Chocolate Pecan Zucchini Cake

This is the time of year for all things zucchini. I love it raw, baked, grilled, steamed....but I especially love it grated into this delicious cake.

Brown sugar pecan crumbles bake into a crackly topping that melts into a moist, tender cake. What a great way to enjoy your vegetables.

Chocolate Pecan Zucchini Cake  Printable Recipe

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup canola oil
1 and 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated zucchini (I left the skin on and used a large grater)

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13X9 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients and set aside.
2. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, oil, sugar, and eggs. Mix on low until light and smooth, about 4 minutes. Pour in buttermilk and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix just until combined. Fold in zucchini. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Mine was done at 36 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Keep leftovers tightly covered.

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  1. This looks really, really good!

  2. Oh Joy! Once again I should not have come to visit before eating! That looks delicious and I can't wait to try it! Thanks!

  3. Hi, Joy! Considering the fact that I have a garden full of zucchini at the moment, I'm pinning this and looking forward to enjoying it soon!

  4. Joy,

    This looks so delicious. I but the zucchini makes it super moist. I am pinning, sharing, tweeting, and Stumbling.
    Diane Roark

  5. Never would have thought to combine chocolate, zucchini and chocolate, too, but this does look amazing and seriously want to try soon :)

  6. Joy, this cake looks amazing. I stumbled, pinned, fb, tweeted; you're famous now for this delicious cake! Thanks again for helping me stumble.

  7. I LOVE THIS - no sifting involved! I am printing this out for future use. What a spectacular recipe.

  8. I just tried two new zucchini recipes today. I wish I would've seen this...that streusel topping is calling my name!

  9. This looks delicious! I love zucchini and I know this cake is out of this world. Looking forward to making this cake!

  10. Joy, This cake looks fantastic! Great picture, pinned and shared.
    Wanda Ann

  11. Hi Joy, This recipe is perfect for my overflowing crop of zucchini! Thanks :)

  12. Oh my goodness Joy, this looks amazing and your pictures are lovely. I will be making this one once my zucchini is ready. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh wow, pass the fork please. This cake looks amazing! Love the addition of cinnamon, I'm sure it adds a wonderful touch.

  14. This looks scrumptious, Joy! Even my zucchini haters would love this. :)

  15. Great picture, Joy! I hope my neighbors share their zucchini with me this year - I know the first thing I'm gonna make! :)

  16. Joy,

    Stopping by to share and stumble your Chocolate Zucchini cake. I am going to feature it soon on a Chocolate roundup along with several other of your delicious chocolate recipes.

    Diane Roark

  17. This looks absolutely amazing, Joy! I love that it's packed with zucchini!!!

  18. Oh I would definitely eat this! Chocolate and good for you too, bonus! Stopping by from the project inspired link party :-)
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

  19. Thanks for this delicious cake the topping puts it over the top! Glad you came by What'd You Do This Weekend. Have a great 4th, Joy.


  20. Such a creative way to use leftover zucchini!

  21. I love zucchini too, but would never have thought of making it into a cake. This is a recipe I need to try out!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

  22. What a lovely cake, Joy. It looks so tempting! Zucchini makes cakes so moist and delicious and I love the idea of the chocolate and pecan too. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop :-)

  23. This is my kind of cake and will be what I take to the 4th of July picnic. Thanks!

  24. This does look cho cake.

  25. Stopping by from You're Gonna Love It Tuesday. I love chocolate and zuchinni! Can't wait to try this yummy in your tummy cake!

  26. Oh my goodness Joy....this looks deeeelish!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  27. Wow, that looks delicious Joy! I love chocolate zucchini bread, and this looks even better. :)

  28. This cakes sounds and looks amazing! I love Zucchini! and the topping looks delicious!

  29. Hi, Joy! This is my first visit to your blog via Christine's "Table It!" blog party. Believe me...this is the ONLY way I will eat zucchini. My Mom tricked me into trying it when I was little, and that didn't go over so well. I like it in breads and cakes, though, so pinning!!! You're so right...a great way to sneak in those veggies!

    Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  30. Love cakes with the addition of zucchini. It always makes them so moist. And adding chocolate and that dreamy topping - can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday.

  31. Oh Joy, you've GOT to be kidding! This has to be the most scrumptious dessert ever! PINNNNNNNED it!

  32. This looks delicious. And has hidden veggies. The kiddies will never know. Thanks for sharing.

  33. This looks so yummy. I love how great zucchini can go into so many recipes.
    Thanks for sharing,

  34. Even with zucchini this sounds delicious. I would not have put the two together. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  35. I will be coming back for this recipe in another month! I am curious.... How do you enjoy zucchini raw? In salads?

  36. Yes I know how good zucchini is in cakes and this one looks absolutely moist and delicious!

  37. Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All submissions get pinned to our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  38. Oh this looks so so good! What a great way to use zucchini, this cake looks so moist and delicious!

  39. This cake looks so amazing, especially with that topping! :)

  40. This looks delicious! I am not a chocolate lover, but I have had this before and it is so moist and the additions of the pecans would make me love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  41. This looks great, I've never baked with courgette before but I want to change that soon. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  42. Hi Joy,
    What a fabulous summer cake, we will just love it. Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  43. Woohoooo!!!! Your Chocolate Pecan Zucchini Cake is this weeks feature at MUNCHING MONDAYS!!!! Can't wait to see more of your delish recipes!!! Warmest, Nic

  44. Just pinned and will be sharing on Facebook!! You did it again!! Amazing Cake my sweet Friend!!

    Hugs from Freedom Fridays (and me!!)

  45. My grandmother handed down a chocolate zucchini cake that is a huge family favorite, but this one looks mighty tasty, too!
    Thanks so much for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share! last week - hope to see you again this week, too :)
    PS - pinned this to the party board :)

  46. Hi Joy!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesdays last week. Your link is very much appreciated! Hope to see you again, starts tonight @ 8pm CST.

    Have a great week!

  47. Wow! I just want to reach in my screen and eat that piece of cake. This is going on my list of recipes to try. My list is super long but I hope to get to it one day soon :)

  48. Mmm that looks SO delicious! I found you through the serenity link-up!

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  49. What a wonderful way to use up that zucchini bounty! Yummy! I love putting zucchini in adds such great moisture! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope to see you again tonight!

  50. This looks incredible! I'm highlighting it on the Enchanting Inspiration party tonight on Migonis Home! :)
    Can't wait to make it!

  51. Oh JOY! You did it again...just looking at your recipes make me hungry! I love this cake so much that it is one of my features at Party in Your PJs Link Party. We hope to see you at the party again tonight, the party goes live at 7pm CDT!

  52. I have to try this sometime! Three of my favorites in one cake, YUM! Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives Pinning to my baking board.

  53. This looks and sounds so yummy!

  54. I almost forgot to put the eggs in....yikes. They were missing in instructions. Anyways, big hit!!! So yum. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Wow, great catch! Thanks for letting me know- I have fixed it! I’m glad you liked it in spite of the instructions.

      Thank you for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! :)

  55. So I have tons of zucchini right now and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes!!!

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  57. WONDERFUL recipe and I'm so excited to try this and will share around the planet - a MUST have! Thank you Joy. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  58. That zucchini cake looks so good! Our neighbor always gives us lots of zucchini from his garden so I am always looking for different ways to use up the zucchini.

  59. Pinned! Thanks for sharing on Treasure Box

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