Chocolate Zucchini Cake

June 28, 2010
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: It's a family recipe that has been handed down. - HikerHiker

Food52 Review: It’s a cake. It’s a vegetable. What could be better? Hiker’s recipe calls for 3 squares of chocolate – I went with a dark unsweetened Ghirardelli, I assumed (correctly I think) that something of that sort was called for. I also used a bundt pan because that’s what I have. This is a great cake – not too sweet, with a dense moist sort of sponge texture. Chocolaty, but not overly so. Icing would be too much – we dusted with powdered sugar as recommended. - AargersiThe Editors

Serves: 1 cake


  • 3 pieces Chocolate squares
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
In This Recipe


  1. Melt chocolate and let cool
  2. Grease and flour tube cake pan
  3. Sift all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  4. Beat eggs til fluffy, add sugar 1/4 cup at a time
  5. Add oil and chocolate at low speed, mix well
  6. Next add dry ingredients.
  7. Add grated zucchini, mix well
  8. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 min until center springs back, can also check with a toothpick
  9. Cool 15 min. then remove from pan
  10. This is moist enough that you can serve it without frosting. Dust with powdered sugar.

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Reviews (2) Questions (1)

2 Reviews

MrsBeeton August 13, 2015
I love the consistency of this cake as well. For flavor, I added vanilla, and also a teaspoon of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of cloves. As for sweetness--yes, 2 cups of sugar is probably enough, and if you also add a good handful of chocolate chips to the batter, the cake is plenty sweet.
Darlin June 30, 2014
As followed, the recipe produced a really moist, soft, dense cake - awesome consistency. However, I found that cake was generally lacking in flavor even after I added vanilla. I think it might be better using 3/4 cup or so of unsweetened cocoa powder rather than the melted chocolate for the sake of flavor. Additionally, 3 cups of sugar is probably too much - 1 1/2 - 2 would be better.