Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake is rich, delicious and has a divine, soft texture. It’s so good that it doesn’t even need a frosting or glaze. It’s perfect as is!
What does zucchini do in a cake?
Do zucchini breads and cakes taste like zucchini?
Nope, not really — but, here’s the deal, zucchini is naturally moist and in many ways it’s similar to oil in its baking characteristics, so it makes for a moist, luscious cake!
And this Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake tastes mostly like deep, rich, luscious chocolate!
If you have a summer garden, it’s very likely you have more than enough zucchini on your hands. So I’m told, anyway. 😉
Inspiration for Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake
If you’ve been following my recipes for a while, you know one of my boys has Celiac Disease, which is why I make so many cookies and other desserts sans gluten. I mean, how could I serve a super tasty, chocolaty dessert to everyone except him? I simply couldn’t.
Baking without regular all-purpose flour has certainly tested my baking skills over the years — and, it’s taught me a lot. It’s often very difficult to perfect gluten-free baking, and baking is a science, which means it’s not very forgiving.
Sometimes I bake things a few times before determining it fit to serve, and by my definition, “fit to serve” means it has to be really, really delicious. And that’s exactly what this Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake is!
I hope you’ll try it! And not just if you have an abundance of zucchini in your garden.
A couple more gluten-free cakes:
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
- Gluten-Free Meyer Lemon Cake with Olive Oil
- Gluten-Free Spiced Carrot Cake with Cardamom Cream Cheese
This rich and delicious, Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake, with a divine, soft texture, is so good that it doesn't even need a frosting or glaze. It's perfect as is!
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, divided
- 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, sifted, divided
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 3/4 cups zucchini, grated
Preheat the oven to 350°F and adjust a rack to the center.
Add 1 tablespoon of the melted butter to a 10-inch bundt pan and move it around and so it's completely coated. (Using a pastry brush or your hands will help.) Then sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cocoa powder as evenly as possible over the butter. Set aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the remaining 2/3 cup cocoa powder, gluten-free flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir until everything is evenly incorporated and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt together. Mix on high until it's a thick and pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Once it's blended add the sour cream and mix until it's smooth.
Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing just until everything is well incorporated.
Now fold in the remaining 1 cup melted butter.
Use your hands to "wring out" the zucchini, to remove some of the liquid -- only what seems to drip off easily. Fold the zucchini into the batter and then immediately pour into the prepared bunt pan.
Place in the preheated 350 degree F oven until the cake no longer jiggles when the pan is moved, and it's starting to crack on top, about 35 minutes.
Let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then invert it on a large platter. Let it cool for about an hour before serving.