Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

How To Make Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This moist zucchini cake is baked with flavorful spices and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting. Bake this tasteful cake for your next afternoon tea!

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Zucchini Cake:

  • 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ¾tspsalt
  • 2tspground cinnamon
  • ¼tspground nutmeg
  • ¼tspground ginger
  • 1cupgranulated sugar
  • cuplight-brown sugar,packed
  • ½cupvegetable oil,or canola oil
  • ½cupapplesauce
  • cupGreek yogurt,plain
  • 2large eggs
  • tspvanilla extract
  • cupszucchini,finely grated, about 2 to 2½ medium zucchini
  • ½cuppecans,or walnuts, chopped, toasted, optional

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8ozcream cheese,softened slightly
  • ½cupunsalted butter,softened
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • 2cupspowdered sugar

Instructions

Zucchini Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.

  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, stir together granulated sugar and light-brown sugar; breaking up any clumps using fingertips

  4. Whisk in the vegetable oil, applesauce, and Greek yogurt until well blended. Add in the eggs and vanilla, then mix until well blended.

  5. Stir in the grated zucchini. Add the flour mixture, then stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.

  6. Pour the mixture into a buttered 13×9-inch baking dish.

  7. Bake in the oven for 32 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

  8. Remove from the oven, then allow to cool completely before frosting. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving a small opening on one corner after 30 minutes of cooling to seal in moisture.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip together the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until smooth, occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl.

  2. Blend in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar, then mix until light and fluffy.

  3. Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting, sprinkle with nuts, then cut the cake cut into squares.

  4. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 392.69kcal
  • Fat: 20.99g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.47g
  • Trans Fat: 0.29g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.26g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.49g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.53g
  • Fiber: 1.18g
  • Sugar: 35.13g
  • Protein: 4.29g
  • Cholesterol: 54.89mg
  • Sodium: 262.14mg
  • Calcium: 82.12mg
  • Potassium: 126.81mg
  • Iron: 1.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 112.56µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.13mg

How To Make Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This moist zucchini cake is baked with the spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, plus the flavor of applesauce then topped with cream cheese frosting.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Zucchini Cake:

  • 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ¾tspsalt
  • 2tspground cinnamon
  • ¼tspground nutmeg
  • ¼tspground ginger
  • 1cupgranulated sugar
  • cuplight-brown sugar,packed
  • ½cupvegetable oil,or canola oil
  • ½cupapplesauce
  • cupGreek yogurt,plain
  • 2large eggs
  • tspvanilla extract
  • cupszucchini,finely grated, about 2 to 2 ½ medium zucchini
  • ½cuppecans,or walnuts chopped toasted, optional

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8ozcream cheese,softened slightly
  • ½cupunsalted butter,softened
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • 2cupspowdered sugar

Instructions

Zucchini Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.

  2. In a separate large mixing bowl stir together granulated sugar and light-brown sugar (break up any clumps using fingertips).

  3. Whisk in vegetable oil, applesauce, and Greek yogurt until well blended. Add in eggs and vanilla mix until well blended. Stir in grated zucchini.

  4. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Pour mixture into a buttered 13×9-inch baking dish.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 32 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs (no batter).

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Cover with plastic wrap leaving a small opening on one corner after about 30 minutes of cooling to seal in moisture.

  7. Frost with cream cheese frosting sprinkle with nuts if desired (or decorate as desired) and cut into squares.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until smooth, occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl.

  2. Blend in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 392.69kcal
  • Fat: 20.99g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.47g
  • Trans Fat: 0.29g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.26g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.49g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.53g
  • Fiber: 1.18g
  • Sugar: 35.13g
  • Protein: 4.29g
  • Cholesterol: 54.89mg
  • Sodium: 262.14mg
  • Calcium: 82.12mg
  • Potassium: 126.81mg
  • Iron: 1.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 112.56µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.13mg
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