Chocolate Orange Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Orange Zucchini Cake Recipe

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Win Spicer


Like a bit of orange with your chocolate? So do I! It takes this cake and frosting to a higher level. Always get requests to make it and to share the recipe.


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  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 c
  • 3
    large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    orange extract
  • 2 tsp
    fresh grated orange rind
  • 2 c
    grated zucchini, drained
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts, optional

  • 4 Tbsp
    softened unsalted butter
  • 2 c
    powered sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    fresh grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa

How to Make Chocolate Orange Zucchini Cake


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat after each one. Add vanilla and orange extracts, orange rind, and drained zucchini. Beat on medium to blend together.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk. Stir until well blended. If using nuts, stir them in now. Pour batter into prepared bundt or tube pan.
  4. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 55-60 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack 8-10 minutes then turn out on cake plate to finish cooling.
  5. Cocoa Orange Frosting: In a medium bowl, cream butter and powered sugar. Add cocoa and mix until well blended. Beat in milk, orange rind, and both extracts. Spread on plated cool cake.

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About Chocolate Orange Zucchini Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American

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