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Have neighbors been leaving bags of zucchinis at your doorstep? This double Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake will be the tastiest treat you’ll make with your summer squash supply!

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake - the addition of grated zucchini makes for a moist, delectable chocolate cake!

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

This week’s Sunday Supper theme is squash! You may recall that the hubby avoids zucchini like the plague. I was hopeful that a bit of smoke and mirrors could change all that.

But three cups of shredded zucchini was hard to disguise even with the addition of cocoa powder and chocolate chips. There were miniscule telltale spots of green interpersed amongst the rich chocolate base. Would he or wouldn’t he eat this Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake?

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake - the addition of grated zucchini makes for a moist, delectable chocolate cake!

The Verdict

When Bill arrived home from work, he spotted this chocolate cake on the kitchen counter. He was most pleased to learn it was designated for home.

I saw him examining his slice after dinner, then taking his fork to pull out any visible “green stuff” with his fork. Foiled again! But he did admit he liked the cake before I revealed the secret ingredient. But he suggested that I leave out the zucchini next time! Sheesh.

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake - the addition of grated zucchini makes for a moist, delectable chocolate cake!

But for all you “normal” zucchini loving folks out there, I promise this is one marvelous cake. It does not have the chocolate intensity of some of my other creations, but it is super moist and tender. Again, I took this to a group of my girlfriends to get their opinions. They unanimously praised it and I sent slices home with nearly everyone. I’d suggest making it in a classic Bundt pan, though, instead of one like mine. The chocolate chips tend to stick and so the simpler profile works best.


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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake #SundaySupper

A double chocolate cake full of zucchini!!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Cake, dessert


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a Bundt pan (I spray with Baker’s Joy or a similar product).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and milk to the butter mixture and mix till combined. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake until until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.


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A big thanks to my dear friends, Alice, of A Mama, Baby and  Shar Pei in the Kitchen, and Christy, of Confessions of a Culinary Diva, for hosting us today!!!

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49 comments on “Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake #SundaySupper”

  1. Gorgeous bundt, I love the shape of your mold!

  2. I’m with your husband, keep the zucchini out, even if you can’t see or taste it.

  3. I think in such bundt cake anyone would have zucchini! It looks irresistibly good!

  4. But he liked it! Even with the green stuff =) So glad you introduced this chocolate zucchini cake, Liz. It does indeed look fantabulously rich and moist…As I am a fan of the green stuff in zucchini breads, this recipe is a definite keeper =)

  5. Your hubby and my oldest son… It sounds like a great cake and looks very pretty with the pan you used:@)

  6. I’m in that “normal” group of zucchini fans. 😉 This looks delicious and Grumpy would eat this in a heartbeat. He loves chocolate zucchini anything…his only request is he wants white chocolate chips rather than semi-sweet!

  7. My daughter who looks today your blog with me! She said: “I want eat the whole cake, looks so good” 😉

  8. Hahaha that is too cute, I can just imagine how hard it is to fool Bill these days with any hidden greens. I would gladly polish off anything he doesn’t want 🙂 This cake is absolutely stunning Liz! Love the chocolate zucchini combo!

  9. I could really use a piece of that! Gorgeous and healthy with the Zucchini!

  10. Laughing that your husband was examining his cake for any visible green. Too funny! Your cake looks wonderful, Liz!

  11. Who would ever have thought there would be zucchini in here! What a beautiful looking cake!

  12. Obsessed with the shape of that pan – so so pretty.

    And sweet desserts with zucchini are seriously one of my favorites – it adds such nice moisture!

  13. Oh, but that pan’s so pretty!!! And the cake looks wonderful. That’s so funny that he spotted the zucchini. Maybe a drizzle of fudgy topping would have him so distracted he wouldn’t notice the flecks of green. Maybe. 🙂

  14. You know what, i think i’m more focun on your cake mold actually, lol
    made me hell lot og a jealous Liz,
    the zucchini bundt cake looks adorable!

  15. This is such a smart way to get kids to eat their veggies. Who could resist chocolate, right? Thanks for sharing this, Liz!!!

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  16. Holy Crappers Liz! This is amazing and so beautiful. I love it! I want to make this recipe and i happen to have bundt pans! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  17. Men! My hubby is the same way about peas…can’t stand them!! Your bundt looks gorgeous, and the addition of zucchini means extra fiber and nutrition.

  18. Your mold and your cake are gorgeous, Liz! #pinned

  19. I have to admire your persistence, Liz! I’d call this one a victory since Bill actually ate some of that lovely chocolatey cake.

  20. Next time blindfold him and ask if he could taste the secret ingredient 😀 Isn’t it funny how people are like that? I’d be happy to eat his share of the cake. I love zucchini.

  21. How funny, my hubby gives me a quizzical look whenever I make sweet treats because I always ‘healthify’ them with “normal” ingredients like zucchini 😉 Send his shunned slices my way! oxox

  22. I had just decided to make a chocolate zucchini bundt for our bundt club and then I saw yours on the line up for #SundaySupper. Great minds, LOL. This is truly gorgeous!!

  23. I often get my dad to eat things by baking with them. He won’t touch most fruits, but if I put them in a pie or cake, he’s game. The other day he even ate fresh figs on top of baked oatmeal. I was shocked and pleased he didn’t pick them off.

  24. I can see how it would stick and be a bit annoying BUT I LOVE the shape!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, this is a great classic! Have a great Sunday, Liz!

  25. This is the most perfect bundt cake I have ever seen in my life. Wow.

  26. The most beautiful use of zucchini, by far. And I would eat it and not fret about the “green” stuff. But I guarantee you my hubby would say the same as yours.

  27. Lizzy,
    Your cake turned out beautifully. I posted one that was a loaf cake earlier this summer and it turned out being dark chocolate. I bet if you try that one your hubby won’t be able to pick out any of the zucchini.

  28. I so want to try making this cake
    Using zucchini in cakes is not familiar here
    Yours look simply gorgeous !!

  29. Your bundt cake pan is beautiful, this cake is just one more reason I need to get me some zucchini!!

  30. Ha! What a detective. I can’t believe he objected to zucchini in chocolate cake, though!
    I love baking with zucchini – it makes my baked goods so moist. I think I’d love this cake.

  31. HI Liz, oh I bet this is delicious and moist. I made a cake like this once and my husband loved it, it’s lentils he won’t get near and a few other things. beautiful shape/mold.

  32. Your swirly cake came out perfectly! I would just eat the cake – I wouldn’t go searching for green bits. Sometimes Bill has too much time on his hands. or his fork. 🙂

  33. Beautiful cake, Liz… I love zucchini cake, both chocolate and non chocolate. I tend to drizzle melted chocolate all over mine, the recipe is on my blog…

  34. baahahahaa Michael would say the same thing! Whenever I try to healthify he always says he likes it but it would be better if –insert thing I changed to healthify that he now wants to revert back to unhealthy version–

  35. I didn’t see any green specks. Tell him to take his glasses off! Looks phenomenal to me, Liz!

  36. Zucchini couldn’t get any tastier! With all that chocolate I wouldn’t notice any green bits, that’s for sure. More cake for you 😉

  37. What a pretty cake, Liz. What a gorgeous cake tin. Now…was there any stress when this had to come out of the cake tin? It’s absolutely perfect. I’m glad Bill enjoyed his unexpected portion of vegetable xx

  38. I love that fancy bundt pan! The cake looks splendid, Liz.

  39. Oh my goodness! I could really go for a huge slice of that cake right now! It looks stunning!

  40. What’s funny is that my husband will eat zucchini except when I use it in bread or cake. So I’d have to bake this one for friends and a regular chocolate cake for him.

  41. Liz, I’ve been printing out every zucchini based cake recipe this summer and yours is absolutely glorious! Plus, I just received a Nordwic Ware bundt pan in this shape as a gift over the weekend and I can’t wait to use it. I think your recipe should be my pan’s maiden voyage. Maybe instead of using chocolate chips, I’ll grate chocolate so that I don’t have to worry about them sticking. Now I’m all excited! 😉

  42. Liz your Bundt cake is beautiful. I love chocolate and zucchini together. I have a mini bundt cake pan that I should break out of the drawer some time. Great recipe!

  43. I am in love with this bundt cake mould seriously awesome :)lovely place.. dear~ You have so many wonderful chocolate collection, do try to visit mineChocolate Recipes when time permits
    Love ~ monu Teena

  44. Great Fall flavors, chocolate and zucchini.

  45. What a beautifully elaborate mold. GREG

  46. Baking in the heritage pan really ups the wow factor with this recipe. Looking forward to making this.

  47. What a decadent combo! Love it

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