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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.

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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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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

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

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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"very good!"

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Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

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

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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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