Thursday, March 2, 2017

Zucchini Chocolate Cake - the BEST!

I made this cake a few days ago and almost didn't get a picture of it.  Have had neighbors and family enjoying it (and I snuck a few bites in there as well) and kept forgetting to snap a photo.  So finally grabbed a couple last night and even included one "a la mode".

Actually - that paragraph was written back in December and then life got away from me.  So....... it looked like I needed an excuse to make this delicious cake again - so I did!!  It is unbelievably easy to make and the zucchini makes it so moist that you think it it much more decadent than it is.  Adding the dark chocolate chips makes it a bit "healthier"  - right?? 

Best Chocolate Zucchini Cake

adapted from Mel's Kitchen Café

3 large eggs
1 T. vanilla extract (I use Vanilla Bean Extract Crush)
1 1/2 c. organic cane sugar
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. oil (melted coconut, avocado or canola  - I used coconut oil)
2 c. shredded zucchini
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips (added to the batter with the zucchini)
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips (totally optional but purely divine!)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease a 13x9" pan with cooking spray or oil and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla, sugar, buttermilk and oil until well blended.  Stir in the shredded zucchini.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, soda and baking powder. Stir until well combined and no streaks of flour remain. Do not over mix.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the 1/2. c. dark chocolate chips over the top. They will melt in and just add more delicious flavor.

Bake in the oven for about 25-35  minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched and/or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool completely.  You can sprinkle powdered sugar on the top right before serving, frost it with your favorite frosting, serve it a la mode, or just enjoy it plain. It is so moist and good and with all of that zucchini and dark chocolate - it's even good for you!! (well, I can rationalize just about anything!)  You will want to make this again and again! 
(I cut half of it into bars and put them in the freezer.  It helps to keep it out of sight for times when temptation takes over! And it's also a treat to open up the freezer and realize there is a delicious snack/dessert whenever I want it!)

The ice cream takes this moist wonderful cake to dessert nirvana!

It is as moist and luscious as it looks.....

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