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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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The zucchini in this cake lends more texture and moisture than flavor, but anytime I can sneak some vegetables into my family’s dessert, it is a no-brainer! I also garnished this with jonny jump ups, but violets or pansies would be lovely.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 cups Shredded Zucchini
  • 1-½ cup White Sugar
  • ¾ cups Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 1-½ cup Cocoa Powder (I Used Hershey's Dark Cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Milk
  • _____
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 1 cup Salted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 cup Dark Cocoa Powder (I Used Hershey's Dark Cocoa)
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Espresso
  • ½ cups Milk

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 325ºF.

Shred the zucchini on a box grater. Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the eggs and beat to combine.

In a separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and sift them all together.

Add half of the flour mixture to the batter, and then half of the milk. Repeat.

Add the zucchini and mix well.

Prepare two 9” round cake pans with baking spray. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans.

Bake the cake rounds for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

So dark and chocolaty!

Remove the cakes from the heat and let them cool on a rack completely.

Beat all of the frosting ingredients, whipping them until fluffy and uniform.

To assemble the cake, ice the first layer of the cake. Lay the second layer on top and then frost the top and sides.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

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Lindsay J on 9.20.2013

Baking this now in the oven. The recipe didn’t say at what point to add the cocoa powder, so I added it with the flour. Is that correct?

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Michelle on 5.6.2011

This looks delicious! I love zucchini bread but have never thought of putting it in a cake, what a great idea. I’m attempting to grow some zucchini this summer too, it will be perfect!

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CoffeeBiscotti on 10.11.2012

Very rich…..BUT very GOOD! My family really enjoyed it. Thanks so much.

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