Chocolate Zucchini Cake from Home Style Cookery by Matty Matheson

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I received a copy of Home Style Cookery by Matty Matheson from the Abrams Dinner Party at no charge. All opinions are my own. Please enjoy this recipe for chocolate zucchini cake.

The garden is starting to wind down – there is a freeze warning in the forecast in the next few days – but there are still zucchini to be found. There are always zucchini that get lost, like this monster I found while seeking a couple so I could make a chocolate zucchini cake recipe. I brought in an extra so I could celebrate the end of zucchini season with one last go at a couple of my favorite recipes like lemon basil zucchini or zucchini cakes.

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one big zucchini

That is one big zucchini. The husband chopped it up for the chickens and ducks and they all had one big feast. Then I took the normal sized squash that I found next to it into the yurt and started making a very delicious chocolate cake.

chocolate zucchini cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Serves 10 – 12

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  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup high quality cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • cooking spray

dry ingredients

  • Whisk the flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder together in a medium bowl.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter, coconut oil, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt and beat until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time until smooth again.
  • With the mixer on low, alternate adding the flour and sour cream just until combined.

add zucchini

  • Fold in the chips and zucchini.

put in prepared pan

  • Spoon into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes (mine took closer to 50) until a tester comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack for about a minute then remove from the pan to cool completely.


  • Serve with whipped cream and raspberries if desired. Or dust with powdered sugar

chocolate zucchini cake with whipped cream

How Was the Chocolate Zucchini Cake?

This is actually one of the best cakes I’ve had in a while. Probably one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve eaten. So moist, so chocolately. The recipe in the cookbook calls for a chocolate ganache icing but I had no chocolate in the yurt (THE HORROR!) as I am waiting for some to some to be delivered. I just whipped some heavy cream and added some fresh picked raspberries. Hey, it’s a quarantine world, right? But I’ll tell you, this cake is good without any accompaniment. 

Baking with the vegetables in the garden doesn’t end with zucchini; did you know that chocolate beet cake is also very delicious?

homestyle cookery

About Homestyle Cookery

Chef Matty Matheson follows up his New York Times bestseller with an even bigger book that is all about quality home cooking.

Matty returns with 135 of his absolute favorite recipes to cook at home for his family and friends, so you can cook them for the people you love. Home Style Cookery is his definitive guide to mastering your kitchen, covering everything from pantry staples (breads, stocks, and pickles) to party favorites (dips, fried foods, and grilled meats), to weeknight go-tos (stews, pastas, salads), and special occasion show-stoppers (roasts, smoked meats, and desserts). It starts with basics like Molasses Bread in an Apple Juice CanBeef and Bone Marrow StockKitchen Sink SaladThanksgiving Stuffing Butternut Squash, and the tallest Seven-Layer Dip you have ever seen. Next it covers comforting recipes like Littleneck Clam OrecchiettePho GaSichuan Newfoundland CodDouble Beef Patty Melt with Gruyere and Molasses Bread, and Matty’s take on the ultimate Submarine sandwich. And it closes with bangers like Fish Sticks with Kewpie Tartar SauceSalt Crust Leg of Lamb and Yukon Golds with Creamed SpinachTexas-Style Prime RibT-bone Steak and Fine Herb Chimichurri, and Lobster Thermidor with Bearnaise and Salt and Vinegar Chips. It even has desserts like his wife Trish’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and Creme Caramel

In Home Style Cookery, Matty shares his bold style of cooking. Along with beautiful photographs of Matty’s dishes and his farm, this book is filled with signature recipes that are equal parts approachable and tasty. Matty’s first book shared his culinary story, Home Style Cookery will help you build yours. 

About the Author:

Matty Matheson is the funniest and most illustrious person on YouTube, the host of Viceland’s It’s Suppertime! and Dead Set on Life, the father of three bundles of joy, the greatest husband to the greatest wife in the world, and a chef phenom. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Matty Matheson: A Cookbook.

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