This Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Chips recipe is moist, rich, and slightly fudgy with little semi-sweet chocolate chips baked in for an added treat! Top if off with this devilishly good, silky chocolate frosting and your guests will be asking for seconds!
Table of Contents
- This Chocolate Zucchini Cake is
- What's In This Chocolate Zucchini Cake?
- Can You Taste the Zucchini in this Chocolate Cake?
- How Do You Make Sour Milk?
- How Much Chocolate Frosting Does This Make?
- What Did You Use to Create the Gold Swirl?
- Additional Baking Tips
- You May Also Like These Other Chocolate Desserts!
This Chocolate Zucchini Cake is
- super chocolatey
- ridiculously moist and fudgy
- perfectly paired with this decadent chocolate frosting
- made of 3, 6 inch layer cakes
- tall measuring at almost 8 inches high (with a thick layer of frosting)
- a chocolate lovers dream come true
Seriously folks, this is one of the best chocolate cakes. Is it healthy? Hell no. But holy smokes is it ever good.
What's In This Chocolate Zucchini Cake?
- All-Purpose Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Soda
- Unsalted Butter
- Vegetable Shortening
- Vegetable Oil
- Granulated Sugar
- 1 Egg
- Vanilla Extract
- Sour Milk
- Shredded Zucchini
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Can You Taste the Zucchini in this Chocolate Cake?
Nope. Not at all!
The reason zucchini is used in, not just this recipe, but also my One Bowl Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe, is to give it that extra level of moistness!
And while you may be tempted to drain the liquid from the shredded zucchini—do not do it! It's important to leave that with the zucchini!
How Do You Make Sour Milk?
To make sour milk, you add 1 ½ teaspoons of lemon juice to ½ cup of milk. Mix it up and let it sit for a minute before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
How Much Chocolate Frosting Does This Make?
This chocolate frosting recipe makes a good amount to cover a 3 layer, 6 inch cake and then some.
If you or the person you're making this for loves chocolate frosting, you will have plenty of frosting for thick layers in between the cakes plus enough to cover the outside.
If you are not a big frosting fan, you could probably get away with halving the recipe for a nice thin layered cake plus some for the outside.
Or you can always make the full amount and save the leftovers for cupcakes or another dessert!
What Did You Use to Create the Gold Swirl?
To create the swirl, I used an offset spatula, a clean craft brush, vodka, and edible gold powder.
You dip the brush in the vodka then into the gold powder, then apply. Repeat until you've made it around the entire swirl.
Additional Baking Tips
Here are a few extra tips when making your chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips!
- I added my Wilton Cake Strips to each pan to help keep the tops level. If you don't have them, I recommend getting a couple!
- I used 3, 6 inch x 2 inch cake pans to bake this cake. You can also use 3, 6 inch x 3 inch cake pans.
- To retain some of the moisture from the cake, you can cool them upside down on a cooling rack still in their cake pans.
- If you are not going to be frosting the cake after cooling it, you can store them in the cake pans tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can also double wrap them tightly and keep them in the refrigerator. You can also store them in the freezer for up to a month double wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and kept in a freezer storage bag.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate ChipsAuthor:
chocolate zucchini cake
- 2 ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup Vegetable Shortening
- ½ cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Large Egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Sour Milk, see Notes below if you don't have any sour milk
- 2 cup Shredded Zucchini, do NOT drain the liquid from the shredded zucchini
- 6 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 ¼ lbs Unsalted Butter, room temperature (5 sticks)
- 2 cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
- 1 ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 lb Dark Chocolate, melted and cooled
chocolate zucchini cake
- Set your oven rack to the 2nd level position and preheat your oven to 325ºF.
- Spray your 3, 6 inch cake pans with a flour-based baking spray. Place a circle of parchment paper in the bottom of each pan, then lightly respray. Alternatively, you can grease the pans with butter and coat in flour, but it's important to still add in the parchment paper circles (it helps to release the cake from the pan).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and baking soda. Set to the side.
- Using your hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the unsalted butter, vegetable shortening, vegetable oil, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until well blended.
- Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and sour milk.
- Switching your mixer speed to low, gradually add in the whisked dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add in the shredded zucchini.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Evenly distribute the cake batter into each 6 inch prepared cake pan, then place in the oven to bake for 45-50 minutes at 325ºF or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean from the center of each cake.
- Cool cakes in the pans for 10 minutes, then carefully invert to cool completely on wire cooling racks.
- Using your hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment mix the unsalted butter, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt on medium speed until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Alternatively, you can use a food processor - America's Test Kitchen recommendation to make this frosting.
- Add in the light corn syrup, vanilla extract, and the melted and cooled chocolate, and mix until the frosting is well blended and smooth in texture.
- Frost your cake once it's completely cooled.