Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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I think chocolate and zucchini make a phenomenal combo. If you’ve never tried the two together, now is the time. Also, this is the best way I’ve found to disguise zucchini for the little zucchini-haters in my household. All three of my kids get their faces covered in chocolate and ask for seconds. They have no idea that there are two whole zucchini in there… and even if they happen to spy a green fleck or two, they just plain don’t care. It’s too good to care.

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When I pulled the cake out of the oven, the chocolate chips were warm and melty and the cake was tender and moist from all the zucchini and buttermilk baked right in. It was delicious served warm with a tall glass of milk. Dig in and eat your vegetables!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Yield: 1 9x13 cake

IMG 9488 Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Adapted from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary, originally from Bon Appetit


  • 2-1/4c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2c cocoa powder
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1t salt
  • 1-3/4c sugar
  • 1/2c butter, softened
  • 1/2c canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1/2c buttermilk
  • 2c zucchini*, grated
  • 3/4c semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt into a medium bowl.
  3. In another bowl, beat the sugar, butter and oil in a large bowl until well blended. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk in 3 additions. Mix in grated zucchini.
  5. Spread into prepared pan (I used an offset spatula for even spreading). Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool about 15 minutes, slice, and serve warm.


I grated two medium zucchini which was about 2-1/4c. I went ahead and used all of it in the cake.

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Made this as a sweet treat the other day and ended up with much more than I was bargaining for (which is never a bad thing though)! My bf brought the leftovers into work and they absolutely loved it, thank you for another fantastic recipe! 

Marc khoury
Marc khoury

I added 3/4c chopped walnuts and it gave it an awesome taste. Thanks for sharing! 


this was to die for...the best!!!! even ate it for breakfast the next day!

Colleen S Moore
Colleen S Moore

bookmarked, i can't wait to try it. so far chocolate chip zucchini bread is the favorite zucchini delivery system in our home.

Robbi Sullivan
Robbi Sullivan

I bet this is great! I made zucchini brownies off of Pinterest and they were the best brownies I've ever had by far. Love zucchini!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

LOL that's too funny! I'm glad you found it because I was going to mention it when I saw your first comment. :) Thanks for the great recipe (I think I too found you on Foodgawker).


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