Zucchini Kuchen (Gorgeous Zucchini Cake)


This zucchini cake recipe is from my grandmother--she used to pass the zucchini through a meat mincer because they had no food processor. The zucchini cake keeps well wrapped in aluminum foil in the refrigerator and can also be frozen.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 4 cups grated zucchini

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ cups ground walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • confectioners' sugar, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large loaf pan with butter.

  2. Stir zucchini, sugar, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a bowl.

  3. Combine flour, walnuts, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture until combined. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 80 minutes. Let cool in the pan, about 30 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Notes:

Cooking oil can be substituted for the margarine if desired.

Any variety of nut can be substituted for walnuts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

853 Calories
44g Fat
106g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 853
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 106g 38%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 53g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 376mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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