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chocolate zucchini cake

Add vegetables and whole grains to your cake for a guilt free dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 176kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar (add ½ cup more for sweeter cake)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, tablespoon)
  • 2 large eggs , room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream or buttermilk
  • ¾ cup dutch processed cocoa or natural cocoa
  • zucchini , shredded (4 cups)
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour (6 ounces)*
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour (3.25 ounces)*
  • ½ cup chocolate chips , semi-sweet

For icing:

  • 1 to 2 cups chocolate chips , semi sweet

For topping:

  • Chopped nuts , whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or ice cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Grease and flour a 9 by 13 baking pan and set aside
  • Combine the oat and whole wheat flours and set aside
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, sugar, and oil and mix until well combined.
  • Add the eggs and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes
  • Add the sour cream and flours (oatmeal and whole wheat) alternately beating only until incorporated.
  • Fold in the zucchini followed by the ½ cup of chocolate chips
  • Spoon mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes just until set.
  • Slide the cake out of the oven and then top with 1 to 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • Slide cake back into oven and then bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until cake tester comes out clean
  • Note: chocolate chips will soften but not completely melt. You must gently spread the chips out with a spatula after the cake is finished.
  • Cool and top with nuts, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or ice cream (optional)

Notes

* or use 2.5 cups all purpose flour

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg