A fantabulous birthday cake: Chocolate Zucchini Orange Peel Cake

Vickey made me a very delicious, moist, chocolatey-orangey cake for my birthday. I loved it. So I’m sharing the recipe.

And by the way – thank you to everyone who shared happy birthday wishes with me on social media. I’m overwhelmed by all the love and support.

Chocolate Zucchini Orange Peel Cake

chocolate zucchini cake


2 1/2 cups regular all-purpose flour, unsifted
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Glaze (directions follow)


Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

With a mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar until they are smoothly blended. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, orange peel, and zucchini.

Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the milk into the zucchini mixture, including the nuts with the last addition.

Pour the batter into a greased and flour-dusted 10-inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes (test at 45 minutes!) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes; turn out on wire rack to cool thoroughly.

Drizzle glaze over cake.


Mix together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Cut in thin slices to serve. Makes 10-12 servings.

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One Response to “A fantabulous birthday cake: Chocolate Zucchini Orange Peel Cake”

  1. Sheri April 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Sounds good — looks better!

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Pete!


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