Chocolate Zucchini Cake

16 Nov

I promise I will get back to savory recipes soon, but all this schoolwork along with the disappearing sun just makes me want to bake (and to eat things that are baked). There is nothing like spending an hour or two whipping up something sweet while your very soon to be due homework patiently awaits you untouched on the kitchen table. Even the cleanup feels relaxing as anything that isn’t chemistry seems like the perfect thing to be doing. Good habits I have, I know. So today while avoiding the thought of the tests to come this week, I thought about how we needed to throw some chocolate in the mix. Here is a healthy and delicious cake that really only takes about 15 minutes to throw together. The zucchini adds great moisture while the olive oil gives it a nice earthy twist. It would be great frosted or not. Serve with a nice big glass of milk and enjoy!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Makes one small loaf pan or 12 small cupcakes.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup zucchini, coarsely grated
  • zest of 1 small orange
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl beat together sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla until thick and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Once fully combined, mix in flour mixture. Stir in zucchini, zest and chocolate chips. Pour into a small greased loaf/cake pan or divide into your muffin pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes (less if you are making cupcakes). Cake should be firm up top with a nice softness in the middle. Allow to cool then serve.

Thank you for staying tuned and check back for more to come soon!



One Response to “Chocolate Zucchini Cake”

  1. Shannon Faverty 12/01/2011 at 10:08 am #

    Hey Chloe,
    I am in awe of your blog and want to make everything!!
    Please get in touch with me, I would love to catch up!
    Happy Holidays

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