Best Ever Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

I've been making this recipe for ions now. It was a collaboration between myself and a friend about 25 years ago. I haven't found one I like better. I hope you will agree. These loaves also freeze very well. Note: You could try using applesauce for some or all of the oil in order to reduce the fat content. However....I haven't tried it myself.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325*.
  2. In a large bowl mix together eggs, both sugars, oil and both extracts.
  3. Stir in grated zucchini. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  5. Add to the zucchini mixture, mixing well.
  6. Fold in nuts and raisins.
  7. Pour into greased loaf pans.
  8. Bake for approximately 75 minutes or until tested done with a toothpick.
Most Helpful

Hi Diana,
Unfortunately this didn't turn out for us. We cooked it for 75 mins but this was too long. We have a NEF oven which is true to the correct temp. (AU 165 C) If you have a good oven it will only take 65 mins. Our cake was crusty on the outside. Nice but too dry.

Tedspal December 04, 2011

O my goodness this chocolate cake is to die for. Ok, so I messed up a little because I used coarse salt instead of fine, but it still has a great flavour. I replaced the raisins with chocolate chips and took away 1/4 cup of white sugar in favour of a bit more cocoa powder because I looooove chocolate. For my nuts I used a combination of hazelnuts, almonds, and coconut. Will definitely try again!

joanne.smolka September 29, 2011

Made this last night because a neighbor keeps giving my zucchini's and they are all like 3 lbs each so I have been making everything I can but I never make a cake so I thought I'd give it a try.
The only changes I made were with the cocoa which I used Dark cocoa and I didn't have maple extract so I used Almond as well as Almond nuts. I did sprinkle some powder sugar on top. It was very good, and my husband liked it so much I had to stop him for eating the entire thing. Thanks for sharing!

Rose G. September 17, 2010