Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake

with dairy-free buttercream icing
With dairy-free buttercream icing
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Ingredients

3 cups All-purpose flour
2 ¼ cups Cane sugar
¾ cup Cocoa powder
3 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Salt
2 ¼ cups Almond milk
¾ cup Applesauce
2 ½ tsp Apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp Vanilla extract
2 ½ cups Zucchini shredded
For dairy-free buttercream:
1 cup Non-dairy butter softened
3 tbsp Almond milk
¼ cup Cocoa powder
4 cups Powdered sugar

Nutritional information

577
calories
16g
fat
108g
carbohydrates
5g
protein
4g
fiber
639mg
sodium
Ingredients
  • For dairy-free buttercream:

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Enter this Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake! Whether you are following a vegan diet, have loved ones with dietary requirements, or want to enjoy a healthy-ish dessert, this recipe is for you. Three super moist, perfectly sweet, and extra chocolatey cake layers are frosted with light and fluffy dairy-free buttercream. Decorate with chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, and you’ll have the most delicious vegan cake to share with family and friends. 

This recipe is easy to make. Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add in the wet ingredients. Finally, fold in the shredded zucchini. Most commonly, I would tell you to squeeze the liquid out of the shredded zucchini, but in this case, it adds extra moisture to the cake. Divide the batter between three greased cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once baked, allow the cakes to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the dairy-free buttercream icing. Assemble the cake and decorate as desired. Slice, eat and enjoy! 

To make the Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Steps to make Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1

Heat oven and prepare cake pans

5

Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease three 8-inch cake pans with coconut oil and line them with parchment rounds.

2

Mix dry ingredients

2

In a bowl, combine 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 ¼ cups cane sugar, ¾ cup cocoa powder, 3 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.

3

Add in wet ingredients

2

Add in 2 ¼ cups almond milk, ¾ cup applesauce, 2 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar, and 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract and mix with an electric mixer until combined.

4

Add zucchini

1

Fold in the zucchini with a spatula.

5

Bake

30

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

6

Cool

10

Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Run a knife along the edges and carefully invert the cakes onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing.

7

Make buttercream icing

3

Cream together 1 cup softened dairy-free butter and 3 tablespoons almond milk, then mix in ¼ cup cocoa powder and 4 cups powdered sugar. The icing should be thick but spreadable. If it is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk. If it is too thin, mix in ¼ cup powdered sugar.

8

Remove domes off

2

Once the cakes are cool, use a serrated knife to remove the domes off.

9

Assemble

5

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Scoop a large dollop of buttercream icing onto the first cake layer and spread it. Top with the second cake and spread with another large scoop of buttercream. Add the final cake layer and spread with the remaining buttercream icing. Top with chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, if you wish.

10

Serve

Serve and enjoy!

This Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Let us know if you give it a try! Snap a photo of your cake and tag us on Instagram using @cookmerecipes and #cookmerecipes. We love seeing what you’ve made!

Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

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Athina

It's indeed the best vegan chocolate cake ever! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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