chocolate chip zucchini cake

chocolate chip zucchini cake |

There’s a large wooden fruit bowl to the left of my kitchen sink.

It’s usually filled with everything but fruit including sweet potatoes, garlic bulbs, a few wooden toy trains and lately: zucchini.

I make zucchini bread at least once a year, in summer obviously when the entire universe seems to be inundated with the sheer thought of zucchini.

But I don’t mind, really.

I love a good zucchini bread spiked heavily with cinnamon, that begs to be gobbled up with strong coffee and 5 minutes of peace and quiet. I can’t imagine anything more heavenly.

And this delectable chocolate chip version, baked ‘bundt cake style’ certainly hits the spot.

chocolate chip zucchini cake |

Already on the blog, I have a somewhat non-traditional zucchini bread made with whole grain flour and honey.

But because I can’t stop tinkering with recipes, I decided to create and more ‘normal’ version (according to my kids), made simply with plain flour, sugar and chocolate chips.

It’s not excessively sweet, has great texture and crunch, and is one of those things you’ll make over and over again even in the summer heat!

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Serve this at your next gathering, share with co-workers, or just leave a few slices on your kitchen counter for general grazing. It’s a good one. Enjoy!

Kitchen Notes

Tips: when making the recipe, don’t forget to add the grated zucchini to the wet ingredients. It adds necessary moisture that helps to loosen the batter. I forgot to do this the first time around and the batter was difficult to mix- it was too stiff!

The bundt pan I used is made from glass, which conducts heat faster than dark, non-stick pans. Please adjust your baking time as needed regardless of what’s instructed below. Keep in mind that fresh, in season zucchini is very watery and you don’t want to undercook the cake. The zucchini I used came from my CSA- it was fantastic.

Substitutions: dried cranberries, candied ginger or even currants would be nice in this. Also, you’ll notice pumpkin pie spice in the recipe. I chose to add this because it contains a combo of ground ginger, nutmeg and cardamom which adds great flavor. If you don’t have any on hand, it’s not the end of the world.

Make-Ahead: this cake can be frozen up to 3 months. Wrap in a double layer of plastic wrap, then foil. To thaw, un wrap and place on a wire rack at room temperature for about 5 hours.

*Recipe adapted with changes from Smitten Kitchen.

chocolate chip zucchini cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 1 bundt cake
  • pat of butter or oil, for coating the bundt pan
Wet ingredients
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable or melted coconut oil
  • 1¾ cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 capfuls of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, un-squeezed
Dry ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a bundt pan with butter or oil to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the oil, sugar, and vanilla and whisk thoroughly to combine. Stir in the zucchini.
  3. In another mixing bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients.
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients together. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips; do not over mix. Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Tap the pan on the counter once or twice to remove any air bubbles.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes (test at the 1 hour mark). Note: baking times will vary according to the type of pan you are using (my bundt pan is glass and conducts heat faster than dark, non-stick pans). Please adjust your cook time accordingly. Give it a few extra minutes if needed.
  6. Cool, in the pan, on a wire wrack for 1 hour. Carefully remove the cake from the pan to finish cooling.
  7. Right before serving, dust with powdered sugar. Cut into slices and serve.

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    • Emilie says

      Hello Spencer! Rainy weather is the best for baking, isn’t it? Thank you. I hope you enjoy the recipe ;)

  1. says

    I could use a good snack cake about now and zucchini is a favorite around here in late Summer (our CSA shares copious amounts :D ) . So this is perfect for us, Emilie and couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m totally craving the texture, moisture and sweetness of this cake. A good one for sharing, indeed. I love your bundt pan.. I’ve not seen glass! xo

    • Emilie says

      Oh yes! The infamous zucchini season has begun! Shredded zucchini adds the perfect amount of moisture here, making this cake soft and scrumptious. I think you’ll like this one! And yes, glass bundt pans are certainly unusual; I got mine a few years ago from a sponsored post I was doing and have been using it ever since. It’s non-stick too :)

  2. says

    Love it Emilie!!!
    And by the way, my “supposed to be” bowl of fruit it’s on the counter beside the stove and like yours, it’s always full of everything veggie, but fruit, lol. Fruit tends to fill other bowls but not the one where it should be because there’s no space, lol.
    Great recipe. will try irt soon.
    Lia xx

    • Emilie says

      Hello Lia! Ok, so I’m not the only one with a ‘junk’ bowl on the kitchen counter? ;) I don’t know what it is, but it certainly seems to accumulate toys and all sorts of odds and ends as the days go by. I hope you like this recipe- it’s a good one! xoxo

  3. Beverley says

    Your kitchen sounds heavenly and I adore zucchini and have used it in baking before. It went down a treat so definitely going to try this recipe xoxo

    • Emilie says

      Hi Beverly! I do hope you try this. The addition of cinnamon and chocolate chips makes it extra special. Plus, anything in a bundt pan is a winner in my book ;) Enjoy! xoxo

  4. says

    Emilie, your tips are always so pertinent and applicable. I am definitely going to give this recipe a go. I just spied our first three zucchinis out in the garden this evening – little harbingers of zucchini overload to come! ;-) I love the texture here, and I always think that chocolate is the best addition possible. XO! OH! And a sourdough update: I’ve made multiple loaves and am actually babysitting two starters for a friend of mine, who is attending pastry school in France. Mama’s all grown up now! LOL!

  5. says

    I love this beautiful bundt cake Emilie! :) Strangely enough, I have never made chocolate and zucchini before! I think this is the year to make it! I would love to make muffins using this recipe! :) So good!

  6. says

    The zucchini harvest hasn’t come in at my local farm yet, but once it does this is at the top of my list. I’ve never actually made zucchini bread, can you believe it? But I’m so enticed by these beautiful photos!! :)

  7. says

    Emilie, I believe you’ve just made all my dreams, realities. I am swimming in zucchini right now, and the plants don’t seem to have a slowing on the agenda. Chocolate chips seem the best solution. Thank you, and thank you some more. xo

  8. says

    The moment I saw your photo, I knew that this was going to be a must make! Zucchini is just starting to show up at the markets, so I know what I’ll be doing with the first haul!! This looks amazing. Of course, chocolate!

  9. says

    These photos- just so gorgeous! Makes me want to drop everything and bake zucchini chocolate chip cake. (Good thing I don’t have zucchini at the moment, or otherwise I would!)

  10. says

    Oh man, you have my number with adding chocolate chips to any zucchini baked good. Tell me more about your glass baking pan. I think my mom used to have one and I’ve switched to the standard aluminum or whatever it is…

    • Emilie says

      Heidi! This cake is really delicious. My kids keep asking me to bake more (pat on back, lol). It must be those chocolate chips ;) I got the bundt pan from a sponsored post I did a while back. It’s non-stick and very reliable. I’m not sure if it’s technically better than the darker ones but it certainly gets the job done! xoxo

  11. Monica Dunton says I died and went to heaven. If I may…years ago I was inundated with zucchini and made loaves of bread and froze it…I just had a neighbor give me a zucchini from her garden and when I saw this…well thank you! Can’t wait! And glass bundt cake pans? Will be searching the Internet for one. Thank you again….

  12. Ginger Henderson says

    This is a beautiful bundt and the recipe was superb, I am vegan so I just replaced the eggs for an egg substitute and used vegan chocolate chips. I would love to know where you got your glass bundt pan?

  13. says

    I finally made this today, Emilie! I haven’t sliced into it just yet (still cooling…) but the aroma filling our apartment is downright intoxicating. This is my new go-to summer zucchini cake :)

  14. says

    What a lovely brunch cake! I’ve been experimenting with the powdered sugar pouring down on cake or tarts. I haven’t perfected it yet. It always looks like liquid in my photos. I’m trying to catch the action shot. Your background goes beautifully with the cake. Love the mood!

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