Chocolate Zucchini Potluck Cake
Prep Time: 20-25 minutes
Bake Time: 40-45 minutes
2 Cups AP Flour
1 Cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 Large eggs
1 1/4 Cup oil
2 Cups sugar
3 Cups shredded Zucchini *
1/2 Cup unsalted butter
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 Cup milk
3-3 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350*
Using paddle attachment to your kitchen mixer (or by hand with wooden spoon), add eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla; beat well. Add shredded zucchini.
In separate bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to moist ingredients. Mix vigorously for about 30 seconds until incorporated.
Pour batter into 9×13 greased pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The cake is done when it starts to crack on top and toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
While cake is cooling, prepare frosting. I like very dark cocoa, but you can use regular, just as long as it is unsweetened.
1. Place butter, cocoa and milk in saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil.
2. Reduce heat to low and add vanilla and powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
3. Beat well and add that extra 1/2 cup of powdered sugar if needed. If you add too much, a drop or two of water should fix it. Beat by hand until smooth and glossy.
Let the cake cool about 20 minutes before frosting. Pour frosting over cake – it starts setting up quickly, so spread out evenly as you pour. Easiest cake ever to frost! If you like nuts, sprinkle with your favorite (I use walnuts). Cool completely, cut and serve.
*After you shred zucchini, squeeze as much excess moisture out of it as you can. Give it a squeeze between paper towels or a clean tea towel.
The zucchini in this cake is not really what you notice due to the decadent cocoa and chocolate frosting, but it is a crucial part of this yummy dessert as it provides the cake with so much moistness and the perfect texture. Even non-zucchini lovers will love this! I call it a potluck cake, because it bakes up perfectly in a 9×13 and can stay in the pan until it’s served, making it good for transporting…to potlucks 🙂