Church Planting among the Nahuatl

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Nutella Frosting


So, I made this cake last week while we were house-sitting for some missionary friends who have a garden. Each day we had about 2 or 3 zucchini that we harvested, and so I had to try some baking with it. Honestly, this cake was just too good not to share…with a bittersweet chocolate cake on the bottom complimented with creamy hazelnut Nutella frosting, what’s not to like.  Hope you try it!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Nutella Frosting


1 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8×8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray. In one bowl combine your wet ingredients, zucchini, eggs, applesauce, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the dry- flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and soda. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Mix only until moistened- do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake approximately 20-30 min. or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (we don’t have a timer, so I don’t really know how long this cooked…I think around 25 or 30 minutes)

Nutella Frosting

While the cake is cooling make your frosting.

In a small bowl combine:

1/3 cup Nutella hazelnut spread

4-5oz. light cream cheese, soft

Low fat milk – I used about 1 Tbsp.

Mix together with a whisk until you get your desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake, and serve. I put the leftovers in the refrigerator because the frosting was a little gooey, and Pete and I both thought the cake tasted even better cold. Enjoy!


Author: Liesl Hypki

We are a young couple living in remote Mexico to reach the Nahuatl people for Christ.

3 thoughts on “Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Nutella Frosting

  1. Looks scrumptous! Can’t wait to try it.:)

  2. We have zucchinis in our garden…I am SO making a gluten-free version of this! Thanks, Liesl 🙂

  3. Pingback: Nutella: Socially Acceptable Junk Food for Lunch « Frugal 'n' Fit: The pursuit of wealth and health!

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