Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

It’s the height of summer here in Maine and that means one thing right now – I’m up to my eyeballs in zucchini!!!  Our garden is producing enough to feed our family and probably at least 3 or 4 others.  Its zucchini madness!!

I have been cooking zucchini, grilling zucchini, and pretty much any other way you can think of.  I like to bake with it as well so Boo Boo and I decided to whip up a chocolate zucchini cake.

This is a recipe from a magazine called Countryside & Small Stock Journal by Marie Gerster from Ohio.  My neighbor let me borrow it to photocopy all of the zucchini recipes last year and we decided to test this recipe – it is really quite good!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.  Grease and flour a 9×13 pan or 2- 8 inch round pans.
  2. Mix the sugar, butter, oil, vanilla, and eggs until creamy
  3. Add the cocoa, flour, and baking soda – beat until mixed
  4. Add the milk and zucchini and mix until fully integrated
  5. Last add the chocolate chips and nuts (I didn’t add nuts) and mix
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I baked this cake in two round pans as I wanted to keep one for us and take one up to the neighbors.  I served this without any frosting but I think a simple buttercream or even a cream cheese frosting would be very tasty on it.  I also think the cake recipe would make a tasty base for whoopie pies.

Does anyone have a favorite zucchini recipe to share?  I would love to hear about them and try them in our kitchen – either sweet or savory!

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