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Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe

Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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 in 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

lapodo User ID: 4472715 126672
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This cake was a big hit at my house. I will definitely make it again."

Angel_Food User ID: 245187 191245
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"This was excellent and I can't wait to make it again. I left out the walnuts. It was moist and flavorful. I love chocolate and orange together. Next, I'm going to try making them into cupcakes and using either a cream cheese frosting or an orange and vanilla buttercream frosting....yum!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 194614
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"The cake had a very good flavor...I used pecans instead of walnuts. The glaze melted into the cake keeping it very moist, but a lot of it ended up oozing out of my cake carrier. I actually prefer zucchini bread to the cake."

lindabanks User ID: 1597655 191244
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I LOVE this cake. It is very moist, almost like a brownie texture. I made two and froze one. As soon as I ate the first one, I thawed the second one. I recommend using fresh black walnuts. I think that is the key ingredient."

CherGrubbs User ID: 4405635 110411
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I can't say it was excellent, because I don't know - I think I did something wrong when I made it. I think I was too generous in my zucchini measurement (who doesn't try to use as much zucchini as possible?) and I ended up with a bundt pudding (baked it for an extra hour, but still was thick and gummy.) Loved the flavor - will try again some day, but measure the zucchini more accurately."

lrazzano User ID: 1269238 149781
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"Great cake! Very moist. Everyone who tried it asked for the recipe."

kaylan2009 User ID: 5764514 194959
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"We really liked it! Very moist."

mrskscookies User ID: 2078348 110409
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"I'd like to finish my review...unfortunately, I did not have any walnuts for my cake so I just left them out, and found the cake was fine without. the glaze melts into the cake and adds just enough orange flavor and moistness to make it even better. I'll make it again."

mrskscookies User ID: 2078348 126671
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"I baked this cake today and loved the's a very moist cake. The orange compliments the chocolate, especially since I used dark cocoa in mine. Un"

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