Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Moist chocolate cake with grated zucchini with a rich chocolate buttercream frosting. You can’t even taste the zucchini so this is definitely the best way to eat your vegetables!
It is summertime and zucchini is growing in gardens everywhere. I have a very small garden filled mostly with herbs and peppers but I dream of a garden full of plentiful zucchini. While I wait for my zucchini to grow, I head over to the grocery store and load up my cart with so much zucchini. I recently found it for 33 cents per lb which is an unbelievable steal so I stocked up.
The first recipe I wanted to create was definitely a chocolate cake. The beauty of zucchini is that it can be disguised so well in recipes. You don’t even taste it! Since I already have a killer chocolate cake recipe and a chocolate zucchini bread recipe, I thought I would combine the two recipes and make the perfect chocolate zucchini cake recipe!
I added 3 cups of grated zucchini to this cake and I am telling you that you can’t even taste it at all! It is seriously a magical chocolate cake with hidden zucchini. The zucchini just makes the chocolate cake extra moist which is a win-win.
After some experimentation with cakes, I found that oil creates the moistest cake texture. Sour cream is also a game changer in this chocolate zucchini cake as it adds the right amount of fat to keep it extra tender. Once you frost this zucchini cake with chocolate frosting, it becomes a show-stopping dessert.
How to make the Best Chocolate Zucchini Cake:
- Start by grating the zucchini. Once the zucchini is grated, I spread it out on paper towels to let them soak up some of the liquid from the zucchini.
- Mix together the oil, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamed together. I usually reach for canola oil in my cakes.
- Stir in the grated zucchini and sour cream. I prefer to use full-fat sour cream in my cake recipes.
- Add dry ingredients and mix only until combined. You want to avoid over-mixing as it will create too much gluten in the cake.
- Bake only until a toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center of the cake.
- Cool completely and then frost with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake Moist chocolate cake with grated zucchini with a rich chocolate buttercream frosting. You can't even taste the zucchini so this is definitely the best way to eat your vegetables! The Best Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe.
- 3/4 cup Oil (such as canola)
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 large Eggs
- 1-2 teaspoons Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream (preferably full-fat)
- 3 cups Grated Zucchini
- 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup Butter (softened)
- 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
- 3 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream or Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start by grating the zucchini. Once the zucchini is grated, spread it out on paper towels to let them soak up some of the liquid from the zucchini.
In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamed together. Stir in the grated zucchini and sour cream.
Add cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix only until combined. You want to avoid over-mixing as it will create too much gluten in the cake. Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into a 9 x 13 pan (you may lightly spray it with non-stick cooking spray). Bake for 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center of the cake.
Cool completely and then frost with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and heavy cream until light and fluffy. May add more heavy cream depending on desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake.