Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is not just zucchini bread with some cocoa added to make you think this is a chocolate cake. It's a wonderful moist, heavy-on-the-chocolate delicious cake. Truly, no one will ever know that there is zucchini in this recipe. And even my teenage daughter pronounced this recipe "a cinch to make."
- 1 1⁄4 cups butter, softened
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup cocoa powder (Dutch-processed preferably)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces plain yogurt or 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups zucchini, grated and then cut into even smaller pieces (I use my food processor on a few pulses so that the pieces are quite small)
- Peel zucchini and cut off ends. (I use the very large zucchini from my garden because the whole zucchini - seeds and all can be used.).
- Using a food processor, grate and then process zucchini until pieces are quite fine. (Do NOT make a puree.).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare cake pan(s) by using shortening or butter and then using enough cocoa powder to lightly coat 9x13 pan or two 9-inch round pans. If using round pans, cut a round of parchment for the bottom of the pans to be sure of easy release.
- In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Sift 1/3 of dry ingredients into creamed mixture then add 1/3 of yogurt.
- Continue adding sifted dry ingredients and yogurt into mixture by thirds until it is all combined.
- Fold in zucchini.
- Pour into cake pan(s).
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans onto cooling rack.
- Frost with your favorite frosting.
As a dedicated chocoholic, I can say with some certainty that this recipe does make for a wonderfully satisfying chocolate treat! Absolutely delicious even as I served it unfrosted! My son, his wife, my other half & I, we all thank you for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this fall's round of Pick A Chef]