chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate buttercream

Chocolate Zucchini Cake (video)

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The best ever chocolate zucchini cake recipe! If you’ve never had zucchini cake before, you’re in for a very tasty surprise! This rich, chocolate cake is made with dark cocoa powder, melted chocolate and grated zucchini! The cake layers are not too sweet and well balanced. I frost the cake with my fluffy and creamy ‘Chocolate Buttercream’. If you have more zucchinis than you know what to do with, make this decadent cake! You’ll fall in love from the very first bite!

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Zucchini in Cake?!

If you’ve never heard of or tried zucchini cake, it’s time to change that! This chocolate zucchini is made with 2 cups of grated zucchini. I used green zucchini in my video recipe but you can also use yellow or even Mexican zucchini for this recipe. Just grate the zucchini using a medium grater and then add the zucchini to the finished cake batter. No need to peel it either! You won’t actually taste the zucchini in the cake but it transforms the cake completely! The zucchini hads incredible moisture to the cake and gives the cake an amazing texture like nothing else can.

chocolate cake recipe with zucchini and chocolate frosting

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe!

This zucchini cake is one of the best chocolate cake recipes I’ve ever tried! The chocolate cake layers are so rich, decadent, moist and not overwhelmingly sweet! They’re made with a simple batter of oil, eggs, milk, sugar and dry ingredients. I make these cake layers with two chocolates: Hershey’s Dark Cocoa Powder and melted, semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also add in a tablespoon of instant coffee, which intensifies the chocolate flavor. Using two types of chocolate creates a very rich chocolate that’s intense and satisfying in flavor!

Chocolate Buttercream

The perfect complement to this chocolate zucchini cake is my fluffy and creamy Chocolate Buttercream recipe. This recipe has over 1 million views on YouTube!! You’ll love the fluffy texture and rich, chocolate flavor! The most important step to making this buttercream is whisking the butter well before adding the remaining ingredients. The butter needs to be almost white in color and very fluffy, then you can add the sugar, cocoa and extract.

Want to try this recipe with a different frosting? Awesome! Try this cake with a chocolate version of my ‘French Buttercream’ by adding 1/2 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate chips at the end, along with 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Or, try it with a chocolate version of my ‘Whipped Cream Frosting’. Just replace the sweetened condensed milk in the recipe with 1 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate.

zucchini cake with chocolate and chocolate frosting

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