Treat yourself to the irresistible deliciousness of our chocolate zucchini cake. This delicious treat is made with a secret ingredient – grated zucchini, which adds delicious moisture to every bite. Not only does it provide an incredibly rich texture, but it’s also a fantastic solution for anyone who has an abundance of zucchini in their garden. Turn your excess into a delicious dessert that will have anyone begging for seconds. With its combination of velvety chocolate and fresh zucchini, this cake is a delicious surprise for your taste buds.
- 350g self-raising flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp spice mix
- 175 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 375g golden powdered sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 500 ml grated zucchini (measure the volume in a measuring cup, but it will be about 2 medium-sized zucchini; if you use a zucchini that is too large, peel it first and remove the seeds)
- 140g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 200g dark chocolate, chopped
- 100 ml cream
Baking with zucchini
Zucchini can retain quite a bit of water, which can affect the finished consistency of your cake. If your grated zucchini seems watery, place them in a clean cloth and wring out some of the liquid in a bowl. Then add the zucchini to the cake mixture as usual. The timing of making zucchini cakes may depend on the water content of your zucchini. Therefore, if necessary, put the cake in the oven for another 10 minutes. Just test it with a skewer and make sure it comes out clean.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, mixed spices and 1 teaspoon salt.
- In another bowl, mix olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and grated zucchini.
- Mix the dry and wet mixture until just combined.
- Fold in the roasted hazelnuts.
- Line a 24cm cake tin with baking paper.
- Pour in your mixture.
- Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
- Turn out onto a cake rack and let cool.
- For the glaze, place the chocolate in a bowl.
- Bring the cream to the boil in a saucepan.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until completely smooth and melted.
- Allow the icing to cool slightly and thicken.
- Spread the icing over the cake so that it covers it and the icing begins to drip down the sides.
- Serve with a cup of tea or enjoy as a pud with a spoonful of something creamy.
Equipment and tools
To make this chocolate zucchini cake you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- measuring cup
- baking tray
- baking paper
- Cooling rack
This Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe contains the following allergens:
- Nuts (hazelnuts)
- Gluten (self-raising flour)
- Dairy products (double cream)
If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, please check ingredient labels carefully before making this recipe. You may also need to replace certain ingredients with suitable alternatives.
Storage and leftovers
If you have any leftovers from this chocolate zucchini cake, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can store the cake in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
You can also freeze the cake to keep it longer. Wrap individual slices or the entire cake tightly in plastic wrap before placing in a freezer-safe container or bag. The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers or defrost the cake, simply let it come to room temperature or warm it slightly in the oven. You can serve the cake as is or warm it up and serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
Health Benefits of Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Chocolate Zucchini Cake not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also offers several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key ingredients and their positive effects on your well-being.
Zucchini, also known as zucchini, is a low-calorie vegetable that is rich in essential nutrients. They are an excellent source of fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. The presence of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and potassium in zucchini supports eye health, strengthens the immune system, and promotes proper heart function. Additionally, the high water content in zucchini helps keep you hydrated.
2. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content offers numerous health benefits when consumed in moderation. It is rich in antioxidants, especially flavonoids, which protect your body from free radicals and reduce inflammation. Flavonoids also help improve blood circulation, which can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Consuming dark chocolate has also been linked to improved brain function and mood enhancement thanks to its natural compounds such as caffeine and theobromine.
Hazelnuts are a nutritious addition to chocolate zucchini cake. They are a great source of healthy fats, including monounsaturated fats, which can help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Hazelnuts also provide important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, copper and magnesium, which contribute to overall brain and heart health. In addition, they contain fiber, which supports digestion and promotes a feeling of satiety.
4. Olive oil
Using extra virgin olive oil in this recipe adds more than just flavor to the dish. Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and is known for its health benefits. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, which have positive effects on heart health as they can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. The presence of antioxidants in olive oil also fights inflammation and protects cells from damage.
5. Cocoa powder
Cocoa powder not only gives chocolate zucchini cake its rich and chocolaty flavor, but it also offers health benefits. Cocoa is an excellent source of antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, improved blood flow and lower blood pressure. Additionally, cocoa contains compounds that stimulate the production of endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers.
By incorporating these healthy ingredients into your chocolate zucchini cake, you can enjoy a delicious treat while nourishing your body.