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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
When you're testing the chocolate zucchini cake for doneness, insert the wooden pick in several different places. You may hit a melted chocolate, which might make you think the cake isn't done.

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 8 teaspoons fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 281
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 9.5 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • monofat 4.2 g
  • polyfat 2.4 g
  • protein 6.6 g
  • carbohydrate 45.6 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • cholesterol 27 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 241 mg
  • calcium 96 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; dust pan with 1 tablespoon flour.

  3. Place sugars, cream cheese, and vegetable oil in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  4. Lightly spoon 2 1/2 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 2 1/2 cups flour and next 5 ingredients (2 1/2 cups flour through cinnamon) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

  5. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in zucchini, 2/3 cup chocolate chips, and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

  6. To prepare glaze, combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons cocoa in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine milk, 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, coffee, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a 1-cup glass measure. Microwave at medium 45 seconds or until chocolate melts, stirring after 20 seconds. Combine powdered sugar mixture with chocolate mixture, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cake.