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Friday, September 3, 2010

Ultimate Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Intensely chocolate, moist and richly delicious, you'd never know that this is a zucchini cake.

This is a cake that I love to make in late summer, when in a good year, there are far too many zucchinis in the garden.

It's a jungle out there.  There's always a moment when the zucchinis take over, or try to.
The best defense is a good offense, so I say,  Let them Be Cake!  

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


In Preparation:
Spray a 26 cm (10 1/4 in) springform pan with cooking spray
Preheat oven to 325F

1/3 cup light olive oil (or a mixture of EV olive oil and vegetable oil)
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup double-Dutch cocoa powder
2 T Black cocoa powder (optional) or regular cocoa powder
2 tsp instant coffee powder
2 cups shredded zucchini, heaping
3 ounces Callebaut dark Belgian chocolate, chopped small (or similar)

1.  In electric mixer with whisk attached, combine olive oil, apple sauce, sugar, eggs, vanilla,  and buttermilk.  Mix.

2. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, cocoa powder, coffee powder) and whisk until combined.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix well.
4. Fold in zucchini and chopped chocolate completely.

5. Pour into prepared springform pan; bake at 325 for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

6. Cool pan on rack.
7. Slice and serve plain, or with powdered sugar, chocolate glaze topping, or creme anglaise


  1. That looks so decadent and delicious - yum!

  2. I made a similar cake/cupcakes last summer, and you're reminding me that I need to get going again with all these zucchini ready to be cooked.

  3. Thanks! Now I have too many winter squash also! Sue

  4. Double chocolate is the key- I've been rocking the zucchini cake too. I also tried coconut oil instead of butter or olive. Super fruity and good.

  5. That sounds incredible ....I love coconut! This could go in the orange direction too I suppose. Good thing I have so much zucchini! Sue


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