Zucchini Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Using a food processor to shred zucchini, I bake up this lightly sweet cake often. There's just the right amount of chocolate in every bite.—Leon Kingsley, Marshfield, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups shredded peeled zucchini
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 333 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, oil and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix well. Stir in zucchini. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  2. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Zucchini Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home August/September 1998, p47

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Can't wait to try"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Great for using up frozen grated zucchini not used for hubby's hunting muffins. This cake is SO moist it sticks to the roof of my mouth but who cares. I didn't frost mine. Didn't need it. Would recommend it and will be making it again."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"This was a nice, moist cake and a great way to use up zucchini. Thanks!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Surprisingly good! I forgot to peel the zucchini, but it didn't affect the flavour and texture. I only gave it 4 stars because it could be more chocolatey :)"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"The best chocolate zucchini cake recipe I've found."

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