10 Zucchini Cake Recipes for Peak Season

Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake
Photo: Deb C

Late summer means one thing: lots and lots of zucchini. Although garden zucchini knows no bounds when it comes to production, the summer squash itself is extremely versatile and can be used in any meal, even (and especially) dessert. When mixed into homemade cake, zucchini adds an unrivaled moisture without affecting the texture, making it the perfect disguise for your bounty. Lemon, chocolate, spices, and even oranges add a flavor to these zucchini cakes that perfectly complement their texture.

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Carrot-Zucchini Cake

three-layered carrot and zucchini cake on a plate

Carrots and zucchini may seem like an odd flavor pairing, but look at it this way: They both lend themselves well to cakes, especially when they're paired with spices, nuts, and cream cheese. This Carrot-Zucchini Cake, then, takes the best qualities from each vegetable, making it a must-share recipe.

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Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Sheet Cake

Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Sheet Cake

The cream cheese swirl atop this sheet cake adds a rich twist to chocolate zucchini cake. However, creator Linda has experimented with other toppings and flavors and encourages you to follow suit. This recipe is simple and will equally be loved at parties and picnics.

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Zucchini Cake IV

Zucchini Cake IV

This simple, yet beautiful zucchini cake is the only zucchini cake you'll ever need. Mix in ingredients like baking chips and dried cranberries to add extra sweetness and jewel tones to your loaves. This recipe also freezes well, which means you can always save a loaf for the future.

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Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Applesauce Icing

Slice of zucchini cake frosted with cream cheese applesauce icing

Zucchini cake and cream cheese are a classic pairing, but adding cinnamon-flavored applesauce to the icing takes the sweetness up a notch. If you're not a fan of overly sweet foods, you can forego the icing or drizzle it on more like a glaze instead of spreading it over the entire cake.

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Lemon-Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake

lemon-zucchini texas sheet cake
Tanya Johnson

If you're sick of chocolate zucchini cake, give this lemony sheet cake a try. The lemon flavor here is subtle and comparable to, as reviewer Tanya Johnson says, lemon Froot Loops. It's super soft and moist on the inside with crispy edges and tastes great glazed, plain, or simply dusted with powdered sugar.

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Zucchini Cake I

Zucchini Cake I
Andrea Hill Colven

Any fan of carrot cake will enjoy this zucchini cake, which replicates its flavor profile while bringing on the moisture. " I loved how easy this cake was to make and my family loved to eat it," says reviewer LSBUI. "My youngest son who will not eat zucchini devoured this cake faster than anybody!"

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake III

Chocolate Zucchini Cake III
Photo by Carla.

If you've never thought to put "zucchini" and "fudgy" in the same sentence, you've clearly never tried this chocolate zucchini cake. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and is equally delicious plain or with chocolate or cream cheese frosting.

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Zucchini Spice Cake

Zucchini Spice Cake

"This cake was awesome! I have never before commented on a recipe I've used from this site but this cake turned out perfectly," says reviewer Lauren. "So perfect in fact that I made it twice in one week. (My brother and sister-in-law were visiting and ate up the first one.)"

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Zucchini Cake III

Zucchini Cake III

You'll spend a little extra time on this cake since it requires that you grate the zucchini, but trust us, it's worth it. This zucchini cake retains its moisture for days — that is, if it doesn't get gobbled up before then — and gets a bright sweetness thanks to the use of crushed pineapple.

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Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake

Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake
Deb C

"I never liked zucchini in anything until I tried this cake," says reviewer az_sunshine. "It was moist, succulent, rich, and just downright decadent." The cake itself has a hint of orange flavor, while the glaze gets its sweet-yet-citrusy notes from a mixture of orange juice and vanilla extract. For bolder flavor, simply add more orange.

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