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Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake Recipe

Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake Recipe

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: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 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

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking pan with cooking spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil on medium speed 1 minute. Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla; beat 1 minute longer. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just until blended. Stir in zucchini.
  • 3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Yield: 18 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 286 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Wakeshia85 User ID: 8808967 249593
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"This recipe is amazing! Made it for the family over the weekend and it was a big hit."

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keverwann User ID: 1807985 249568
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"Followed the instructions to a T. It has a nice crumb and rose nicely. It wasn't super moist, the chocolate flavor wasn't deep or pronounced, and the toppings didn't stick to the top (the crust was set by 20 minutes) or melt. Good vanilla ice cream made it better, but on its own it was very disappointing. I am really disappointed with the Taste of Home recipes that I have tried recently. Maybe my tastes have changed, but it seems like the TOH recipes I made 7 years ago were better."

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milltownt User ID: 1064713 249454
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

"I recently made these as cup cakes for a bake sale. A lot of work but so lovely!"

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yuehching User ID: 224401 223865
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"Good recipe. A little bit too sweet for my taste but overall very delicious! Thanks for sharing."

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Rabid_Monkey202 User ID: 5374101 220927
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Freaking amazing!!!! Not too sweet, but totally delicious, and dense, and chocolately, and...nomnomnom...I can't be bothered right now...I'm eating cake...nomnomnom"

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annscot User ID: 6714751 155634
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"Easy to make , really enjoyed by all the Family, would take to a church potluck. I froze a few pieces for later, and they were fine."

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SharronLynn User ID: 6846059 150152
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Great made as cupcakes, A hit with the granddaughters"

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dzz1qy User ID: 6636475 150150
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"very good!"

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nostress User ID: 3011536 150149
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"about how many pounds of zucchini equals to 2 cups shredded?? Thank you."

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BluePlatypus User ID: 6150599 134393
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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haymakermark User ID: 7365469 151966
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"between 4 and 5"

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lilbumper User ID: 6796981 151964
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"Absolutely Fantastic!!"

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beccalouise User ID: 6432664 68155
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."

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beccalouise User ID: 6432664 151963
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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skg55 User ID: 2887326 136695
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"This was delicious and moist... would make this again"

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Cathy203kqueen User ID: 4836452 105091
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"I made this fo r a club meeting pot luck luncheon.no one could believe it had zucchini in it

X"

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pmrob User ID: 6768402 68154
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"Amazing. Everyone who had a piece loved it!"

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pmrob User ID: 6768402 136689
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"Everyone in the family LOVED this cake. It is extremely moist and the chocolate chips on top are a great treat. Can't tell it has zucchini in it!"

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karbogast User ID: 2023342 134390
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"Very good......"

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rfiesty User ID: 6112572 105081
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"This is a wonderfully not too sweet cake! I didn't put the pecans on top of it, but added toffee bits and it was excellent! Everyone loved it. I'm always asked for the recipe, so a definite winner in my book!"

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rfiesty User ID: 6112572 61609
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"THIS IS THE BEST cake I'VE EVER MADE. EVERYONE WAS RAVING ABOUT IT."

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rmorse154 User ID: 4573500 155632
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"cake was very moist and had a wonderful rich chocolate flavor. I sure will make it again! Everyone who tasted it, liked it."

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iluvmyshepards User ID: 2220883 75730
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"I've made this cake several times this year alone. Wonderful way to use up zucchini. I've taken it to work and everyone who has sampled it has loved it too. Marvelously moist cake."

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JoBish User ID: 2233261 75729
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"My husband said the best cake he's ever had! I used part chocolate chunks and part chocolate chip minis. I liked the combination."

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JavaBean01 User ID: 1629720 134387
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I cut this recipe in half and baked it in a 8 X 8 pan and now I am sad that it's already all gone...so good..."

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1Frosty User ID: 3780533 136688
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"Simply delicious!!!"

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fallharvest User ID: 4419121 134968
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"This cake is very moist and has a good chocolate flavor. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to drt ingredients and adde toasted coconut to topping. would definitely would make again!!!!"

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Red Standard Poodle Mom User ID: 5788930 151931
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"My favorite chocolate cake! Everyone always asks for this recipe. I lightened it further by replacing the 1/2 cup canola oil with an addition 1/4 cup of apple sauce and 1/4 cup canola oil. So light and tasty!"

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Gail Michalski User ID: 1187374 136687
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"This is by far my new favorite chocolate cake! I can't wait to make it again."

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gizmogal User ID: 5394572 68153
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"I am disappointed that Have Your cake & Lose Weight too rated this recipe only one star on August 22, 2010, when the author clearly stated the recipe is "lighter than most chocolate cakes." cake by definition is not a healthy food compared to fruit and veggies. But this is a better choice than most. I made it today and substituted white whole wheat flour, used half Splenda for the sweetener. It was delicious - a real keeper."

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Have Your Cake & Lose Weight too User ID: 5038628 84469
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"This is not healthy. It is loaded with white sugar and white flour. I can not believe most people would really serve this 9x13 pan to 18 people. It contains 286 calories and has 42 gms of carbohydrates per tiny piece. It is not a healthy recipe just because it contains zucchini."

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lightedway User ID: 4228023 151917
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"My husband said, "Oh sure take something healthy and turn it into cake!" We loved it. I would recommend this recipe. It is easy to prepare and very moist"

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joedebfry User ID: 265172 134386
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"Excellent! As the author suggested, I often wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap to freeze. This is especially nice because there are only 2 of us at home."

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bluebowtye User ID: 119707 84463
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"I love this cake. It's chocolaty & delicious! My husband couldn't actually believe there was zucchini in it. It's hard to believe it is actually healthy. I did not peel my zucchini."

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ladybugksm User ID: 4357218 61608
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I have made this recipe a few times. I often make it in 2 8-inch square baking pans and freeze one to eat later. I love this recipe. It is so delicious and moist. My toddler loves it and I don't have to feel guilty about letting him have some because it is lighter than regular chocolate cake and it has plenty of zucchini in it. This recipe is a WINNER!"

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anndino User ID: 276723 155631
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"so good and moist and very easy to make!"

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bluebyrd User ID: 4179068 136685
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"After 30 years of marriage, my husband said this is the best cake I ever made - and I consider myself a good cook so it must be good."

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jafabian6 User ID: 1679820 150148
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"So yummy!!! It is not overly sweet but moist and great chocolate flavor!"

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kerred84 User ID: 4366449 134381
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"Even my "picky" daughter likes this. Its moist and "chocolatey"

Very good recipe."

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Margie522 User ID: 964263 150146
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Thanks alot !!"

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janetplanet830 User ID: 385065 207487
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Has anyone made this cake with sweet and low and eggbeaters?"

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sallyone User ID: 2104313 136684
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"No need to peel, just shred it all."

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rmsymonds User ID: 1286965 75728
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"As a Diabetic, sugar intake has to be considered. I don't see sugar in the Nutrition Facts. Why?"

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Margie522 User ID: 964263 159967
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"I've never used Zucchini in a cake before.  It sounds great, but do you peel the zucchini ?

Thanks"

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sbazz User ID: 4010950 136683
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2009

"This cake is so moist and a huge hit with my family. I have passed it onto several people who have an abundance of zucchini and are always looking for new ways to use it.

thank you,
nastynettie53"

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lblundy User ID: 604977 134967
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

"My son who is not a sweet eater couldn't keep away from this cake! It was moist and flavorful. The recipe is a keeper!!"

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jasavage17 User ID: 2816108 76686
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"This cake is so moist and good, I made it to use up some of my zucchini from the garden and brought a cake to work everyone really loved it and I have to print off the recipe to give out. Some of us at work are on Weight Watchers too so low-cal/fat recipes that taste this good are always welcome! Thanks!"

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fatkat420 User ID: 3903067 105080
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"i made this for a church event and its was the best chocolate cake i've made in a very long time this is a 5 star cake"

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Gilk User ID: 4117094 134963
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"To make this lower in calories could you sub Splenda for the sugar and still get a good product?

I'm doing Weight Watchers and would love to use our garden veggies in baking and this sounds
so good, have you ever tried it with Splenda?
Gilk
 "

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deang4421 User ID: 3549178 61606
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"After a generous sprinkling of pecans on top of this cake I drizzle chocolate granache, and it is wonderful."

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bolgi User ID: 1358042 105079
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"this cake is wonderful"

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zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 136682
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2009

"I make these in small bread loaves and freeze and give as Christmas gifts - always get rave reviews with I give this.

so moist and yummy!! love the pecans!"

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lightedway User ID: 4228023 150145
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2009 Edited Jul. 8, 2010

"I love this moist cake. It was nice to use the abundance of garden zucchini and see it get gobbled up! I did not have buttermilk on hand. I mixed 1 & 1/2 tsp. lemon juice and 1/2 cup milk for a substitute. Great!"

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scout52 User ID: 2456208 151916
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2009

"I have made a version of this cake, but it didn't call for applesauce. I will try this recipe, pecans sound really good in it."

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twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 207486
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2009

"Personally I love the extra tips and suggestions, even if it means changing the recipe a little. I can't even count how many times I've used those suggestions to tweak this or that and absolutely loved the result! Some of my favorite recipes are found this way.

I wish more people would share their little "experiments"!!"

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tommypoo User ID: 1263135 68152
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"I liked this alot, and better yet, the kids gobbled it up. I don't feel guilty when it has healthy veggies hidden inside."

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patches08 User ID: 2725749 136681
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"This recipe review is useless to me,because the cook changed the recipe to her liking.

When I want to read a review about a recipe I want to know how was the recipe as written."

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mslaughland User ID: 1642226 134962
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"Due to a dairy allergy, I substituted the 1/2 cup buttermilk with 1/2 cup water and 1 Tablespoon vinegar; also omitted chocolate chips."

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