Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake
Do you have neighbors been leaving bags of zucchinis at your doorstep? This rich double Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake with chocolate chips will be the tastiest treat you’ll make with your summer squash supply!
Adding zucchini to baked goods works all sorts of magic! Just like with zucchini bread, the addition of grated zucchini adds moisture, not to mention a smidgen of nutrition! This Chocolate Zucchini Cake was a hit across the board!
From Donna via Pinterest: I have made chocolate zucchini cake before and I have my own recipe, but I have to tell you that your recipe is absolutely awesome! I am making it again as everyone loved ❤ it and I had enough zucchini left over to not only make 2 loaves of zucchini bread and the cake. The zucchini that I got from a farmer’s stand was huge! Thank you for an awesome recipe!
From Teresa: Best zucchini cake recipe I’ve made! Actually, best cake recipe I’ve made! Fantastic!
Why You Must Make
- It’s rich and tasty plus it’s super moist due to the addition of zucchini!
- Besides a few green specks, you’d never guess there’s zucchini in the recipe.
- It’s the perfect way to use up your garden zucchini! Bake it on repeat!
Originally, I made this cake for a blogger group that was cooking with 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 minuscule telltale spots of green interspersed amongst the rich chocolate base.
Would he or wouldn’t he eat this Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake? Read on to find out.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
The first time I baked this chocolate zucchini cake, Bill spotted it on the kitchen counter after arriving home from work. 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.” Foiled again! But he did admit he liked the cake before I revealed the secret ingredient. He suggested that I leave out the zucchini next time! Sheesh.
Fast forward 6 years, and I gave it another shot. I must have grated the zucchini even finer, as he never said a word, just cleaned his plate! I shared some slices with a few girlfriends. The first asked if you could taste the zucchini, and after I assured her you couldn’t, she dived right in. After her first bite, she wasn’t shy to say how much she loved it, and how it was so very moist and tasty!
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 this chocolate zucchini Bundt cake with chocolate chips. I sent slices home with nearly everyone.
- Unlike my zucchini bread recipe, the grated zucchini does not need to be squeezed dry. The extra moisture is factored into the baking chemistry.
- PRO-Tip: If your kids (or spouse) do not think zucchini cake sounds appealing, finely grate the zucchini so that it’s not as evident when you slice the cake.
- PRO-Tip: This recipe uses both baking soda and baking powder. Baking powder is likely to expire while sitting in your panty, so make sure to check the expiration date before making this recipe. If it’s nearly expired, you may want to purchase a fresh tin to make sure it’s potent.
- I’d suggest making it in a classic Bundt pan (affiliate link). The chocolate chips tend can stick and so the simpler profile works best.
- Make sure to prep your pan well with a spray like Baker’s Joy (affiliate link) or grease with butter or shortening and dust with flour.
- Let it cool on a wire rack for about 10-15 minutes before attempting to remove it from the pan. Any earlier and it will be too delicate and may break apart as you flip it onto the cooling rack.
- I usually place the cooling rack, top side down, on top of the cake, then flip both of them over at once.
- Giving the pan a gentle jiggle back and forth first helps loosen the cake from the pan. Make sure to use hot pads when jiggling and flipping.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Bundt cake is named after the pan in which it’s baked. Like an angel food cake pan, it’s a tube pan that will bake up with a hole in the center. Bundt pans range from a basic design to very intricate.
The non-stick coating can wear off over time, so I tend to use a classic Bundt pan unless I have a very new model. And even a non-stick Bundt pan should be prepped properly for a proper release.
To keep its shape, a Bundt cake batter is thicker than a typical cake batter so that it bakes up dense and sturdy. A layer cake may take only 25-30 minutes to bake, but a Bundt cake may take over an hour.
Since all ovens bake differently, it’s imperative to use a toothpick to check if the cake is done. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean. Check a number of spots to be sure.
One word: Moisture! Zucchini is mainly water, so it will not contribute any flavor to the cake, but instead, that water is released as the cake bakes. Note that there may be little green specks visible from the zucchini peel, but no change in taste from the contribution.
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Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake
A double chocolate cake full of zucchini!!
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- 3 cups grated zucchini
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a Bundt pan (I spray with Baker's Joy or a similar product).½¾
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with a 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.
- Pour into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the 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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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 7g
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64 Comments on “Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake”
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.
Oh my goodness! I could really go for a huge slice of that cake right now! It looks stunning!
I love that fancy bundt pan! The cake looks splendid, Liz.
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
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 😉
I didn’t see any green specks. Tell him to take his glasses off! Looks phenomenal to me, Liz!
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–
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…
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. 🙂
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.
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.
Your bundt cake pan is beautiful, this cake is just one more reason I need to get me some zucchini!!
I so want to try making this cake
Using zucchini in cakes is not familiar here
Yours look simply gorgeous !!
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.
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.
This is the most perfect bundt cake I have ever seen in my life. Wow.
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!
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.
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!!
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