Deliciously spiced, moist cake studded with hidden pieces of zucchini and covered with a rich cream cheese frosting. It's the perfect summer cake! I always love to tell the kids they ate a vegetable in their cake, after they've finished the slice.
Ready in: 3hours5minutes
2cups (283g)all-purpose flour
1cup (200g)granulated sugar
2/3cup (150g)packed light-brown sugar
1/2cup (120ml)vegetable or canola oil
1/3cup (83g)plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
2 1/2cups (344g)finely grated zucchini (grate on small holes of box grater. About 2 - 2 1/2 medium zucchini)*
1/2cupchopped toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting
8ozcream cheese,softened slightly
1/2cup (113g)unsalted butter,softened
2cups (228g)powdered sugar
For the Zucchini Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl stir together granulated sugar and light-brown sugar (break up any clumps with your fingertips).
Whisk in vegetable oil, applesauce and Greek yogurt until well blended. Add in eggs and vanilla mix until well blended. Stir in grated zucchini.
Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Pour mixture into a buttered 13 by 9-inch baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven 32 - 35 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs (no batter).
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting (cover with plastic wrap leaving a small opening on one corner after about 30 minute of cooling to seal in moisture).
Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting sprinkle with nuts if desired (or decorate as desired) and cut into squares.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
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 bowl.
Blend in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
*Don't worry about peeling the zucchini before grating it.