Chocolate Zucchini Cake

chocolate zucchini cake

No, you can’t taste the zucchini. I get asked that all the time. Well not all the time, just about the cake. If you’ve seen my previous post about my zucchini fortune cup runneth over, you’ll understand why I chose cake.

zucchini bowl front

I had so much I couldn’t give it away! BTW that’s 19 lbs of extra green squash!
Zucchini is actually great with chocolate as this cake proves. The pecans add depth and texture. Leave the peels on for added flavor.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This was my Mom’s recipe. I found it in her old handwritten cookbook notebook.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp.cinnamon
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan or use a 9×13 pan.
Squeeze out zucchini by hand to remove most of the excess moisture.
Whisk together oil, eggs, zucchini, milk and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, stir together cocoa, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
Mix wet and dry together then add nuts. You can also add a cup of chocolate chips or raisins at this time too.
Bake at 350 &#176 until inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

You can dust this cake with powdered sugar when cooled or frost it if you like. I prefer it as is.

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8 Responses to Chocolate Zucchini Cake

  1. Liz says:

    Oh, my. I wish I lived next door, Cindy. I’d be happy to take a few off your hands :) And I’d definitely try your zucchini cake! YUM.

    PS…yes, lava cakes are SO easy. The only tricky part is the timing, which differs with every recipe and every oven. But even if your first batch isn’t perfect, they will be delicious! I hope you give them a try :)
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  3. I wish my zucchini had done as well. I’ve been tempted to use my yellow squash in the recipe as that is what has filled my garden and I’ve been giving it away left and right. Love chocolate zucchini cake/bread! Have a wonderful weekend!
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  4. LyndaS says:

    That looks incredibly moist and delicious. I had to Pin it so that I can find it later to try. Thanks for sharing.
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