Chocolate Zucchini Cake – Perfect for All Those Zucchini

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake is a revelation. Moist and redolent with cinnamon and zucchini, this chocolate cake makes great use of that prolific summer squash.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake from Life as Mom

Do you have friends who ding-dong-ditch bags of zucchini on your doorstep? Have a father who lets them lie too long on the vine until the squash outsize a small child? Got a produce box rife with zucchini?

Then now’s the time to bake with them!

One of our family’s favorite ways to use up wayward zucchini is to bake with them. In fact, in my earliest homemaking years, when there were just two or three of us in the family, I would spend a couple days each summer baking All the Zucchini Things and stashing them away for winter in the freezer.

All the Zucchini Things would include:

and, of course, this Chocolate Zucchini Cake. It’s great to slice up the whole cake and freeze in serving-sized packages. They’re perfect for slipping into lunch boxes as they thaw just in time for lunch.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake | Life as Mom

This recipe is courtesy of my mother-in-law, Ruth. She passed away in 2008. I love it that I still have the recipe card she gave me, written in her handwriting.

Early in our marriage, Ruth warned me that her son, my husband, did not like vegetables. He denied it vehemently. She wasn’t entirely wrong. Her son doesn’t like all vegetables.

But, he does like chocolate bundt cake – with just a touch of powdered sugar. Ruth gave me this recipe years ago, saying it was a great way to sneak some vegetables into his diet. She was a woman who always thought of these kinds of things, long before they were trendy. There’s nothing new under the sun, is there?

Whether your people are zucchini fans or not, they will LOVE this Chocolate Zucchini Cake. It’s super moist, very flavorful, and just the perfect amount of chocolate flavor.

You’ll notice that Ruth’s recipe card includes pecans as well as a glaze. Since FishChick8 is allergic to several nuts, I err on the side of caution and omit the nuts, thus making them optional for this recipe. Since my husband prefers a powdered sugar dusting over a glaze, I go that route. It makes it easier to freeze without the glaze as well.

My favorite tools for making this recipe:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake | Life as Mom

Originally published April 14, 2009.

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  1. Bridgett says

    Wow, I’m gonna have to try this! It is hard to get my girls to eat anything green thats good for them.

  2. More than Survival says

    I’ve got some shredded zucchini in the freezer I need to use up before I have more coming from the garden! This sounds like a perfect way!! Thank you!

  3. LaVonne says

    Well this sounds pretty easy! I am going to have to bookmark this page and try it out sometime! Thanks.

  4. Sherry says

    This sounds yummy! 😀

  5. Jamie says

    What a great pic. LOVE it. He hasn’t changed a bit!

  6. Elizabeth says

    I made the “Our Best Bites” Chocolate Zucchini Bread this weekend…only problem is that my husband knows it was zucchini bread and refuses to even try it! You can’t even tell it’s there, but I can’t convince him to try it. 🙁

  7. I made this today for my guys – didn’t even top it with powdered sugar and they LOVED it. Thank you for a yummy recipe!!

  8. Diana says

    Do you think this would work in a 13×9? I don’t own a bundt pan but it sure looks yummy!

    • I would think so. I divided the batter last week between two loaf pans. Just check for doneness sooner than the recipe says so you don’t overbake it.

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