Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A few days ago, there was a lot of interest in a picture of a cake that was posted on Twitter that I happened to give the baker the recipe for. Since several people expressed an interest in the recipe, I thought the easiest would be to share it here.

Here is a really good representation of what the cake will look like:


Picture taken and cake baked by @LaughOutLander

I was doing a final paper in college for my foods class – a five page report on a fruit or vegetable with science references and recipes. The recipes had to cover main dish, side dish, appetizer, and desert with only one repeat in the group. One of my professors gave me this recipe for the paper, but he didn’t remember where it initially came from. I’ve used it since then (I graduated in 1989) and have shared it with anyone who wanted it.

Please enjoy!


Group 1 – Use a LARGE bowl for this group
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp grated orange peel

Group 2
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
2 cup ground zucchini
2 tsp vanilla

Group 3
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter

Mix each group in separate bowls. Mix 1/2 of the #3 mixture with all of mixture #1. Mix well. Add mixture #2 to this (half #3 into all #1). Mix well. Add rest of mixture #3.

Pour into greased tube pan and bake at 350°F for 1 hour. Frost with chocolate glaze – following.


Chocolate Satin Frosting
1-1/2 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
2 Tbsp. hot water
3 – 1 oz unsweetened chocolate squares, melted
1 egg
4 Tbsp. softened butter or margarine
1/4 tsp rum extract (keep being tempted to add REAL rum here)

Mix ingredients. Add hot water a little at a time to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over cake.


One thought on “Chocolate Zucchini Cake

  1. tealrose1 says:

    And I have been honoured to be able to make this cake numerous times thanks to Beth ! It is delicious, moist and very chocolatey!

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