Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Zucchini Chocolate Cake


1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup oil
1-1/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup "sour" milk*
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups diced zucchini
12 ounces mini chocolate chips
Confectioners' sugar (optional), for garnish


*For sour milk, mix ½ cup milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice and let sit for a few minutes.

Cream together margarine, oil, and sugar. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla; beat until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients, then add to creamed mixture. Beat well. Stir in zucchini. Spoon batter into two greased and floured medium loaf pans. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Bake at 325 degrees 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.


Makes 2 cakes

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Substitution of butter/oil

Any suggestions to sub out the butter/oil?? Although oil I may opt to go coconut oil as it does tend to enhance chocolate. Could butter be replaced with applesauce or something else? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

how to substitute for butter in baking

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Hi, J in MA. Coconut oil is a good idea. As far as the butter substitution, if you want to use unsweetened applesauce be sure to use half as much as the butter measurement. Since this recipe calls for ½ cup margarine/butter, use ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce. You could also try substituting with mashed avocado. That sub is done in equal amounts.

Sounds delicious. Will try.

Sounds delicious. Will try.