I was recently given a bunch of home-grown zucchini and ended up shredding it for use now and for freezing. I immediatly thought of this chocolate cake that my grandma Lacher use to make when I was small and visiting her house. I loved to help her make it and totally enjoyed sharing in the eating of it, she seemed to always have it around in the summer.
Grandma Lacher’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake
- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 12 oz chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Cream together the butter and the sugar. In a small glass mix together milk and vinegar or use sour milk. Add in oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk mixture and mix. In a separate bowl combine cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and flour. Sift or mix the dry ingredients together so they are combined well. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture until well incorporated. Fold in the grated zucchini. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13″ pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly across the top. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
After my first time making this today with my two little girls we sat down for a piece of cake while it was still warm. The flavors and memories of my childhood sharing this cake with my Grandma Lacher came flooding back in.
Enjoy folks and make a memory with your children today.
Side note: The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of sour milk, since we don’t tend to have sour milk readily available the use of the 1 Tbsp of white vinegar to milk will to the trick.