans for walnuts. i don't think that really changed the outcome of the recipe. I just don't keep canola oil in the house. this was good! the topping makes it great. I liked that it was easy to put together. the zucchini kind of melts in. now this is cake, so don't go expecting to get health food here. but i got to use a baseball bat of a zucchini (de-seeded and shredded, not peeled) in this recipe. i think that adds bulk and nutrients to the cake and our diets, plus I get to not waste my giant zucchini. so it's a great choice for a dessert! i split the batch between two loaf pans which worked very well. I intended to freeze one, but frankly it's going to be eaten very soon, so I won't bother.

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