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Eat Your Vegetables!

Every summer I always look forward to one special treat my sister makes. She’s quite a sneaky chef at times, since she manages to squeeze 3 cups of zucchini into a tasty chocolate cake.

With the amount of sugar and chocolate actually in this cake, any health benefits from the vegetables are probably negated, but it’s still one of my favorite summer treats.

Since she first started making this cake a few years ago the recipe has changed slightly, and the version made earlier today was probably the best yet.

If you find yourself with an abundance of zucchini, which is something that happens every summer when my parents grow way too much in their garden, this recipe is a pretty good way to use some and I guarantee you won’t even know the vegetables are there if you follow the recipe.

Below is a copy of tonight’s recipe in case you want to try making it for yourself:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 cups flour 2 cups sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we used the special dark cocoa today)

2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon 4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil 3 cups grated zucchini

1/2 cup butter (melted) 1 cup chocolate chips

1 tbsp. vanilla

Mix everything together, then bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

And since what cake is complete without a little icing, here’s the homemade chocolate buttercream recipe too:

1 stick butter 1 cup powdered sugar (up to 2 cups)

2 tsp. milk 1/4 cup cocoa (again the special dark)

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix until smooth and creamy, and then top the cake with extra chocolate chips once iced if you dare.

Go ahead, try it out and let me know what you think!

Responses (4)

  1. melanie says:

    It’s actually 2 tsp. Baking Soda. 🙂 Just checked my recipe today. Glad you enjoyed my cake! Hopefully the crew at work will like the rest of it.

    • Katy says:

      Thanks for checking the recipe. I just updated it. And we’ll see how the co-workers like it… I said it was zucchini and they said “ewww.”

  2. melanie says:

    they just don’t know what’s good.

  3. […] I was intrigued about this combination and how it would turn out. In the past, I’ve made chocolate zucchini cake (which is definitely not a healthy snack, even though it has vegetables mixed in), and it is always […]

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