Spiced Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Zucchini keeps this cake moist and indulgent tasting without adding any guilt.
By Faith Gorsky
Spiced Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Spiced Chocolate Zucchini Cake
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Zucchini keeps this cake moist and indulgent tasting without adding any guilt.
Recipe Type: Baking
Serves: 16
  • 3 medium (600-700 g) zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • Butter, to grease the pan
  • 1⅓ cups (170 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cups (170 g) whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup (80 g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cinnamon-orange black tea bags, opened (I used my favorite, Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice)
  • 1¾ cups (350 g) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  1. Add the peeled and chopped zucchini to a food processor and process until it forms a chunky paste (see the photo at the bottom of this post). Use the zucchini paste to make this cake immediately, or cover the zucchini paste and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days until you’re ready to make the cake.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F; grease a standard bundt cake pan with butter.
  3. Whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and tea (from the opened tea bags) together in a large bowl; set aside.
  4. Beat together the sugar, eggs, and oil until fluffy, then beat in the zucchini (with any juices that have seeped out), molasses, and vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet all at once and whisk until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  7. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool completely in the pan, then run a knife along the outside of the cake and invert it onto a platter to remove it.
  8. Before serving, sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar if desired.
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