Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Cake

by Pamela

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Two things that I know to be fact are:

1 – It can be hard to get your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables.

2 – If you grow zucchini, right about now you’re trying to figure out any possible way to use or get rid of them.

I’ve got a bit of a solution for you – a super moist chocolate zucchini cake.  Yes, I said zucchini chocolate cake.  And no, it doesn’t taste like zucchini.  In fact, no one will even know that it’s in there.  One of the reasons why this cake is so moist is because of the zucchini that’s in it.  In case you never noticed, zucchini has a lot of water in it.

When I was growing up, this cake and zucchini bread were pretty much the only way I liked eating zucchini that my mom would make.  My mom already knows how I feel about her zucchini preparation and I even called her out on it back when I posted that zucchini soup recipe. If you need a quick refresher…she would fry it up in a pan to the point where it was a slimy gelatinous glob that looked and felt like I was eating a slug.  Yes, I do know what it’s like to eat a slug.  My two (male) cousins liked to torture me when we were kids.  I only have mild ticks and one permanent welt as a result of spending time with them.

I still love this cake because it’s really easy to make (no frosting required – woo hoo) and it’s not a super rich chocolate cake.  So you don’t feel like you ate a brick and then, shortly thereafter, fall into a sugar coma.

The other really great thing about this cake is that it calls for a good amount of shredded zucchini.  For those of you who are moms and can’t get your kids to eat enough vegetables, this cake is a Godsend.  I don’t have kids, unless you count Craig and the dog (which I do on most days because that’s how they act), and Craig really likes zucchini but he likes chocolate cake even more.  I get to kill two birds with one stone.

Relationship Advice

No one’s ass should grow proportionately to the number of months or years they are in a relationship.  Contrary to popular belief, that is not a law of nature.  Don’t believe me?  Google it.

While you may be thinking that I am talking about women in relationships…WRONG.  I’m talking about guys.  Okay, so a guys ass isn’t what usually grows as much as their belly does.  For this discussion, it’s the same thing.  So what can you do about it?  I thought you’d never ask.

  • Make your date night an activity: play tennis, ride your bikes, take a sunset walk (awww how romantic) or shoot some hoops.  Walking to the ice cream shop is not what I’m talking about here.
  • Don’t keep favorite snacks around the house.  If the craving really hits, then a trip to the store must be made.  You’ll find out how bad a craving really is.  If you’re so motivated for those cheese doodles that you’re willing to head to the grocery store in your slippers, then have at it.  (But I’m guessing if eating them requires you to move out of a comfortable place, there will be no cheese doodle bender.
  • Twice a month cook dinner together.  This will give you more bonding time and you can take a food adventure by trying to make a more complicated dish.  Since there’s 2 of you working on it, it won’t be as time consuming.  Take turns being chef and sous chef. (muahahah…this gets you into a little role playing that may spill over into the bedroom.  Hey, then you’ll be burning some extra calories too.)
  • Try making some ingredient substitutions for healthier alternatives.  Or try slipping vegetables into some dishes that don’t normally have vegetables in them. (Like mac and cheese or hey, this chocolate zucchini cake.)

Makes 1 9″ x 13″ Sheet Cake


  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil*
  • 1 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk (or see buttermilk substitute recipe)
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Cups Shredded Zucchini (from roughly 1 pound of zucchini)
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (divided)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farnenheit.

In a mixing bowl cream butter, oil and sugar together.

To the creamed mixture add the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.  Mix until thoroughly combined.

In a separate bowl thoroughly mix, or sift, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves and cocoa together.

Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl.  Add the dry ingredients in thirds and mix each addition thoroughly before adding the next.

Stir in the shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 9″ x 13″ pan and make sure batter is level.

Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes or when a toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out clean.

No frosting necessary.

* To lighten up this cake, you can substitute 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for 1/4 cup of oil.

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Olivia September 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Just made a batch and i’m in heaven. We used to make zucchini bread a lot…. so I have that familiar taste. This will be a regular regular recipe for me!

Pamela September 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Hi Olivia –

I’m glad to hear you like the zucchini bread and plan to add it to your regular recipes. I still can’t believe how moist the cake is (because of the zucchini).

Olivia September 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Yeah I brought it to work for a coworkers birthday today, and everyone loved it!! Thanks, again!

Jen Cheung August 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

love your relationship advices! man – my man are not romantic at all and I think we need to follow your advice or make him read it!! sigh. how to make a man romantic eh? kinda hard.

Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm


I’m a new reader to your blog.

Great looking cake, I always try to hide veggies in food so that my niece will eat them.

Thanks for the relationship advice. I like the idea of cooking together twice a month. We do that already but I want to start making dishes we haven’t made yet.


Pamela August 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Hi Lea – Welcome!

Making dishes together that you’ve never made before is a really fun way to connect more. Neither of you has the upper hand in knowing how the dish will turn out. So you are going on an adventure together. I think that’s great.

I’m sure, if you make this cake, your niece will devour it having no idea she just ate her veggies.

lipo August 12, 2010 at 5:35 am

Thanks for the highly informative and useful article. I have just finished baking my chocolate zucchini cake, and it tastes ludicrously delicious, its as if i’m floating on water, it is that satisfying! As for the relationship advice, a smooth move, may i add, as I went for a ‘sunset walk’ two days and it really did score some brownie points, thus it is highly recommended.

Pamela August 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Nice move on the sunset walk!

I’m so glad you like the cake. Thanks much for coming back and telling us how it turned out. Keep doing those walks and baking…you’re sure to score unbelievable amounts of points.

Lentil Breakdown August 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I’m with you 100% about the snack advice. That’s how I know if I want it badly enough—if I’m willing to leave my cocoon to induce that sugar coma. Usually I’ll end up binging on something unbingeworthy like dried fruit.

The Chocolate Priestess August 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

Awesome! I struggle with this constantly in my house and we’re all adults! It isn’t just fruit and vegetable but also whole grains my menfolk can complain about. I tend to make things, refuse to tell them what is it in and then make a note of what they like so I can make it again.

Pamela August 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Not telling them what’s in it is key! It’s funny what they’ll eat when they don’t know what’s in it. But God help you if it slips out what’s in something.

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks August 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Chocolate and zucchini, two of my favorite things. Too bad the name was taken or I would have swooped up on that one. I rode home on my bike with a basket-full of zucchini from the community garden yesterday – so this looks like it’s happening this week. Have you ever added walnuts to it?

Pamela August 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Hi Andrea – I’ve never added nuts, although I have added way more chocolate chips before. But it would lend itself well to the addition of nuts. You’d really be able to taste them too because the cake isn’t overly chocolate.

Kel August 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I made this today! Fantastic!

Pamela August 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

I’m glad to hear you liked the zucchini cake. Thanks for coming back to the site and telling us. I love hearing the results or any changes that are made to my recipes.

Maria @ ScandiFoodie August 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

This cake looks incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing!

melissa pellegrino August 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

its so true! men grow bellies and woman get butt! Its the apple and the pear theory

Pamela August 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I’m not sure which is worse. Of course guys also get those hairs growing out their ears and noses which is pretty gnarly too.

Dorothy at August 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

Great minds are thinking alike….I just posted a chocolate-coffee zucchini quick bread, along the same lines!

Pamela August 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Dorothy – I saw that as I was doing my post. We should swap!

penny aka jeroxie August 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Looks super moist!! And thanks for the package… Yum!

Baking Serendipity August 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Hidden veggies in baked goods are the best! This looks delicious…especially with all the chocolate chips 🙂

Kathy Gori August 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

chocolate and zucchini who would have thought?!! Looks amazing.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm

This cake looks fabulous! I love that it doesn’t need frosting, and that it is a way to use up some of those zucchini. Thanks!

Chef Dennis August 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

great relationship advice!! and I love that chocolate zucchini cake…its a wow….and I’m actually getting my veggies too!

marla August 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm

From the sound of it I could cause some major caloric damage with this moist zucchini cake. Bet I could knock out many veggie servings in one sitting. Speaking of sitting, love your idea about active date nights 🙂

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