Right now, zucchinis are in season, and we are getting our share of them in our On The Vine CSA box*. From zucchini gratin to zucchini rice casserole, my husband and son are going through them like mad. My son still shocked me though by eating his zucchini slices before taking a bite of his grilled cheese. I’m secretly wondering if this kid’s adopted. Double chocolate chip zucchini cake will be the ultimate test.
I wanted to mix it up a bit, and make a zucchini dessert. No, nothing weird like zucchini mousse. Hmm, I wonder if it exists? Oh gross, quick google search confirms that it does! But I shouldn’t knock it unless I’ve tried it. Back to dessert. So I thought I was setting myself up for attempting a chocolate zucchini cake shortly after making this amazing chocolate cake for my husband (okay, I admit I ate most of it!). My husband was skeptical when I mentioned the words chocolate and zucchini in the same sentence, but he rolled with it. I assembled the ingredients using the last of my Circle Key Farm eggs (this had better be good). After a quick first family bike ride with kid trailer (thanks to Salvation Outdoor) around the neighborhood, and dinner, it was cake time. The kid tried a piece, and continuously baby signed for “more”. And my hubby said that he liked it better than the “veggie-less” chocolate cake. Wow!
*Live in the Phoenix area? Consider signing up for On The Vine’s CSA program. What I like most about their program is that you have a choice of purchasing a box whenever you like or committing to an 8 week period (which is the best value). There are half and full shares available. Pickup locations are at North Scottsdale Farmers Market, Ahwatukee Farmers Market, Carefree Farmers Market, and Salvation Outdoor (32nd St/Thunderbird). The best part is that I can rely on getting my staples while also getting the unexpected, and experimenting with new recipes like this one.
- Have a bumper crop of zucchini, but don't have time to make this cake? Grate zucchini and freeze until needed.
- Don't have any buttermilk? Add some white vinegar or lemon in milk, and let stand on counter for a few minutes.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 60 minutes
- Yield : 12
- All purpose flour - 2 1/4 cups
- Unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder - 3/4 cup ( I like Trader Joes)
- baking powder - 1/2 tsp
- baking soda - 1/2 tsp
- salt - 1 tsp
- sugar - 1 1/2 cups
- unsalted butter - 1/2 cup (1 stick, room temp)
- vegetable oil or applesauce - 1/2 cup
- eggs - 2
- buttermilk - 1/2 cup
- zucchini - 2 cups grated, unpeeled (about 2 medium)
- semi sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour 10" bundt pan. Beat sugar, butter, and applesauce in electric mixer until fluffy for about 3 minutes. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into mixing bowl, and stir. Continue beating mixture adding eggs until well mixed. On low speed, incorporate small batches of dry ingredients and buttermilk until incorporated. Hand mix in zucchini and chocolate chips. Pour batter into bundt pan. Bake for approximately 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and invert on a cooling rack after.