Magical Chocolate Zucchini Cake

     It’s that awesome time of year when piles of zucchini, squash and tomatoes show up on the lunchroom table at work, free to a good home.  I have a tiny urban garden, so rambling zucchini plants are a space luxury I can’t afford right now.  Thankfully, I have country co-workers who supply me with these beauties. I’ve already made some standard zucchini bread, and had one last lucky zucchini destined for this chocolate cake.
     Thankfully, my kids love all veggies, so I’ve never had to resort to trickery. I honestly can’t imagine the nutrients gained in zucchini could outweigh the chocolate issues this recipe provides.  But if it makes you feel better knowing there are veggies in this cake…great.  For me, I just think it’s amazing. The kids say it’s magic.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. cloves

3/4 cups dairy-free milk (soymilk or Silk PureCoconut)
1 t. vinegar
1 t. vanilla

1 stick dairy-free margarine (I use Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine)
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup safe chocolate chips (I use Divvies)

1.) Preheat oven to 325.
2.) Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl.
3.) Mix the soymilk, vinegar and vanilla together in a small bowl to thicken.
4.) Beat the margarine and sugar together until fluffy, add the oil and thickened soymilk. Beat well.
5.) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend gently with a spatula. Don’t beat.
6.) Once things are nearly blended together, add the zucchini and chocolate chips. Blend those guys in.
7.) Scoop into a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 45 minutes.
8.) Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out pretty clean.
9.) Cool before adding frosting.

Chocolate Icing
(comes together quickly, you can make while the cakes is cooling.)
1/2 stick dairy-free margarine
2 T. cocoa powder
3 T. dairy-free milk
1/2 t. vanilla
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1.) In a medium saucepan, bring the margarine, cocoa, soymilk and vanilla to a boil.
2.) Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar and whisk until all the sugar is blended in.
3.) Pour over top of the nearly cooled chocolate cake.

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24 Responses to Magical Chocolate Zucchini Cake

  1. looks delightful and simple ingredients:) it's the first thing we'll be making if zucchini come our way. And definitely an inspiration to grow some next year:)

  2. I made this for a family party. Everyone (including the zucchini-haters) loved it.

    I can't thank you enough for the awesome recipes you put on here. You are my favorite food allergy blog (our daughters share the same allergies). Next on my list to try – donuts! She has never had a donut. Only watched her older sister eat one :(

  3. I just had to update. I made the donuts and they were a HUGE hit. My daughter (and everyone else who tried them) loved them! Thanks again!

  4. Glad the donuts were a hit Stacey! They are perfect for fall with apple cider. I have some chocolate ones with sprinkles that I need to post one of these days as well…

  5. I just stumbled across your blog, it's great. I love new recipes. I have friends who are vegan and I don't always know what to cook when they come over for dinner. Thanks for the new ideas.

  6. This was an AMAZING cake! I subbed olive oil ’cause it’s what I had, cut the sugar by 1/4 cup ’cause it’s all I had, and never bothered to frost it ’cause well I didn’t have any powdered sugar.

    Nevertheless, it was so darn good! I ATE like 4 pieces a day! I think layered with frosting would take it from amazing to decadent! Thanks for a great recipe. I love to bake for my son’s preschool class and make something totally yummy with veggies.

  7. My family loved this cake. I decided to turn it into a zucchini gingerbread and it worked very well. I omitted the cocoa, replaced 3/4 cup of the sugar with dark molasses, changed the spices to 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, ginger and cloves and replaced the chocolate chips with 1/2 cup soft diced ginger (from King Arthur Flour store). I combined the zucchini and diced ginger and then had to drain a bit of liquid before I added them to the combined wet and dry ingredients mixture. I posted the revised recipe at King Arthur Flour and gave you credit for the original recipe.

  8. great cake. thanks for the recipe. my husband is a vegan – and this works perfectly for us. thanks for the post! i used honey in place of sugar to sweeten the cake and it turned out wonderful.

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  10. I made this tonight – absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe! My two year old as well as his grandpa loved it.

  11. How would I make this with gluten free? Is it as simple as substituting the flour? (ie white rice) I make this decadent recipe quite often, but a friend of mine just found out she is allergic to gluten as her birthday is coming up, so I want to make the cake so she can enjoy it (of course lol). Thank you very much for helping me out. I love alot of your recipes, but this one is such a hit with everyone I have shared it with. Have a wonderful day!

  12. Would you say a stick of dairy-free margarine is equal to about 1/2 cup? In New Zealand they don’t sell sticks of butter/margarine.

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