Great-Grandma's Chocolate Zucchini Cake

"I always remember my great-gramdma making this cake, so when I was given a 3-foot long zucchini by my boyfriend's parents, I called my mom for the recipe. It put a small dent in that monster gourd! This was my first attempt at a cake from scratch and it didn't collapse, so it can't be that tough if I did it."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cream together butter, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  • Stir lemon juice into milk to make sour milk.
  • Stir sour milk into creamed mixture.
  • Sift baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, flour and cocoa THREE times.
  • Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet mixture until completely combined, then stir in zucchini.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9x13 cake pan and sprinkle top with chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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  1. midgebot
    This cake is absolutely delicious! It?s moist, rich in flavours, with a perfect balance between the spices, the courgette and the sweet chocolate, and it?s one of your 5 a day! Thank you :)
  2. Boomette
    Easy to do and yummy! I used only 3/4 cup sugar. Sweet enough for my taste. And I did exactly the same for the recipe. And after 40 minutes it was ready. And the smell was amazing :) Thanks Tasha Leah.
  3. Kittencalrecipezazz
    This was good but I added in more cocoa powder, I used frozen well drained zucchini and increased the cinnamon, we enjoyed this, thanks for sharing Tasha!...Kitten:)
  4. Debber
    Recipe is well-laid out (organized step-by-step!!!), and absolutely moist and delicious. I've been making this SAME recipe for years with ONE exception: at the end, I add a 1/2-cup of brown sugar to the topping, which gives the top a neat crunchy sweetness. Thanks for posting this one, it's DEFINITELY a keeper!!!


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