Best Ever Chocolate Zucchini Cake
My son Samuel recently turned one year old! I can’t believe how quickly time goes by. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was waking up in labor with him, scared and emotionally distraught at the thought of bringing him into this world. The feelings I experienced while in labor (and before) are still fresh on my mind. It wasn’t the brightest time of my life (and that’s putting it mildly!). But, I digress. This post was supposed to be about chocolate zucchini cake, not my difficult pregnancy and delivery of my second child.
I had planned on putting on a beautifully themed Vintage Travel birthday party. I was going to have cute decorations (seriously, I found the most adorable set of 3 vintage hot air balloons at a thrift store that I couldn’t wait to use!) and favors for the children. Looking around on Pinterest for an afternoon left me believing that I could put on a Pinterest-worthy party.
So, I went onto Amazon and ordered some items for favors. There were these adorable favor boxes, earth bouncy balls, and balloons. I was also going to include a Hershey kiss or two with these adorable stickers on them. As it turned out, the boxes arrived too late and I ended up putting on a very simple, un-themed party and sending my favor supplies back. I still plan on doing my Vintage Travel Theme birthday party, but perhaps I’ll do it for Justice’s third birthday.
But, the cake.
I never had any idea of what I would do for cake. My husband believes it’s not a real birthday party unless there is a cake (and cupcakes don’t count!). I have no experience with cake decorating (it’s on my bucket list of skills to acquire) and had no room in the budget to buy one. But I did have 3 large zucchini’s in my fridge. I don’t particularly like eating zucchini but I have fond memories of chocolate zucchini cake (or bread!). A little searching on Pinterest (yes, I use it more than Google) came up with the recipe I’m sharing with you today.
Let me tell you, it really is as good as the pictures make it look. It’s moist, chocolatey, and the frosting is simply decadent. But, even better, it was super easy to make. And it slid out of my Bundt cake pan with no trouble at all.
The recipe calls for 2 & 1/4 cups of zucchini which was the entirety of my smallest zucchini. Since I still have two more, I am seriously trying to concoct a reason to bake another one of these delicious cakes. Hopefully I’ll come up with a good reason soon!
Without further ado, here is the recipe for the Best Ever Chocolate Zucchini Cake:
Recipe found on Great Grub, Delicious Treats
Note: My mother-in-law, who was going to be at the party, is lactose intolerant. To ensure she would be able to eat this cake, I substituted the milk with Coconut Milk. It turned out delicious!
For the Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup cocoa
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup milk
- 2¼ cups grated zucchini
For Chocolate Frosting
- 1 stick butter, melted
- ⅔ Cup Cocoa
- 3 Cups Powder sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar, oil, and eggs together until creamy.
- Add in vanilla, and mix until well combined.
- In a smaller bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt together with a small whisk just to blend everything together.
- Add flour mixture in with the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
- Slowly mix in the milk.
- After everything is well combined, stir in the zucchini.
- Pour into bundt pan and bake for approximately 60 minutes.
- Cake will be done when tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
- *Check cake at 50-55 minutes
- In a medium size mixing bowl, add melted butter. Mix in cocoa.
- Next add in some powder sugar and then milk, then some powder sugar then milk. Repeat until all is well mixed. Mix on low speed.
- After frosting is well blended, add in vanilla.
- Makes about 2 cups of frosting.
- Frost cake once cake has cooled.
Once you make this cake, leave me a comment and let me know how much you enjoyed it. Don’t eat it all at one time though! 🙂
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