Zucchini Cake


This zucchini cake is very moist, similar to carrot cake. It's frosted with a decadent cream cheese frosting for a lovely dessert.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
1 (9-inch) layer cake



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups grated zucchini


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Make the cake: Whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl until well combined.

  3. Beat oil, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl with an electric mixer; pour into flour mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in shredded zucchini. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted into each layer comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert layers onto a wire rack and let cool completely, 20 to 30 more minutes.

  5. While the layers are cooling, make the frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in confectioner's sugar, a little at a time, until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

  6. Place one cooled cake layer onto a serving plate. Cover with frosting and spread to the edges. Repeat with a second layer. Place remaining cake layer on top. Frost the sides of the cake, then finish by frosting the top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

794 Calories
44g Fat
96g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 794
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 96g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 71g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 167mg 4%

* 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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