Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Fudge Cake

Chocolate and Zucchini isn’t just a great blog, it’s a great pairing! I’ll get to this  Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Fudge Cake in a moment since I want to touch on some baseball stuff first.

Last night I witnessed history. I knew it was coming, as did everyone who pays even the slightest attention to the Yankees and/or MLB, but it was still exciting to see it happen live, on a cold, rainy night against the Baltimore Orioles, specifically, a young rookie pitcher named Chris Tillman.  Something tells me Tillman didn’t mind giving up that hit since he is now permanently embedded in Yankee AND baseball history forever, no matter where his career ends up.

Derek Jeter and Fudgy Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake       Photo courtesy NY Daily News

Derek Jeter broke a record that Lou Gehrig held for seven decades, surpassing Lou’s record of 2,721 hits and ending the night at 2,723 hits.  Granted, he did it with A LOT more at bats than Lou, but it’s still an amazing feat, and one that will immortalize him (although his Yankee legend immortality is already sealed in gold) in baseball history and the HOF until someone surpasses him. But we’ll all be 6 feet under, beneath cars that fly, and vacations on the moon, by the time that occurs!

Derek Jeter and Fudgy Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake       Photo courtesy NY Times

It’s so amazing how far he’s come during his years in the Pinstriped ‘show’.  A skinny, shy rookie shortstop back in 1995, who just so happened to get ‘lucky’ when Tony Fernandez, the starting Yankee SS that year, went on the DL, spurring the Yanks to call him up from the minors. He soon blossomed from a solid shortstop with great leadership skills and many intangibles (I think the word ‘intangibles’ and the name ‘Derek Jeter’ were interchangeable for quite a few years), to Captain and first ballot HOF’er!

Congrats, Captain Clutch – you have given me and millions of Yankee fans so many amazing moments to remember and cherish the past 14 years, and we’re looking forward to more..especially this coming post season.  The Yanks are Juggernauts this season, and I’m actually shocked when they lose a game.  I haven’t seen a Yankee team like this since ’04 (Uhh, up until Games 4,5, 6 & 7 of the ALCS – CRINGE.).

Now that I’ve concluded my Derek Jeter tribute, how could I end this post without something yummy? Here’s something fudgy with an ingredient you’d never know was in it.

Errr, why do I make statements like that when it’s in the title and there’s a big photo of it below? I suppose you could say I need to fill up space?

Chocolate Fudge Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake !

Fudgy Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake

Because I’ve been out of  the ‘loop’ for some time, I thought I would miss out on my usual August haul of zucchini that friends, neighbors, acquaintances etc..pawn off on as many people they can.  Last week, I found a bag with two zukes, a cuke, and a golden squash (photo above) in my fridge.  I looked around for intruders, or burglars who trade off  zucchini and vegetables for cash and jewelry, or maybe some neighborhood weirdo who breaks into people’s homes in a desperate attempt to rid him/herself of the bounty of zucchini that has taken over his/her garden.

Zucchini Claus?

Well, no scary intruders, no thieves, and no need to leave out a glass of milk and a plate of cookies, although the latter would pair quite well with this fudgy chocolate zucchini cake.

The culprit was finally revealed later on that evening. My sister and her husband have suddenly developed bright green thumbs, and turned out quite a vegetable garden this past summer.

That being said, I added that golden squash to this cake because I ran out of enough zucchini for 3 cups before making it, and was too lazy to go out and buy another one.  So, if your store is low on or out of zucchini, golden squash is a great substitute!  If you close your eyes and take a bite of each, you’d barely know the difference.

Fudgy Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake

I’m always looking for new ways to use the annual bounty of zucchini, but I always end up making the usual suspects; zucchini loaves/ bread, zucchini fritters, zucchini stuffed with everything under the sun, etc.  Yes, there are dozens and dozens of other ways to incorporate zucchini into many recipes, like my grandmother’s famous Cheese Tortellini Zucchini and Corn Soup and Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread, but I just never bothered.  The above are always quick and easy, and frankly, zucchini doesn’t really excite me (get your minds out of the gutter!).

During a late night of food blog surfing, I came across a hunk of fudgy goodness by Em at The Repressed Pastry Chef.  She found this recipe at King Arthur, but changed the frosting to a simple, but perfect, chocolate ganache.  Me likey, so me takey (with credit, of course)!

Let me tell you, this is one the moistest chocolate cakes I’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into, with or without zucchini, and as usual, my taste testers agreed.  I could see the counter top through my glass baking dish within a 24-hour period.  Holy fudginess, Batman! Who would ever think zucchini is the key to the moist, fudgy texture? It’s completely invisible in every sense; you cannot see it, taste it, or feel it on your tongue.  It’s almost like a pan of the BEST EVER Chocolate Zucchini Brownies! SO, the next time you’re stuck with a load of zucchini, get out the chocolate and bake this!  You won’t be disappointed, not even a little bit!

Fudgy Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake

Before I get to the recipe, THE GYM STORY.  When I started my outpatient Physical Therapy 2 months ago at the cool gym I’ve mentioned in prior entries, it’s the Physical Therapy assistants who are in charge of leading you to the gym and setting you up with the machines and  weights, etc, until you get used to your assigned routine.  One day, after finishing all of my exercises in the PT room, the PT assistant started to walk with me into the gym.  Up to this point, I had yet to walk without holding onto something, so she held out her hand for me to hold, rather than having to walk back to retrieve my quad cane.

As we walked and talked, our arms and hands unconsciously dropped and we were holding hands like a couple instead of my using her hand for support.  I was floored, as it was THE moment I discovered I could finally freakin’ walk since we were just holding hands, without support, while we chattered on incessantly.

The noisy gym goes eerily silent, the abundance of men slowing down on the treadmills and steppers, the bell like clanking of weights hitting the floor, interrupting my moment of mobile euphoria.  I looked up and noticed heads whipping around like meerkats sensing a meerkat meal in the planning, completely focused on us. I could almost hear the shwings.

Fudgy Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake

They thought we were a couple.

We just laughed and blew it off, while I excitedly basked in my ability to walk without any aid at all!

When I sat down on the seat of the leg press, there were big, goofy grins abound and a few attempts at small talk.  As I type this, I’m realizing it’s not sounding as funny as it actually was, so I guess I’ll have to chalk it up to one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments.

It brought to mind a Friends episode where Joey and Chandler let Monica and Rachel take their apartment back for a one-minute kiss. “Totally worth it!”.

What is it with guys seeing two women making any kind of physical contact and construing it as sexual? Believe you, me, I think I’ve heard just about every answer to that question, but it still amuses me.

UPDATE:  A pinner who made this, @CynthiaSawyer, substituted unsweetened apple sauce for the oil and said it was incredible and very moist, so if you want to cut more fat out, try it! Also, another reader subbed coconut milk for the sour cream for a zucchini coconut milk fudge cake! Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Fudge  Cake

Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Fudge Cake
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: One 13 x 9 cake
Adapted from King Arthur Flour.
According to some readers, this cake is amazing with Gluten Free flour too!
Cocoa, chocolate chips and a rich chocolate ganache finish, which seeps into the cracks, make this cake really special!
  • 2½ cups (10½ ounces) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (2¼ ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably dark cocoa powder *
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder, optional, but it enhances the flavor of the chocolate
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) butter
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) vegetable oil (or unsweetened apple sauce)
  • 1⅔ cups (12 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) sour cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 2½ to 3 cups shredded or grated zucchini (about one 10-inch zucchini or 3 small/medium zucchini - 12 ounces total)
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
Chocolate Ganache Topping
  • ¾ cup (6 oz) heavy cream
  • 1½ cups (9 oz ) chopped chocolate (semisweet or milk) or chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 pan with baking spray
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil,and sugar until fluffy and light in color.. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until each one is incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Stir the sour cream or yogurt into the batter, alternately with the flour mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture (1/3 flour mixture, half yogurt or sour cream, another third flour mixture, last half of yogurt or sour cream, last third of flour mixture). Fold in the zucchini and the 1½ cups of chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a rack.
  6. To prepare the ganache topping, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and pour over the chopped or chocolate chips (sometimes I cover the bowl with plastic wrap to keep the heat in so the chocolate melts into the cream faster). Wait 4 to 5 minutes then stir to combine. It may take a few minutes of stirring for the ganache to come together, but it will, and it will thicken as it cools. When warm (but not hot) pour over cake and smooth with an offset spatula. Allow frosting to set for about 30 minutes before serving… or not (I never wait!).
* I've used dutch process cocoa in this recipe and the cake rose fine, even though it's known to inhibit the baking soda reaction (alkaline issues), so if you cannot find dark cocoa, you can use that, or, as the recipe states, regular, unsweetened cocoa is fine, although the cake will be a lighter chocolate color.

Whoops, I almost forgot! As mentioned in my last entry, I received two more awards.  Well, I received another two this past week.  Another Lovely Blog award from Singing Horse at The Peacable Kingdom and a Lemonade award from Sophie at Foodiefiles.  Since I haven’t yet passed on the other Lovely Blog award from Anula at Anula’s Kitchen, and the Kreative Blogger Award from Laura at Tiramisu, I’ll take care of all of that now.   Thank you all – it’s incredibly sweet and flattering.


I’m going to stick with 13 for now, and pass on another 13 in my next entry.

1. Jackie at Pham Fatale
2. Kitty at Fahrenheit 350
3. Vibi at La Casserole Carree
4. Sara and Nick at I’m a Food Blog
5. Alana at Eating from the Ground Up
6. Maris at In Good Taste
7. Ingrid (my girl) at 3B’s….Baseball, Baking & Books
8. Katrina at Baking and Boys!
9. Pru at The Fashionable Foodie
10. asti at Ice Tea: Sugar High
11. Inbal at The Cookie Fairy
12. Lori at Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness                                                                          13. 13.  Palidor at Crazy Asian Gal

On to the Kreative Blogger Award, plus ‘7 Things About Me’  – Do you really want to know?  (This is a requirement that comes with this award prior to passing it on) lol


7 ‘Boring’ things about me:

1.  I’m super sensitive and cry easily; couldn’t hurt a fly, LITERALLY.  I try and catch them in lieu of killing them! Don’t even get me started on the mice I’ve tried to nurse back to health after my cats have had their way with them and left them as a ‘gift’ for me.
2. Although I don’t cook it this way for others, I prefer my broccoli overcooked, like olive-colored overcooked.
3. I love warm rainy days in the spring and summer.  There’s a certain ambiance to them, not to mention the scent of flowers opening up for a drink. I love to bake on these rainy days with classical music playing (especially Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons) and the windows open (with screens, of course).
4. Speaking of flower scents, the scent of lilacs intoxicate me.
5. I love classical music, symphonies, and ballet, and as mentioned, the music goes well with #3 above. On the flip side, I also love classic rock, 1980’s music, and dance music.
6. A very cute lead singer of a well-known rock band came on to me and a friend back in the mid 1990’s.  We passed.  Sometimes I sort of wish..oh, nevermind.
7. Using fake documents to get an authentic Massachusetts driver’s license in college, since our fake ID’s weren’t working, has come back to haunt me the past several years.  My ‘fake’ birth date has inundated every agency and company known to man, and I’m STILL trying to fix the problem! Karma – but hey, I was a kid!

I’m passing this award to..

1. Audax Artifex aka my ‘Drano’ at Audax Artifex
2. Chrystal and Amir at The Duo Dishes
3. Elra at Elra’s baking
4. Elle at Feeding My Enthusiasms
5. Arlette at Phoenician Gourmet
6. Marika at Madcap Cupcake
7. Barbara at Barbara Bakes

Finally, the Lemonade award.  I honestly don’t know what it means or stands for, but it’s  pretty and quite charming, so I’ll be thinking of that as I pass it on to these eight bloggers..


1. Simone at Junglefrog Cooking
2. Y at Lemonpi
3. Shelly at Musings From a Fishbowl
4. Natasha at 5 Star Foodie
5. Natashya at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies
6. Olga at Mango & Tomato
7. Nikki at Art and Lemons
8. Dharm at Dad ~ Baker & Chef

All three awards were passed on to each person for various reasons, but if I try to explain them, it’ll turn this entry into a novel.  You know me, I start writing, and I can’t stop! To everyone I passed these awards to, please know I have great reasons to have done so, ones that would send your blog egos flying.  Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Cake - The moistest, fudgiest chocolate zucchini cake you will ever have! The chocolate ganache seeps into the cracks, making it even fudgier.

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115 Responses to Chocolate Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) Zucchini Fudge Cake

  1. Palidor says:

    Guys are hard-wired differently… they’re missing some gray matter which causes them to interpret platonic gestures as sexual innuendos. 😉 That is a great gym story. You are an exceptional woman and very inspirational. The zucchini cake looks incredibly fudgy! Even fudgier than a fudge brownie.

  2. Laura says:

    I suck at baseball, as I grew up without it and somehow don’t get it, but I felt your excitement.

    I have loads of zucchini too, and I might try this cake too.

    Congratulations of your rehab milestone! I have been there and every little thing makes you so happy! Ice it!

  3. Lauren says:

    Yeah, guys are odd like that. Anyways, I’m so glad you got to see that game, I’m sure it was unbelievable =D. The cake looks absolutely delicious as well!

  4. Rosa says:

    That cake looks really scrumptious and so fudgy! What wonderful moisture!



  5. Valerie says:

    The first time I heard about zucchini and chocolate, my first reaction was “eeeww.” But when I tried it, I was wowed, and so was everyone who tasted the resulting cake – and nobody could guess what the secret ingredient was! However, as moist as my cake was, yours looks so much more luscious! Definitely a recipe I need to try!

  6. Sue says:

    I made some chocolate zucchini muffins, but they weren’t nearly as moist as your cake looks! YUM! I’ll have to give it a go because zucchini abounds! 🙂 Glad the physical therapy is going well:)

  7. That’s an amazing achievement by Derek Jeter, he is such a significant part of the Yankees team. The chocolate zucchini cake look so luscious and wonderful!

  8. fairy_mi says:

    Hi Lis!
    Thanks very much for the award!
    I cannot be more flattered and proud 🙂
    I’m glad you like my blog although it’s written in a foreigner language
    And least I can read your fabulous easily, hehe.

    And speaking of translation-
    You put the blog’s name incorrect- it’s called “The cookie fairy”-
    I know it’s not your fault because google translator make it into “faith cookies”, I guess it have probs with Hebrew, hehe
    Or it have some faith in me 😛

    I also enjoy very much your fabulous blog, it’s amazing!
    Thanks again dear!


  9. The chocolate and zucchini cake looks incredibly moist. I’ve never made nor tasted it before but it’s definitely on my to do list now.

    Thanks so much for the award, I’m blushing. 🙂

  10. Alana says:

    Wahoo on the fancy walking! I’m cheering across the internet! And thanks for the award… totally honored and stuck with a smile for the rest of the day. And I must admit I’m struck with an urge to make a chocolate cake- you seem to have that power over me. But I only have turnips… somehow I don’t think that would make a very good substitution.

  11. elra says:

    Thank you much Lisa, it’s always so fun receiving an award. Means a lot to me. Thank you for thinking of me when passing this award!

    What a fun facts Lisa. Ummmmh, on that number 7, really? naughty … naughty! I hope you will be able to fix it soon.

  12. ingrid says:

    You know I don’t like chocolate but that really does look VERY good! So rich and sinful! 🙂

    Go Jeter!

    Thanks so much for the award Lisa and for not tell us exactly why you passed it along. 😛

  13. vibi says:

    Thank you so much Lisa, for mentionning my blog in your award listing… I’m very flattered.

    I’m discovering your blog today, with great pleasure… but I’ll surely be back, to see what you’re up to in the future.

    Until then, keep on the great work!

  14. Can’t comment on the Jeter reference. You know, being a Red Sox fan and all. Just wouldn’t seem right. But I WILL comment on this delicious looking cake. Now, that’s something I think we can agree on! 😉

    How fabulous sneaking in vegetable like that with no hint of it. Perfect. And not only that, the cake looks incredibly inviting. I so want a slice right now.

  15. Barbara says:

    I’m so honored that you thought of me for an award! I enjoyed learning a little bit about you! The chocolate zucchini cake looks fabulous!

  16. I have baked a lot with zucchini but have not used it in a chocolate cake. Something in me, said,”no.” I was wrong. I admit it. One look at that cake, I have to make it. It looks more chocolatety (is that a word?) than most chocolate cake and your description of it means, no one will be able to tell when I don’t let my friends in, on the secret, until after they finish it.

  17. Dharm says:

    Thanks! Your such a sweetie for giving me the lemonade award! I’ve never managed to work out baseball… I know balls, strikes bases but yet cant comprehend the game. They’ve started showing a little bit over here. Cricket I understand fully – go figure how I can work out cricket but not baseball huh!! I DO know however who Lou Gehrig is and this chap thats broken his record must be super. I have to try this Zuke and Choc cake….

  18. Lisa, thank you so much for giving me a lemonade award, how wonderful! And congrats on all of your well-deserved awards!

  19. Lori says:

    Thank you Lisa. Very sweet of you to think of me and I appreciate it.

    BTW have I mentioned that my husband and I did our “first date” to watch the Yankees game at a bar and grill. Although I wasnt so focused on it as I was on him.

    And so funny I am about to post this same recipe. I did it as well. I saw it on a blog who saw it on Repressed Pastry Chef. and wow did that baby disappear fast. Was so moist and lovely.

  20. Kitty says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to pass this on, and display it proudly on my blog! I love zucchini cake and I have to admit I’ve made this cake on more than one occasion and did not share it with anyone!!

  21. Palidor says:

    Lisa Michelle, thank you so much! I’m so honoured that you like my blog. I’ll post the award the next time I post. 🙂

  22. Sophie says:

    the cake looks fabulous!! Congrats on all of your recent awards!!

    Congrats on the others too!

  23. Katrina says:

    I think your cake looks de-lish!
    Thanks for the lovely blog award! That’s awesome!

  24. Olga says:

    Thank you so much for the award!!!!!!!!!
    that cake looks awesome: I actually have some zucchinis sitting in my refrigerator, but don’t have the energy to bake ;(

  25. MandyM says:

    Oh Yum! I’m in love with ganache, I’ll use it any day over a fudge frosting, mmmmmm….

    I’ve yet to try using baby marrow (zucchini) in something sweet but I can imagine it really is just the perfect thing to make something super moist ’cause it’s fairly bland by itself, I’ll have to give this one a try!

    I do love the gym story, you’re right, guys have “possible girl on girl” radar. Kinda like Doc in “Scrubs” lol!

  26. Arlette says:

    Dear Lisa

    I cannot thank you enough for thinking that I deserve this award… I am honored and proud and very happy. I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart… thank you.

    Your cake is awesome…and so deliciously yummy.
    I made some Zucchini Breads for the Market on Friday , the customers kept asking for it, usually I don’t do the same dessert twice, I like to change from week to week….. My experience with Zucchini is limited to Lebanese Savoury dishes, we only have the marrow Zucchini in Lebanon…

    I have to try this recipe even my fussy eater will love it with all the chocolate on top….
    Thanks again my friend…I love your spirit though I don’t understand the game 100%, I can feel the excitement you lived…

  27. Dan says:

    Well of course Jeter was gonna break the record with that swing of his but what I find amazing with all the great Yankee teams they never had a 3000 hit player – give Jeter two years – Go Sox. As for the gym incident no comment :). Cake looks great and I am curious if thats the same recipe I recall of some brownies I ate in college way back when. Get well soon!

  28. burpexcuzme says:

    wow! A lot of rewards…you are popular!
    And what a great, rich, moist zucchini cake! yum!

  29. Natashya says:

    My goodness, that cake looks so moist! Truly decadent, you would never know that vegetables lurked in it.
    Congratulations on all your awards, and thank you so much for thinking of me!

  30. shellyfish says:

    Thank you so much for the award!!! It’s so sweet of you to think of me! I loved the gym story, and as a former gym rat I can totally imagine the looks the guys gave you two! I’m so excited or you that you could walk alone – that is such an exciting improvement, way cooler than Jeter’s record breaker (though that is pretty cool, too!).

  31. ingrid says:

    I think you’re photos were fine, as in VERY good, Lisa, ya dum dum! 🙂 You know I luv yu and think you are waaaaaaaaay to hard on yourself.

    Hey, you broke your lens a THIRD time? Yeah, I think the camera gods are trying to tell you something.

  32. duodishes says:

    Thanks for the award! You’ve actually given all of us a gift with that cake. 🙂

  33. Thanks for the award Lisa! Much appreciated! I am trying to catch up with all blogposts that have been written in the last three weeks so I have still a looooot of reading to do!

  34. Diva says:

    Hi, I just popped over from 5 Star’s Blog and so glad I did! First, I’m delighted to find another Yankee fan in the world of food blogging and second … this cake looks divine! Congrats on being back on your feet as well. 🙂

  35. Megan says:

    I just made zucchini cupcakes with chocolate chunks. Definitely a great combination. This cake looks so fudgy and luscious!

  36. Karine says:

    I love this cake! Perfect for my chocolatey tooth!

  37. Lisa,

    I’m quite flattered, thank you for the lemonade award. Perhaps I’ll make a celebratory lemon cocktail or two later to toast your recent awards and success getting back on your feet! Congrats…

    I too was thinking about making chocolate zucchini cake (cupcakes) from a recipe I read in a recent issue of Gourmet. After reading your post, it’s now at the top of my ‘to bake list’.

  38. Laura says:

    Mmm . .. That cake really does look delish.

    And, Jeter, wow! My husband and I started dating when Jeter was Rookie of the Year. I remember waiting on line at the old stadium for soemthing like 8 hours for world series tickets. Seems like yesterday . . .

  39. sara says:

    Thanks Lisa! You are such a sweetie, and that cake looks great! I bookmarked it for next year’s zucchini bounty.

  40. Tnelson says:

    I usually don’t post on Blogs but ya forced me to, great info.. excellent! … I’ll add a backlink and bookmark your site.

  41. A&N says:

    Hey Lisa, its me A from A&N…after ages, I guess…
    I couldn’t see it live since I don’t live in the area so I don’t have YES, but I certainly felt happy about it! DJ has been the face of the Yankees for quite sometime now and will continue to be so for quite sometime. One of the classiest guys in the game.

    I hope you’re watching the playoffs. N rolls her eyes every time I yell at the TV 🙂 I like the way we’re playing this year. The pitching has been good and the bullpen has been pretty good too. I just wish the bottom of our order produced more Damon has homered as I’m writing this response to give us a 7-1 lead.

    That A-Rod guy has been pretty good too, hasn’t he 😉

    Go Yankees 🙂

  42. health says:

    One’s health depends on what is in the eating. if he eats healthy foods, he must be a healthy person. but if he ate carelessly, fat, sweet, and others that are not healthy dose of that much, then surely he would be unhealthy.

  43. sophistimom says:

    I’ve never wanted to try a chocolate zucchini cake until now. That looks gorgeous.

    • Lisa says:

      I hope you try it! You’d never know the zucchini is in there…it just adds moisture. Everyone thinks it’s just an amazing chocolate fudge cake. 🙂

  44. HeidiL says:

    I made this cake, and it is SOOOOO good!! I left off the ganauche, and it is still very moist and chocolaty! Love this recipe. One of my new favorites!

    • Lisa says:

      I’m so glad you like it,’s one of our favorites too! We look forward to the zucchini haul every year now! 🙂

  45. Ashlee says:

    Mine turned out dry 🙁 Wonder why???

    • Lisa says:

      Did you follow everything as written, Ashlee, or did you change something or bake it a little longer? Did you use the ganache glaze? I’ve never had one turn out dry, nor has anyone else I know who made it. We need to backtrack to figure this out 🙂

      • Lisa says:

        For anyone who is reading these comments ‘Ashlee’ turned out to be another food blogger who didn’t even bake the cake. This cake was very popular on pinterest, so I suppose this person wanted to sabotage the recipe. Initially, I deleted it when I didn’t receive a reply, but restored it when I found out who it was. I’m shocked and saddened because I was a fan of this person.

        That me, unless it’s overbaked, there’s no way this cake will ever turn out dry! 🙂

  46. Anna says:

    We had a movie night last night (still cleaning up!) and I made this cake. There were 5 of us..and it’s ALL GONE! My friends husband actually scooped out the remaining crumns with a spoon! This is the best zucchini AND chocolate cake all of us have ever had! Thank you for this recipe, Lisa!

  47. April says:

    Never made ganache before. Put it on shortly before serving my crowd won’t be doable. If I were to pour it on three hours before or even the night before would it ruin the cake?

    • Lisa says:

      April, you can pour it on right before will be a like warm fudge sauce – people love it!. BUT, yes, you can do it way ahead of time. If you do, the ganache will set like a creamy sheet of frosting. Let it come to room temperature before serving,…or you can serve it cold too 🙂

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  51. Tres says:

    Oh! My! This has to be the best chocolate cake I have ever made. I used GF flour (because we are gluten free) and it still worked! Thank you thank you thank you. ~ (Sorry about the auto-avatar, it’s definitely not a good reflection of the joy of this recipe)

    • Lisa says:

      So glad you liked it, Tres and thrilled that it worked well with Gluten Free flour! I’ll have to add that as a note to the recipe 🙂 As for the avatars, I never pay attention LOL

  52. Becki Melvie says:

    That looks like a cucumber instead of a zucchini in one of your photos. ???

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Becki 🙂 Cucumbers and zucchini kind of look alike, but you can tell the difference by the by the color since zucchini is usually a darker green and cucumbers have bumpier skin. The photo was of what was left in the bag in my fridge when I spoke of my discovery – one cucumber, two zucchini, and one yellow squash. The cucumber is on top with the bumpy skin, the zucchini beneath it. Good eye! I added it to the post so no one gets confused.

  53. Jennett says:

    My sister and I have been debating this all summer. Maybe you know…Can yellow squash be substituted for zucchini? It seems like people almost use the words interchangeably. We have TONS of yellow squash. Can that be used in your cake recipe? Ideas?? Thank you!

  54. Victoria says:

    I’m so in love with this cake!!! I did halve the recipe and bake in an 8×8 pan. Turned out so delicious and moist!!!!

    • Lisa says:

      I’m so glad you loved it, Victoria! I need to make only half next time so I don’t end up eating 13 x 9 of cake all by myself, in two days, the last time I made it!

  55. Elizabeth says:

    Could I bake this in a bunt pan? Would you recommend the same exact recipe, measurements, time, and temp.??

  56. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah, bundt

    • Lisa says:

      Oh, I always spell it bunt then realize I forgot the d when it’s too late lol That said, Elizabeth.. yes, you can absolutely convert this recipe to a bundt pan. The only change will be the baking time, which will be longer. Keep checking with a skewer when it passes the time in the recipe 🙂

  57. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much, can’t wait!

  58. Rachael says:

    What is dutch-process cocoa? Can I just used unsweetened cocoa powder?

  59. Allison Spradlin says:

    Have you had anyone sub the AP flour with almond flour? If so, what was the result? I can’t even use the GF flour.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Allison 🙂 I haven’t yet had anyone tell me they subbed Almond Flour in this recipe, but with experience in making pure almond flour cakes, I think I can staunchly recommend it! It will be chewier in that almond flour sort of way, but I can’t imagine that being a negative! In fact, I think I might give it a shot myself!

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  62. Foon Lam says:

    I’m going to give your recipe a try since I’ve just bought a bag of zucchini from the market. Have not made a cake with zucchini before although I have use beetroot in my chocolate cake before. I was still able to taste the beetroot but if you didn’t know it was there you wouldn’t notice it. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know you’re going to try it! I hope you love it as much as we do! That said, no worries, you don’t taste the zucchini in this cake – you get the moisture (and the vitamins!), but no veggie flavor at all 🙂 Let me know how it turns out for you!

      • Foon Lam says:

        Just made the cake this morning. However, I cut down the sugar to 1 1/3 cups as I was afraid that it would be too sweet . I also reduced the chocolate chips to half cup. Batter was pretty dense and I was afraid it would turn out too dense. But I was quite surprised that it was quite a nice texture. Waited for it to cool and cut it into 16 pieces. I used a square pan. Even made the topping but didn’t spread it on. Instead, I put a dollop of it on top of each slice served. My husband loved it and demanded a second slice. He said it was delicious, not even a hint of the zucchini. Thanks for the great recipe.

      • Lisa says:

        Thank you so much for stopping in to tell me this! I’m thrilled to know that reducing the sugar by 1/3 cup doesn’t affect the cake, so that’s what I’m going to do the next time I make it! So glad you and your husband (seconds is always a good thing lol) enjoyed it!!

  63. Joy says:

    I’m in the middle of making this cake….it’s in the oven. I substituted coconut flour instead of AP flour and xylitol instead of sugar. Right before baking it, my batter was more the consistency of cookie dough. I added a little more applesauce but I’m not too sure this is going to turn out. :/ any idea why my batter would be so dry?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Joy. It would probably be because the recipe may not work with either coconut flour or xylitol. I’ve never tried it myself, so I can’t confirm it or give you any kind of definitive answer. Well, here’s to hoping it turns out well once baked! 🙂

      • Joy says:

        I figured out the problem…I googled and found out that coconut flour doesn’t convert 1:1. I should have only put about 1/4 cup of coconut flour for every 1 cup of AP flour. :/. I just added a lot more eggs and applesauce and it was fine. Still tasted great. 😉

      • Lisa says:

        Oh, I’m so glad to hear it turned out and tasted good, Joy! Plus, now you’ve made another gluten-free option for those who want to make this cake gluten-free! Thank you for that! I think I might try it myself since I LOVE coconut flour 🙂

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  65. Maria Lykesa says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Great recipe, thank you!
    I love baking but I’m not very good at sticking to recipes, I usually experiment, improvise or “adjust” a recipe to what I like or ingredients that I may/may not have.
    I’ve done your recipe twice, once with olive oil and once with coconut oil, I skipped the baking soda and butter and substituted it with more yoghurt, I substituted the vanilla with almond extract, replaced the white flour with whole wheat flour and some almond flour and also skipped the glazing, it was great!

    • Lisa says:

      Maria. you created your own zucchini cake out of this recipe, so major kudos to you! I’d love to try your version if you’d be okay with posting it here or emailing me the recipe with the exact amounts (you know – baking is a science lol). It sounds awesome!

  66. Becky says:

    I’ve made chocolate zucchini bread before and loved it. I’m definitely going to try this recipe though. I’m thinking of sprinkling some coconut on top of the ganache, too! Yum!

    • Lisa says:

      If you loved zucchini bread, you are going to really love this zucchini cake, Becky! Coconut on top of the ganache is a great idea..even better if it’s toasted coconut! Let me know what you think once you’ve made it! 🙂

  67. Donnas Gramuglia says:

    I made your recipe for zuccini brownies yesterday. Oh my goodness! Sooooo good!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Lisa says:

      So glad you liked it, Donna! I wish I could take full credit for it, but it’s mostly King Arthur’s mastery 🙂

  68. Laurie says:

    Just made this and rave reviews all around. Thank you! The frosting is to die for and the cake is super moist and could not even detect the zucchini. A must make again! Maybe tomorrow 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with all of the above! So glad you loved, Laurie! I just made it last weekend, and it was gone by the next day. I have to keep telling myself that the zucchini makes it healthy! ;D

  69. dezireme2 says:

    Does anyone know what the nutrition details are, such as calories, fat, etc

  70. esther says:

    thank you for sharing. you are kind. and funny

  71. Jolene says:

    What’s AP flour?

  72. Jackie says:

    I made this Friday and oh my gahhd! This cake was AMAZING! So fudgy and delicious! It was such a hit that I’m making another one tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lisa says:

      I totally agree Jackie! Moist and fudgy to the core! So glad you loved it as much as we do, and I’m thrilled that you’re making it again tonight! Enjoy!! 🙂

  73. Annika says:

    Made these with 200g of sugar (instead of 340) and 75g of chocolate (instead of 260) and applesauce. I didn’t want them to be brownie-like. They are super moist and risen very well, they aren’t fudgy but totally soft. Best Zucchini cake ever! Definitely making this recipe again!
    Best wishes from Austria

  74. June says:

    Can cake be frozen and iced before serving ?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, June. So sorry for the over 2-year delay in replying. I was not around most of 2016 due to my father’s sudden passing. That said, yes, you can freeze this cake. Just double wrap in foil, then place in a freezer bag. It should be good for about 3 to 4 months. When ready to serve, let come to room temperature, then make and top with the ganache, if using.

  75. Alli says:

    Anyone know the nutrition facts if made exactly as listed?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Alli, here ya go 🙂
      Serving Size 73g Servings Per Batch 24
      Amount Per Serving:
      Calories 260
      Calories from Fat 120
      Total Fat 14g
      Saturated Fat 6g
      Trans Fat 0g
      Cholesterol 30mg
      Sodium 120mg
      Total Carbohydrate 33g
      Dietary Fiber 2g
      Sugars 21g
      Protein 3g

  76. Ellyn says:

    This was the BEST chocolate cake we ever had! So moist and fudgy and like you said, you cannot see, feel or taste the zucchini! Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe, and the zuchhini growers in our family were elated! Thank you so much for this cake!!

  77. antalya says:

    Hi, Lisa! Loved this cake so much! I have to say, your style is very unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from.
    I just bookmarked your page and hope you start posting again soon!

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