Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

Awesome cake of Mexican Origin. Very moist because it's chock full of zucchini, and it has the most delicious glaze on top. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the cake:.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Grease and flour Bundt pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  6. Add eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk to the butter mixture.
  7. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in zucchini, orange zest and nuts.
  8. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt cake pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool.
  11. To make the glaze:.
  12. In a small bowl mix together sugar, orange juice and vanilla. Invert cake onto serving dish, then drizzle glaze over.
Most Helpful

With a light, moist texture, orange glaze and kaboom you have a winning recipe! I used a dark cocoa in the batter and did not change anything else. I know a lot of the reviewers felt it needed amped up with orange but I liked the subtle flavor found in the glaze and cake. Just blended so well with our taste buds. Found and made for ZWT8.

HokiesMom August 11, 2012

This cake made my kitchen (and my car, lol) smell soooo good! I was a little on the fence about the whole chocolate and zucchini thing, but this cake totally eliminated that doubt! I made this in a regular Bundt pan, and it took the full hour to bake. My poor naked zested orange looked so sad sitting on the countertop, so I juiced it and used the fresh squeezed juice in the glaze. I didn't have any walnuts in the house, so I replaced them with chopped pecans. After letting the cake cool in the pan for ~15 minutes, I flipped it onto a cake platter, poked holes all over it with a skewer, and poured the glaze over the still-warm cake so it would soak in instead of drip off. I brought this to work with me to share (hence the heavenly smell in my car), and I think I converted a couple people to zucchini cake lovers with this. Who would've thought that cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and orange would all play so nicely with zucchini?! Thanks for posting this gem! Made for The Honeys for ZWT8

Muffin Goddess August 08, 2012

Anything that can make zucchini taste this good gets 5 stars. This recipe produces a very moist and delicious cake. I followed the suggestion of another reviewer and added some orange extract to ramp up the orange flavour a bit. My own suggestion to those looking for a richer chocolate flavour; try using a premium quality cocoa powder for more of a chocolate "Wow". You could also substitute the orange juice in the glaze with an orange liqueur for a more adult taste. I would not hesitate to serve this cake to company. Thanks for the recipe, Leslie.

Chef Regina V. Smith July 19, 2012