15 Sneaky Ways to Turn Zucchini Into Tempting Desserts
Zucchini is a master illusionist. This modest summer squash can transform itself into decadent treats that fool even the most determined zucchini haters. But don't just take my word for it — see what reviewers have to say about these sneaky zucchini desserts, plus get tips for prepping zucchini so you get the results you're after. You are, after all, the Houdini of your zucchini.
Zucchini Bars with Spice Frosting
"Never, ever would you know there's zucchini in these bars (fooled my hubby) unless somebody told you. This is just a delicious and super moist spice cake." —lutzflcat
Chocolate Zucchini Cake III
"This is one of those cakes where you close your eyes with each bite, it's so good. My French boyfriend couldn't believe it was made with zucchini. Perfect!" —RAKK
"Seriously amazing. My daughter and I love these and you can't tell there's zucchini in them at all!" —Arielle
"Fabulous!!! By the end of the zucchini season in our garden my husband can't even stand the word zucchini! These are so moist and wonderful, and you never even guess there are zucchinis included!" —COWELLS4
"I know...that was my first thought, too: 'Zucchini cookies? You have got to be kidding me!' However, a cookie is a cookie so I gave these a go. Hello, delicious! They were light, soft, chewy, flavorful, and gone!" —TMoore
Zucchini Pie I
"My Dad and sister were like, 'hmmmm...zucchini pie, really?' Of course, after the first bite they both LOVED it." —huntannaka
BTW, many reviewers said reminded them of pumpkin pie.
Zucchini Apple Pie
"Amazing...best disguise for zucchini yet. When I served it at dinner my husband asked, 'What kind of apples are these?' I said, 'The long, skinny, green kind from the garden!'" —OHIOMOMX2
"This recipe is DEEE-licious! I served it at a scrapbooking party that my mom had and all the ladies LOVED it! Almost all of them asked for the recipe and they were shocked that it was zucchini and not apple cobbler. I baked mine in a 9x13 and added oatmeal and melted butter to the topping. 5 stars!" —Carrie
"Had a few other friends try it before I told them what was in it and the consensus came back with an astounding 'NOM! followed by, 'Really? Zucchini?'" —mmm
Lemon Zucchini Bars
"Light and lucious. Didn't peel the zucchini which left the bars with 'green things' but didn't affect the taste. I freeze the correct amount of grated zucchini with the lemon rind and during the winter I've got a head start on these bars!" —Diane Nelson
Don't Knock it Until You Try it Zucchini Chocolate Banana Nut Milkshake
"Everyone in my family loved it and nobody could believe the secret ingredient was zucchini — you can't taste it at all!" —Jennifer DeFosse
Zucchini Raspberry Cupcakes
"Sturdy but moist not too sweet brownie-like cupcake studded with a delicious combination of fresh raspberries and gooey chocolate chips in every bite. I completely forgot there was zucchini in them! I tasted one 'for rating and review purposes' and then I had to get me out of the kitchen." —naples34102
Try these cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Sheet Cake
"This recipe is a keeper in my stash of cake recopies. My family and I really enjoyed the moist, chocolate taste of this dessert. Most of my family didn't believe there was zucchini in it. The title of the cake has 'Sheet Cake' in it, but I over looked this and put the batter in a 9 x 13 baking dish which was almost too small. Consequently, it took about an hour to cook. Next time I will put the batter in a sheet cake pan [18 x 24 x 2] like it calls for. This is a great cake for family get togethers and church pot luck dinners." —Barbara Ray
Zucchini Walnut Carrot Cake
"We really enjoyed this cake! It is SO moist and not too sweet. Watch your cooking time. I made mine in a glass casserole dish and 38 minutes was perfect." —Staci
Zucchini Cake III
"This was delicious! I substituted 1/2c applesauce + 1/2c oil and added a cup of raisins. I also baked this in a bundt pan (for 55 min) rather than a tube pan. Glazed this with a cream cheese glaze (2 T cream cheese, 2/3 c confectioners sugar, 1 T milk, 1 tsp vanilla)." —Sarah Wilkerson
Tips for Making Desserts With Zucchini
- Use small to medium zucchini. Large zucchini the size of small zeppelins tend to be dry and not as sweet as you want them to be in your desserts.
- No need to seed unless you use an overlarge zucchini with big, tougher seeds.
- Shred zucchini with a grater instead of chopping it so you get ultra thin pieces that will blend into your recipe smoothly.
- Don't squeeze the squash. The natural moisture in zucchini adds moisture to your recipe, which is a good thing for desserts. So in most cases, it's fine to not squeeze out extra moisture.