Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    1 hour 15 minutes

    A delicious chocolaty cake - with zucchini. You wouldn't even know it was in there! This cake always goes down a treat at home or at work. Nice when still a tiny bit warm from the oven, or chilled from the fridge. Quite a bit of prep, but worth it! Go on, try it, I know you want to!

    Victoria, Australia
    20 people made this

    Makes: 1 cake

    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1 cup soft brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup caster sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice/allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 cups zucchini, grated
    • 1/2 cup yoghurt, natural/plain
    • 1 cup dark chocolate chips/pieces

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
    2. Line a 25cm square cake tin or roasting pan with baking paper (no need to grease).
    3. Beat the butter and sugars with a food processor or by hand until light and creamy.
    4. Add the eggs one at a time, adding a little flour with each egg to prevent curdling. Mix well after each addition. Reserve 1/2 cup flour for later.
    5. Add the cinnamon, mixed spice, salt, cocoa and vanilla extract. Mix well.
    6. Add the grated zucchini, yoghurt and chocolate chips. Mix well.
    7. The final mixture should be just wet enough to pour into the tin. If it is too wet, mix in some of the reserved 1/2 cup of flour. (A cake with less flour is softer.)
    8. Pour into the lined cake tin or roasting pan and bake for 30-45 minutes until firm and a skewer comes out clean.
    9. Cut when cold. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. (If it doesn't get eaten first.)


    Cooking times may vary slightly from oven to oven. Test it with a skewer after 35 minutes, if it needs a few more minutes then put it back in for 5-10 minutes or so.

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    I made it my whole family saw me putting zucchini in turned their noses up but when it was out iced and eaten all had a change of mind now they want zucchini in everything thank you  -  30 Sep 2013


    I had to cook this cake for an hour and a half, and I'm still not sure it's done! It is very moist. It smells veery tasty, but I haven't let the family touch it yet. Mine was never too wet in the mixing, but I feel like I should have added all the flour anyway.  -  02 Oct 2013