Keto Chocolate Zucchini Cake has a tender, moist crumb and a rich sugar free chocolate glaze. What a fabulous way to use up some of that summer squash!
This keto zucchini cake is so rich and moist, it makes me do the happy dance. You know that dance, surely. That happy, spontaneous wiggle that can only come from putting a bite of something utterly delectable on your tongue.
I have multiple keto chocolate cake recipes on this website, each with a different twist. But every single one of them makes me do that happy dance.
And this is one of my favorites to make in the summer. It’s simple to make and turns out beautifully every time. I take this keto bundt cake to many parties and get togethers and it always meets with rave reviews!
Why you will love this recipe
Anyone who has ever grown their own zucchini knows how crazy it can get come mid-summer. You find yourself picking three or four large ones on a daily basis and you can’t keep up.
So any delicious recipe that includes zucchini is a good one! My classic Keto Zucchini Bread becomes very popular at this time of year. But this cake is a nice way to switch it up for a lovely dessert. With only 4g net carbs per serving, it fits well into a keto diet.
This keto bundt cake is not overly sweet, but the chocolate glaze makes it extra appealing. And I’ve simplified the recipe so that you can whip it up quickly and easily. It’s perfect for summer gatherings!
It even freezes well too. You can freeze it with or without the glaze.
“This cake was absolutely incredible! It wasn’t dry in the slightest and even got two thumbs way up from my sweets-loving 7 year old (who could NOT believe there was zucchini in it). You truly are the queen of keto baking!” — Courtney
“I followed the recipe to the letter and I have to say that this cake is so moist and it has an absolutely lovely texture! The ganache is heavenly. Thank you Carolyn for making it so much easier and more satisfying to live a Keto lifestyle. How can you say that you’re missing out on anything when you provide us with recipes like this! ??” — Laura
“I made this cake for the first time 2 days ago. So nice, great texture and very moist. I can’t get Swerve, so I used erythritol and added a bit of liquid stevia, both in the cake and in the glaze. We really love this cake! Thanks again for all your recipes.” — Robin
Ingredients you need
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- Zucchini: This is a wonderful recipe to use up some fresh zucchini. You can grate it with a box grater or a food processor. And with this updated recipe, there is no need to salt and drain it!
- Keto flours: I use a combination of almond flour and coconut flour for this cake. The coconut flour helps offset the moisture of the zucchini. For a nut-free option, you can substitute with sunflower seed flour.
- Sweetener: You can use almost any sweetener you like best for the cake, but the glaze requires a powdered sweetener like Swerve Confectioners. See the Expert Tips section for more sweetener options.
- Cocoa powder: I prefer Dutch process cocoa for its deeper chocolate flavor.
- Protein powder: Like many of my other keto cake recipes, I use unflavored whey protein to help it rise and be more fluffy. You can also use egg white protein powder or pea protein powder.
- Heavy whipping cream: The glaze is a ganache-style glaze so it uses heavy cream as the base. You can also use coconut cream for dairy-free.
- Unsweetened chocolate: Make sure to use 100% unsweetened chocolate, which means no sweetener whatsoever. If you do choose to use keto chocolate like ChocZero, you will need to add a bit more to thicken the glaze.
- Pantry staples: Eggs, butter or oil, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract.
1. Grate the zucchini: Use a box grater or a food processor with a grating disk to grate the zucchini finely. Measure out 2 cups, do not pack it. No need to salt and drain it either.
2. Whisk the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, cocoa powder, coconut flour, whey protein, baking powder, and salt.
3. Add the wet ingredients: Add the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract, then add the zucchini and stir until well combined. If your batter is very thick, add liquid one tablespoon at a time. It should be easily spreadable but not pourable.
4. Bake: Spread batter in a well-greased bundt pan and smooth the top. Bake at 325ºF for 45 minutes or until the top is just firm to the touch. Remove and let cool 30 minutes before flipping out onto a platter to cool completely.
5. Prepare the glaze: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cream or coconut milk and the sweetener. Bring to just a simmer, then remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and vanilla. Let sit 5 minutes and then whisk until smooth.
6. Drizzle over: Let the glaze cool for a few minutes to thicken, then drizzle over the top of the cake and let set.
Bundt pans can be tricky, especially if they have lots of small crevices that cake can stick in. I highly recommend getting a real good non-stick, non-toxic bundt pan like this one from USA Pan. It’s pricier, but it lasts forever and always releases the cakes easily.
You can make the cake in other pans, like a 9-inch springform pan or a 9×13 rectangular pan. It would even make great low carb cupcakes. But the baking time will vary depending on what pan you use so keep your eye on it. It’s an incredibly versatile keto cake recipe, so sock this one away in your arsenal for all that summer zucchini.
Dairy-Free Option: Use egg white protein powder or a vegan protein powder in the cake, and swap butter for coconut oil or avocado oil. Then use coconut cream for the glaze.
The cake can be made with your favorite sweetener of choice, but do keep in mind that allulose can make it cook faster and darken more on the part that touches the pan. It can even taste a little burned. So keep your eye on it if you swap sweeteners.
The glaze needs a powdered sweetener for the right consistency.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Zucchini is very keto friendly. One medium-sized zucchini has only about 4 grams of net carbs. Now you know why it is so popular with those who follow a low carb diet.
Leftovers can be kept on the counter for up to 2 days in an airtight container. I recommend covering the leftovers and refrigerating it for up to a week. You can also freeze this cake for up to 3 months.
This keto chocolate zucchini cake recipe has 7.5g of and 3.8g of fiber per serving. That comes to 3.7g net carbs per slice.
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Keto Chocolate Zucchini Cake
- 2 cups finely grated zucchini about 10 ounces
- 2 cups almond flour
- ⅔ cup Swerve Sweetener
- 6 tablespoon cocoa powder Dutch process
- ⅓ cup coconut flour
- ⅓ cup unflavored whey protein powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- ½ cup butter melted
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cold coffee or water, as needed
- Preheat oven to 325ºF and grease a large bundt pan (9 to 12 cup capacity) very well.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener cocoa powder, coconut flour, whey protein, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract, then add the zucchini and stir until well combined. If your batter is very thick, add liquid one tablespoon at a time. It should be easily spreadable but not pourable.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until the top is just firm to the touch.
- Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack or cake platter to cool completely. Do not let it cool in the pan longer than 60 minutes or it will start to stick again.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let sit a few minutes to melt, then add the sweetener and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
- Let the glaze cool for a few minutes to thicken, then drizzle over the top of the cake and let set.