This double Chocolate Zucchini Cake is a rich, moist chocolate cake with zucchini throughout! A perfect way to use up all that extra zucchini!
I don’t have a garden so there is no reason for me to have a “zucchini problem”. And yet, I do. There are still 10 zucchini languishing in my refrigerator because I decided I wanted to make something or several somethings with it.
I impulsively bought 15lbs of zucchini at the market with no plan. Fortunately for me it’s a problem that can be (partially) solved with double chocolate zucchini cake! Hurray!
Let’s not kid ourselves. Just because there are veggies in the batter does not make this healthy! I briefly toyed with calling it a zucchini bread, but not even I could live with that lie!
This may sound obvious but have some patience with the slower learners in the room: double chocolate zucchini cake is not the cake for non-zucchini lovers. While it may have more chocolate in it than some regular chocolate cakes, the zucchini flavor is still present. Not overwhelming, but definitely there lurking in the background.
Oddly enough I could barely taste the zucchini on day 2. Not only had the cake gotten MORE moist but it also had almost masked the fact that there were veggies in it at all! Some may find this to be a disappointment, but I was elated!
This Chocolate Zucchini Cake is amazingly moist and decadently chocolaty! Do you like or even tolerate zucchini? Do you loooooove chocolate? Yes? Well then this is the cake for you!
Let’s enter the section where we all learn from my mistakes, shall we?
Tips for the best Chocolate Zucchini Cake:
- Choose the right pan: We all remember the Ugly Cake Situation that I mentioned in my Chocolate Fudge Glaze post, right? Well, this is the cause! This cake is too moist to be baked in a decorative bundt pan. There are those cakes that make a nice thick crust from the sugar and flour, but this cake is not it. Use a regular bundt pan or a cake pan lined with parchment. Trust me. I cried inside tears over getting this cake out so you don’t have to.
- Grate the zucchini: You don’t even have to peel it! Choose the smallest size on your grater and go with it! This will help the zucchini distribute evenly throughout the batter and it will help it become one with the cake. Unless you LOVE zucchini, nobody (normal) wants a giant piece of zucchini in their chocolate cake. It is a cake, not a salad.
- Squeeze Not: This is not a fritter or a carrot cake where you want to squeeze out all that excess moisture from the zucchini. No, no, you want all that moisture to be in the cake. That is what makes it so tender and moist. That is why it was better the second day! This is the gift that zucchini gives us! It is what she brings to the party.
I glazed this cake because she was frustratingly stubborn when I was trying to unmold her, but I suggest you glaze her up with my rich Chocolate Fudge Glaze regardless! Sure, just a dusting of cocoa powder and a dollop of whipped cream would be divine but with the fudge frosting, it is magnificent!Print