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Chocolate Zucchini Cake (Loaf Pan)

by on October 3, 2008 · 15 comments

Last night I was going through an old Southern Living Annual (2002) and this zucchini cake caught my eye. The only problem was, it was a giant Bundt cake and I just don’t need a full Bundt cake now.

Below is a half batch loaf pan version which I modified slightly by adding a few miniature chocolate chips and a dash of vanilla. Results were excellent, but I think the cake would be fine even without the extra chips. And speaking of chocolate, someone in the review section of myrecipes.com said that she used cocoa powder & extra oil in place of the 1 ½ oz melted chocolate. The substitution for a loaf cake would be 4 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and an extra 1 ½ tablespoons oil. So if all you have is cocoa, you can still make the cake.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5 inch metal loaf pan and dust it with cocoa powder. Alternatively, you may just spray it with flour-added cooking spray.

Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Beat eggs with an electric mixer. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until light. Reduce speed of mixer and beat in vanilla, melted chocolate and oil. By hand, stir in the flour mixture. Fold in zucchini, pecans and chocolate chips. Pour batter into pan.

Bake at 350° for 70 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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Published on October 3, 2008

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Katrina October 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

I bought one of those giant overgrown zucchini at the farmer’s market last week just to make something yummy like this with it.
Love that, buy a sofa get a piece of cake!

Joanna October 3, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I love how powdered sugar makes every dessert look so pretty and delicate. All summer, my mom made a chocolate zucchini cake every 2 weeks because we have an insane zucchini garden that won’t stop producing zucchini. I know if I show her this recipe, she’ll make it in a heartbeat. haha

Jennifer October 3, 2008 at 1:16 pm

I agree with Bethany! Especially if it’s getting to the end, hasn’t sold, and you don’t want to have to drag it back inside!

I love zucchini cake, one time though my uncle made zucchini ice cream to go with it-not as good!

Heidi October 3, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I had my mom make a chocolate zucchini bundt cake several years for my birthday. I was able to justify that it was healthier than a normal cake.

VeggieGirl October 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Definitely serve it at the garage sale!!

snookydoodle October 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I like chocolate and zucchine. This looks really great. And its healthy isn’t it. It s got vegetables :-)

Bethany October 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

You should SOOOO have a bake sale on the side of the garage sale!

Bethany October 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

PS. Buy a cake, get a sofa! haha

Lara October 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Mmmm. I’d buy a sofa for that.

Rina October 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I say sell the cake and stash the recipe somewhere between the seat cushions! If I were the buyer, I’d be happier than if I had found loose change.

Kate October 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I love your blog and have been following it for a while now. I love to bake also, and try to at least every other day. But I have a question for you :)
What do you do with all the cookies and cakes and brownies you make?! I love cookies, and I always hear it from hubby that I need to slow down cause I am going to make him fat. So what do you do with your finished products? do you eat them? give them away? Sorry if it is too random :)

clumbsycookie October 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I would love to go to a garage sale (never been to one). Of course I would prefer to be served that cake whenever I go to one! Looks very moist, almost like a mousse, but maybe that’s because of the picture.
I agree with Bethany, you should totally do a bake sale!

Kim October 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I sold homemade cookies at our last garage sale. They were a big hit! If I would have spent more time baking, I probably would have made a lot more cash, since most of our old junk didn’t sell.

Everyone has money for cookies!

Cathy October 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm

I don’t know if you have seen this recipe before; it was in Sunset Magazine a few years back. I substituted dried cherries and pecans for the raisins and walnuts. The cookies turned out almost a cross between a muffin top and a cookie. Yummy!

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1215062

Louise October 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

Where I live in PA, they have town wide yard sales all on the same day. There’s always at least one table of home baked goods from other sellers. It works out GREAT! Not only for selling but also for chit chat…

Chocolate Zucchini Cake is a weakness of mine and your tempting picture doesn’t help:) I wonder how this cake would work with applesauce instead of oil? Or would it?

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