Zucchini Walnut Chip Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Grace Engle of Cortland, Ohio relies on shredded zucchini to make this one of moistest cakes you've ever tried. She adds walnuts and chocolate chips to guarantee each piece is met with a glass of milk and a smile.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 298 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in zucchini and walnuts if desired.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for 30-35 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 Quick Cooking September/October 2001, p61

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Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"Great cake! I made 1/2 recipe and baked it in an 8-inch square pan. I used 1 egg. I started making the cake and realized I was out of canola oil, so I had to substitute with olive oil. It must have worked, because the cake was delicious. I was reluctant to make this cake because it called for cinnamon, but I think the cinnamon added something to the cake. I will make this cake again. Thanks for the great recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"This is a beautifully moist cake. You wouldn't know there was zucchini in it. I added regular chocolate chips to the batter and then used mini chips on top. I didn't add the walnuts."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"I made this cake for my sister who is gluten free, with a combination of oat and rice flour, and it turned out Amazing! We were both thrilled!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"Very moist and delicious every time."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"Very moist and delicious every time."

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