Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe
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Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe

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This moist and mouthwatering cake has a rich chocolate flavor, a hint of orange and is chock-full of zucchini and nuts. —Barbara Worrel, Granbury, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 282 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Fold in the zucchini, walnuts and orange peel.
  4. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p20

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button2001 User ID: 4536979 250511
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2016

"I might need a second opinion, but I think this cake would of been a lot better without the orange and cinnamon. Was very moist, didn't have any problem with it being done. Lowered the rack down one from middle. I didn't like the glaze either."

dieter's mom User ID: 3847129 230590
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"This cake was very moist as others stated. I would not make the glaze again as it just made a mess. I think if I make it again I will dry the zucchini a bit before adding it to the mix. We thought it was very rich & chocolatey & really liked it. Did not add the walnuts..just don't like them"

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 194616
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"Made this cake exactly per instructions..heavy and very dense...flavor is good but I think 3 cups of zucchini is way too much. I might make it again with half the zucchini. I baked it longer than called for in the recipe and it still was gummy and barely cooked in the center. Very disappointing after all the work."

Marlita User ID: 35128 115749
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"I followed the recipe exactly (except for omitting the nuts) but unfortunately I do not think I will be making this recipe again. I baked it for 1 hr, per the recipe but it was not baked in the centre. I ended up baking it for 1.5 hours and figured it had to be done. I just cut a slice to try, and disappointingly, the inside is still very doughy! Just put it back in the oven to try to salvage it but sadly I'm afraid it's going to end up being inedible :("

CaroleeMae User ID: 3493909 110413
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I thought the cake turned out really good. Do not over cook and it is moist. I did not care for the glaze. I think I will try the glaze again without the vanilla - just didn't seem to fit. Will try with orange juice only to moisten the powdered sugar into a glaze. Will make a little less glaze also. Good cake for a party dessert."

DarLynn4706 User ID: 6637169 194962
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"The only part of this recipe I did not follow was adding the orange zest & glaze as I don't like chocolate & orange together. The batter was like glue until I mixed in the zucchini and there was very little chocolatey flavour. I usually try to give favourable reviews but just can't this time.. so sorry."

rgris3 User ID: 5909906 193679
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"The spice in this cake was too strong, and I couldn't even taste the orange glaze. This flavor might appeal to some people but most certainly not to me."

administrator User ID: 1996148 116537
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"this turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!! it's moist, tastes great, and looks super pretty. everyone at work was very impressed. I highly recommend this!"

Adkgrl315 User ID: 6129045 178346
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"Everyone raved about it! Will definitely be making this again!"

chilipower User ID: 6100887 191249
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"Was my first time making a zucchini cake. Mine didn't come out very moist, but it was still tasty. I'll definitely try again!"

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