Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake
This simple, one-bowl loaf cake is a sweet way to make the most of zucchini season. Chocolate cake batter is flecked with shreds of raw zucchini and studded with bittersweet chocolate chips for a summertime cake that’s fit for either breakfast or dessert. While some recipes call for squeezing the excess water out of the shredded zucchini, this loaf cake takes full advantage of the summer vegetable and is taken directly from the grater to the bowl for additional moisture. The resulting cake strikes the perfect balance between rich and fudgy while still maintaining a tender crumb. The cake will keep on the counter for 4 to 5 days, loosely covered, and only gets better with age.
- Serves: 1 person
- Nonstick cooking spray or neutral oil
- 2large eggs
- 1 ½cups/330 grams packed light brown sugar
- ¾cup/180 milliliters neutral oil (such as vegetable or safflower)
- 2teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1teaspoon kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
- 2cups/280 grams lightly packed coarsely grated zucchini (from about 1 large or 2 small zucchini)
- 1 ¾cups/223 grams all-purpose flour
- ⅔cup/63 grams unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- 1cup/173 grams semisweet chocolate chips
- 1tablespoon coarse sugar (such as turbinado or Demerara)
Step 1Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with a strip of parchment paper that hangs over the long sides to create a sling.
Step 2In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla extract and salt until smooth and glossy, about 30 seconds. Add the grated zucchini and mix with a rubber spatula until incorporated.
Step 3Using a fine mesh strainer, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda directly into the bowl and stir with a rubber spatula just until combined and no pockets of unincorporated flour remain. (Try not to overmix.) Add all but 1 tablespoon of the chocolate chips to the batter and stir until evenly distributed.
Step 4Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar and the reserved chocolate chips, pressing them in slightly so they stick. Bake until the cake puffs slightly and a skewer or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs attached or with smudges of melted chocolate chips (the chips will be dark brown versus the lighter color of uncooked cake batter), 75 to 80 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then using the parchment paper, lift the cake out of the pan and let cool completely on a rack before slicing, about 2 hours.