May 19, 2010

You shouldn't be very happy with me right now. You won't believe how long ago I made this, and how long i've been holding out on you. I stuck it in the freezer, so as to not eat it all in one sitting. It's my latest dessert love.

I'd like to introduce you to chocolate zucchini loaf cake. (I originally called it bread, but that doesn't fit at all. Besides, how cool and rustic is loaf cake? With its thick, square slices.. mm.)
I broke it out to serve to our company last weekend, knowing they would appreciate its chocolatey grandeur and the perfect texture somewhere between brownie and cake. You might appreciate it too, especially if you love a good bite of chocolate like I do.

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake

2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/3. c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c. shredded raw zucchini
1/4 c. coconut oil or vegetable oil
1/4 c. applesauce
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. raw sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. Sift together first 7 ingredients. Set aside.
2. Using a hand mixer, beat the oil, applesauce, sugars, eggs, and vanilla for about 2 min.
3. Fold in zucchini, add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
5. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 15 min. Then transfer from pan to wire rack and let cool completely. Store in fridge when cool.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Or chilled, with fresh berries.


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That does look so delicious. I love that it is 'cake' - it certainly looks like it!

nataliep. said...

oh my goodness! that looks so incredibly good. i need to make that.

Renee said...

i have had my zucchini out, ready to chop, for 2 days! NOW i will make it!! Seeing that picture brngs the taste of that chocolatey goodness right back to my taste buds!! I HAVE to have some this afternoon!!
you know what i'll be doing....

Kaitlyn Luce said...

Connie said...


You have such a lovely blog! It's also encouraging to see your joy in being grant's helper :).

Lillie said...

This looks so yummy to me right now…

Love your blog.

Unknown said...

just put a big star on this recipe for when all of my zucchini are ripe in my garden!

Kelly said...

yum! looks delicious! I may have to try to whip up a gluten free version!

Hannah said...

Wow, this looks good.
It looks & sounds very much like what I have just baked which was also the perfect mixture of sponge & brownie - not quite either, but definitely somewhere in between!
Although mine didn't have any form of vegetable in, so not as healthy as yours! (I've set myself a challenge to bake 2010 cakes this year and am blogging what I've made over at

becca said...

Whoa now. I'm definitely bookmarking your recipe!
My garden has been giving up tons of zucchini and if I can transform those big ugly vegetables into a rustic chocolate cake, well what are we waiting for?
Thanks girl!

Annabelle said...

I tried this cake this weekend and LOVED it. It is my new favorite chocolate cake ever. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Miranda said...

Made it. Loved it. Mercy.

marta said...

i have a giant zucchini with the name 'loaf cake' on it. i can't wait to try this recipe this weekend. thank you.



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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