Death By Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!
Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!
Today, we’re revisiting one of my oldest recipes. And one of my very favorites. Because (aside from my favorite chocolate cake) I’ve yet to meet another chocolate cake that rivals this chocolate zucchini cake in terms of flavor, texture, and moistness. Plus, we’re talking about FOUR layers of chocolate goodness here:

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This is a MAJOR chocolate experience you guys.

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!

And the best part is: you’re totally getting in your veggies! Not that you’ll even notice.

You won’t believe there are TWO WHOLE zucchinis in there! And you know what they say– you need 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. So, basically, that means you need 2 and a half cakes per day. Which seems reasonable. Amiright? ????

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!

That ganache is practically a superfood on it’s own.

I mean, just look at that! Does anyone else get all ???? ???? ???? watching ganache drip down the side of a cake? Be still my heart!

Ganache is so simple to make. I actually wrote a whole post about it here (which I plan to update soon, in fact. But it’ll do for now). It just takes two simple ingredients: chocolate and heavy cream. I usually nuke it in the microwave in 30 second increments until everything is warm and melty and stirs smooth. But it’s probably a little safer to make it over medium heat on the stove top if you don’t work with chocolate much, just to avoid burning or seizing it.

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!

This cake is seriously a dream come true. You are going to be obsessed with it!!

 

Death by Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Rich and moist chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips and a decadent chocolate ganache on top!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (I used 2 medium zucchinis)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the Ganache

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Whisk together the oil, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Mix in the sour cream.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until thick batter forms.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and shredded zucchini.
  6. Generously grease a bundt pan. Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for about 20-30 minutes. Gently tap the sides of the pan to release the cake, and then invert the cake onto the serving plate.
  8. Make the ganache: over medium heat, stir the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream until the chocolate is melted. I like to switch to a whisk at the end to break up any remaining lumps of unmelted chocolate.
  9. Drizzle the ganache over the cake. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips over the ganache if desired.

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