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Healthy Chocolate Cake with Zucchini

Posted on | September 12, 2011 | 39 Comments

No more Death by Chocolate!!!  Lots of rich chocolatey goodness is packed into this healthy chocolate cake.  No oil or butter added, honey instead of sugar, whole wheat flour, lots of zucchini and lots of cocoa powder…  Maybe it should be called “Health by Chocolate” but that would probably take it a little to far… :-)   But do try this moist and fluffy cake.  I surely cannot get enough of it…

I was inspired to try a healthy chocolate cake with zucchini after I tried these delicious Zucchini Brownies.  Absolutely amazing brownies!!!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup / 150 g whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup / 45 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 cups (about 300-320 g) shredded zucchini


Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).

In a bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract, honey, salt, and the applesauce.

Sieve the flour and the cocoa powder into another bowl.  Add the baking soda, the cinnamon, and the cardamom.  Mix well.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry flour mixture and combine until the dry ingredients are well mixed in.

Add the grated zucchini.  Mix once more.

Pour the batter into a 9” (23 cm) diameter, round, greased cake pan or something with similar dimensions.

Bake at 325°F (160°C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out somewhat clean.

Guten Appetit!!!


39 Responses to “Healthy Chocolate Cake with Zucchini”

  1. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker
    September 13th, 2011 @ 01:41

    This looks like it has the perfect texture and is so so chocolatey! I love your spice additions too, im a sucker for an cake with a few spicey undertones. This looks like a truly gorgeous recipe indeed :)

  2. Rachel (teacher-chef)
    September 13th, 2011 @ 13:02

    You had me at “healthy chocolate”

    I have a recipe very similar to this in my “death by chocolate cakes” cookbook – but this one is much healthier & therefore I must make it!!!

  3. Bianca @ bsweetdreaming
    September 13th, 2011 @ 17:48

    this looks so fudgy and delicious! i am definitely trying it :) nice blog!

  4. BalticMaid
    September 13th, 2011 @ 19:36

    @ Sasha, Rachel, and Bianca: Thanks for your sweet comments!!! And thanks for visiting!

  5. Jules
    September 15th, 2011 @ 13:35

    Looks great! Nice and healthy too!

  6. Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    February 20th, 2012 @ 13:15

    Oooh, this looks really moist! I love that it’s whole wheat and doesn’t have added fat. And most importantly, it’s a way to get some veggies in me. :)

  7. BalticMaid
    February 21st, 2012 @ 13:22

    Thank you, Jules and Erin. I appreciate your comments!

  8. bridey
    March 12th, 2012 @ 18:13

    I really want this cake recipe to work, I have tried it twice but still the same problem, it is too wet and doesnt cook properly and leaving it in for longer only burns the bottom – should I squeeze some of the moisture out of the zucchini? or add less zucchini?

  9. BalticMaid
    March 13th, 2012 @ 12:34

    @ Bridey: I haven’t encountered this problem yet. Are your zucchini really juicy? Try squeezing out some juice like you said. You could add the pinch of salt (or a bit more so it’s more effective) to the shredded zucchini instead of adding it to the eggs in the beginning. Set aside for a while and squeeze out the juice. Or add less zucchini… Or maybe omit the applesauce but I’d try the zucchini first… Let me know if this works!

  10. bridey
    March 18th, 2012 @ 20:07

    It did work! I used the weighted measurements rather than the cup measurements and squeezed out some of the water from the zucchini and it turned out perfectly! Even my husband likes it! (he was very skeptical of the ingrediants).

    I put it down to Australian zucchinis having a higher water content than others maybe? anyway, great recipe! thanks!

  11. BalticMaid
    March 21st, 2012 @ 13:19

    @ Bridey: Yeah!!! I am glad to hear that it worked and turned out perfectly… yeah :-)
    Thanks for letting me know!

  12. stef
    March 25th, 2012 @ 07:48

    I’m baking it now using gluten free flour. (Red mill — gluten free baker’s flour) I’ll let you know how it comes out. Also put it in muffin pans for mini cakes…..

  13. stef
    March 25th, 2012 @ 19:43

    so…..the muffin cakes were delicious. They sprung pretty high. I had overdone the cardamom, and found that a side of whipped cream helped cut that….in the future, I’ll layer them with a little something creamy between the layers. But they were a hit. :) I’d recommend cutting cooking time to 22-25 mins in muffin tins…

  14. BalticMaid
    March 25th, 2012 @ 21:01

    @ Stef: Awesome!!! I love the idea of turning the cake into gluten free muffins. I’ll give this a try. Thank you!!!

  15. lyno
    April 23rd, 2012 @ 07:27

    Loved this cake!! So good!!! Will be making it again soon. Couldn’t believe how much it rose in the oven.

  16. BalticMaid
    April 28th, 2012 @ 10:21

    @ lyno: That’s great!!! Thanks for your comment!

  17. Kate
    April 30th, 2012 @ 21:49

    This was absolutely delicious!! I have been trying to find a healthy chocolate cake recipe for my son’s first birthday, and this one is definitely the winner!! I made it as a test run for my family and everyone was so shocked to hear how healthy it is! I iced it with chocolate buttercream icing since it will be a birthday cake. Love love love! Thank you so much for sharing :-)

  18. Debra Buxton
    August 21st, 2012 @ 16:55

    This is awesome. Perfect texture. Not too sweet.
    Added about 1/2 C. Raisins and 1Tsp. ginger.
    Love it.
    Cook 40 minutes. Did not add applesauce.
    Thanks. Beautiful

  19. Jess
    September 2nd, 2012 @ 08:07

    MMMMMMmmmmm! I have made these several times now – I add walnuts and nutmeg. They are always a hit! Thank you so much for posting :)

  20. BalticMaid
    September 4th, 2012 @ 23:02

    @ Kate: I love the idea of a healthy birthday cake for your little one!!! I’m so happy you and your family loved it! Thank you so much for your feedback! <3

    @ Debra: I love the addition of raisins and ginger. Thank you for the inspiration!!! I love it! <3

    @ Jess: Walnuts and nutmeg sound delicious! I really want to try this! Am so happy to hear you made this several times and love it. Thank you so much for commenting! <3

  21. Cynthia
    March 25th, 2013 @ 11:39

    Can this recipe be doubled?

  22. BalticMaid
    March 27th, 2013 @ 17:25

    @ Cynthia: I haven’t tried it. However, my guess would be that if you bake it in 2 different cake pans it should work. I am not sure how this would turn out if you bake the batter in one cake pan. Let me know how this works in case you give it a try.

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  24. Ruchi
    May 5th, 2013 @ 07:48

    Hi there, I just tried making this and it looks like it’s turned out well! (It’s not quite sweet enough but that’s my problem – i tried to cut down on the cals!)

    I just wanted to ask, is it possible to freeze this cake if I want to save some of it for another time? Or will that ruin it?

    How long does it keep?

    Thanks for the great recipe! :)

  25. BalticMaid
    May 29th, 2013 @ 19:29

    @ Ruchi: Sorry for the late reply. I have to admit I have not tried freezing it yet. It’ll probably work but I cannot guarantee it. If you do try freezing it, let me know how it turns out. I’m curious now :-) Sorry, I could not be of more help

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  27. Cindy
    August 28th, 2013 @ 20:51

    I am writing a blog post about unique ideas for birthday cakes for babies. I am linking to your recipe and was wondering if I could use a photo of your cake in the post? Thanks so much!

  28. BalticMaid
    August 30th, 2013 @ 12:32

    @ Cindy: You can use the picture. Thanks for asking and for the link. I am looking forward to the post. I love unique birthday cakes :-)

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    August 30th, 2013 @ 19:54

    Thanks so much! You can see the post at

  31. Gloria
    December 30th, 2013 @ 16:52

    Could I use flax eggs to substitute the eggs?

  32. Enza
    January 29th, 2014 @ 08:31

    I want to try this recipe for my son’s first. Do you have any suggestions for honey substitutes? Maybe maple syrup?

  33. BalticMaid
    January 29th, 2014 @ 08:52

    @ Cindy: Thanks for featuring this recipe :-)

    @ Enza: I am not sure about any substitutes. I haven’t tried anything different than honey in this recipe. Let me know how it works out in case you decide to give it try though.

  34. Donna
    February 7th, 2014 @ 17:46

    Should I let the zucchini sit a while to extract any water? Or can I grate them and add them to the batter?

  35. Katie
    February 19th, 2014 @ 14:01

    Do you think this would work well if you substituted the zucchini for banana? I wanted to add a coconut cream frosting :)

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  37. Rebecca
    September 27th, 2014 @ 10:22

    I’m SO gonna try this – NOW! :)
    Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! I’ll be back with a comment after baking and eating this lovely one!

  38. Rebecca
    September 27th, 2014 @ 11:57

    Okay, I just tried a piece before cooling it down (I couldnt wait :( )
    And it’s amazing! The texture is perfect and the zucchini is all gone!

    Do you mind if I share your recipe on my blog ? I will backlink you. I just can’t hide this awesome recipe from others :)

  39. Mandy
    February 1st, 2015 @ 18:41

    Really looking forward to making this cake for my daughter’s birthday. Is it self raising or plain whole wheat flour?

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