Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Desserts, Recipes | 32 comments

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Does Chocolate Zucchini Cake count as a vegetable or dessert? Perhaps if you eat it with your meal; it’s a vegetable, but if you eat it later; it’s a dessert! Either way, this recipe is one to use again and again. It is moist, delicious, and doesn’t need frosting! 
If you have a garden and plant zucchini, you know you’re going to need lots of zucchini recipe ideas for using all that a plant produces. This is one recipe idea that can be made over and over again. It is so good! I grate the zucchini and freeze in 2 cup portions so I have it ready to use for baking another cake when needed. A friend gave me this recipe. She found it in an old church cookbook.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Old Cookbook Find!
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Serves: 12-15 pieces
Rich chocolate cake made with grated Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour milk (use regular milk with a tsp. of lemon juice to curdle it or use buttermilk)
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa pwd.
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c. cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream together oil, butter, eggs, and sugar.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients and zucchini.
  4. Pour into greased 9×13 cake pan.
  5. Sprinkle chips and nuts (optional) on top.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 min.

The batter will look like this….

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


It looks light, but don’t worry, it bakes darker.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


This cake is so moist, rich, and delicious! It’s hard to resist especially if you’re a chocolate lover. 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


If by chance you have leftovers, it freezes well! 

Now, do you consider this a vegetable or dessert? Hmmm….I wonder….



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  1. This looks fabulous! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! It’s great to party with you! I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope to see you again this week! xo

    • Fabulous is a great word for this cake! Thanks!

  2. Haha, I like your reasoning…I guess I should eat mine with my meal 😉 Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!


    • Yes, we could get in our vegetables easier!

  3. This looks so amazing! I’m drooling right now! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

    • Thanks for pinning and tweeting! I appreciate it!

  4. I totally pinned this…it sounds amazing!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • Thanks for pinning! I love this cake!

  5. This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I’m Anita visiting from A Creative Princess.

    • It is such an easy , but great one! You’ll get raves! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. That cake looks to die for. What a great recipe for this time of year. Thanks for sharing at domesblissity link party.

    • It is delicious!

  7. This looks divine! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again at this week’s party:-)

    • I’ll see you there!

  8. Yum! I have to ask, though – what’s “sour milk”? Is that buttermilk, or something else?

    • It can be buttermilk, but I use regular milk and add a little lemon juice, let it sit for a few minutes and then add it. Thanks for the question, I’ll ammend the recipe!

      • Great. Thanks for clearing that up. I’m super sensitive to things in these old cookbook recipes I don’t understand, since I got a collection of old family recipes from my husband’s side as a belated wedding present. Unfortunately, his mother had already passed away (one of her friends completed it for me), so I couldn’t ask her questions. There were a bunch of recipes in there that had missing steps, missing ingredients, etc. There was one, in particular, for Jello Candy that looked simple enough…until I actually tried to make it! I ended up with a bright orange glob! The thing that hung me up (I think) was the instruction that said “stir until ready to pour.” I think I was ready to pour before the Jell-o candy was!

  9. It definitely counts as a vegetable (and it looks amazing!)

    • Thanks for that vote! It is so good!

  10. Wow looks so yummy. What a great Fall dessert using up all that zuchinni. This weeks Fabulous Fall party is open. Come over and share. You can link any Fall themed post! I’d love to party again this week!

  11. This sound yummy. I’ve made a zucchini bread that has chocolate in it and it too is delicious. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Just made it again tonight! It is yummy!

  12. Yum! I just made this, and it was so very good. Thank you for sharing.

    • Great! Glad you liked it!

  13. Yumm! This looks so good!

    • Tastes good, too!

  14. Chocolate and zucchini is such an amazing combination! I’m a huge fan and this particular cake looks divine! I love the walnuts you add in. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #ThrowbackThursday

    • You could change to pecans, too! It is such a moist cake!

  15. We always have a ton of zucchini hanging around this time of year. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing it I am going to give it a try.

    • You’ll love it!

  16. Thanks for the wonderful feature of this post! I appreciate it!


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