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Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe With Applesauce

31 July

How to make a moist chocolate zucchini cake recipe.  The shredded zucchini melts into the cake batter when you bake it, so you'll never even know that it's there.


We love zucchini.  Zucchini has almost no flavor, so it takes on the flavor of whatever you put it in.  I use it for both sweet and savory dishes.


We have fried zucchini several times during the summer.  I also add it to stir fry and sneak it in sauces and even meat loaf to up our veggie intake.


For sweet foods, I add it to quick breads and make this chocolate zucchini cake recipe easy.  This recipe for chocolate zucchini cake is one of my kids' favorite cakes.  



It's amazing with a white buttercream frosting, or you can also use chocolate frosting or just powdered sugar.


This is a light, fluffy, and moist recipe for chocolate zucchini cake.  The zucchini has a lot of water, and it gets absorbed into the batter when you bake it. 


If you don't tell anyone that you used zucchini, they will never know!


Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe


I have two picky eaters.  I've gotten really good at hiding vegetables in other foods.


Although this chocolate zucchini cake recipe is a sometimes food, I still feel a little better knowing that they are at least getting some green vegetables in their bodies.  


I did lighten up this recipe by using half whole wheat flour and applesauce instead of the oil.  


For more zucchini recipes, try these posts:



Does Zucchini Have to be Peeled to Make Chocolate Zucchini Cake?

 

You do not need to peel zucchini before you shred it to make chocolate zucchini cake with applesauce.  The peel of the zucchini has a lot of nutrients, and you want to eat those.  


However, large zucchini can have a tough or bitter peel.  If you find a stray zucchini that got too large, you can peel it and scoop out the seeds before you shred the zucchini.


 



Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe With Applesauce

We have an orchard with several kinds of apples, so I make applesauce and can it.  It's unsweetened and organic, and we eat a lot of it.


I use it in place of oil in almost all of my baking recipes.  I use applesauce instead of oil for this chocolate zucchini cake with applesauce.


You can't taste the apple flavor, but it makes the cake light and fluffy.  It also helps make this a very moist recipe for chocolate zucchini cake.



Can I Make Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes?

When I originally made this recipe for chocolate zucchini cake and took the photos, I doubled it.  I made one cake and made cupcakes to freeze for later.  


If you do make cupcakes from chocolate zucchini cake with applesauce, fill cupcake liners about 1/2 to 3/4 full because it will rise.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done.


How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake


The recipe calls for regular all purpose flour.  I always use half and half whole wheat and all purpose.  I've found that using equal amounts doesn't change the taste or texture.


If you use all whole wheat flour, it could make this a dense cake.  


If you want to make it gluten free, then I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour.  It's made to work just like regular flour.  You use it in the same amount in baking recipes that are made without yeast.



How to Freeze Zucchini for Recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Zucchini doesn't typically freeze very well, but I still freeze it.  I grate it and freeze it in two cup per bag to make bread or three cups per bag for this chocolate zucchini cake recipe easy.


When I want to use it, I put the bag in a bowl and put it in the fridge overnight.  The water will come out of the zucchini, but you need to add that to the cake or it will be too dry.



Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe Easy Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cup applesauce or oil (You can use half and half. I use all applesauce.) 
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini 
  • 3/4 cups nuts (optional)

Directions 


Step #1


Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.



Step #2


Add eggs and applesauce or oil and mix well. Batter will be thick.


Step #3


Add grated zucchini and nuts. I omitted the nuts.


Step #4


Pour in to a cake pan or fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. 
 
Bake cake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees or cupcakes for 18-20 minutes at 350, or until knife inserted in to the center comes out clean. 


This fudge-y recipe is great with or without icing. I made a vanilla buttercream, but other times we eat it without icing. 

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This chocolate zucchini cake recipe was originally published at Everything Pretty.

chocolate, zucchini, cake
dessert
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Yield: 24
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Prep time: 15 MCook time: 50 hourTotal time: 50 H & 15 M
How to make a chocolate zucchini cake with shredded zucchini.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup applesauce or oil (You can use half and half. I use all applesauce.)
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cups nuts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add eggs and applesauce or oil and mix well. Batter will be thick.
  3. Add grated zucchini and nuts. I omitted the nuts.
  4. Pour in to a cake pan or fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  5. Bake cake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees or cupcakes for 18-20 minutes at 350, or until knife inserted in to the center comes out clean.

Calories

169.65

Fat (grams)

4.11

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.70

Carbs (grams)

30.50

Fiber (grams)

1.52

Net carbs

28.98

Sugar (grams)

19.57

Protein (grams)

3.79

Sodium (milligrams)

193.99

Cholesterol (grams)

31.00
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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