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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This recipe has a lot of zucchini in it, almost three full cups, and it makes a soft, moist cake that even meatarians could enjoy.  I really REALLY wanted to make a luscious frosting for this cake but I already felt a bit guilty about the sugar I used and didn’t want to add more because it was supposed  to be a healthy alternative to the two ice cream cones I like to eat after dinner every night :/.

But, it could definitely withstand a decadent frosting and be amazing. So pick one of your favorite recipes and top it off!  Or you could go the powdered sugar route like me :).

Adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk or milk sub (I used soy.)
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate, coated in flour

Directions:

  • Sift your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream your butter and sugar. Add in your eggs, vanilla and syrup and mix. Fold in your zucchini until well incorporated.  Fold in your dark chocolate.
  • Add your flour mixture to the zucchini mixture one cup at a time  with a little milk until well mixed.  If its too dry add a bit more milk or water.
  • Butter and flour your pan. I used one large cake pan or you can use two smaller pans to make a layered cake.  You could also make a sheet cake (9×13).
  • Bake at 325 Degrees for 40-45 minutes. Because I used a large cake pan, it took about 1 hour and 10 minutes. But a smaller pan will take less time.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

All that glorious zucchini.

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