Zucchini Chocolate Cake


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I promised more zucchini recipes if my garden started producing, and what do you know? It has! So here’s a recipe for the enormous zucchini that gets away from you and is only good for bread! The same woman who traded corn for bread also gave me this recipe. It’s de-lish!

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

  • 1/2 c. margarine – (I used butter since I don’t use margarine)
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 3/4 c. sugar – (I used a mix of refined and raw sugar – but now that I am out of refined sugar I will only use raw)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c. sour milk – (I added 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice to a 1/2 c milk)
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. finely shredded zucchini

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease a 9×13 pan.

2. Cream margarine (butter), oil, and sugar. Add in and beat well, eggs, vanilla,  and milk.

3. Mix all the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients.

4. Stir in finely shredded zucchini – make sure you press all the water out of your zucchini before you add it.

5. Put the cake batter in the prepared 9×13 pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

6. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Enjoy! It’s absolutely delicious topped with strawberries. The strawberries in the picture are thawed berries from my parents’ garden. Not much beats them – except when they are fresh, of course!

Do you like zucchini? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. I found lots of good zucchini recipes on allrecipes.com a few years ago when we had lots of zucchini. My favorite zucchini bread is ‘Mom’s Zucchini Bread’ from allrecipes–I sell it at the farmers’ market. I remember that site had a wonderful brownie recipe and some good zucchini casseroles too. I try to pick the recipes with good ratings and have found so many good ones at that site. I’m trying your cake soon!