Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Death By Chocolate Zucchini Cake ~

Beware ~ this Death by Chocolate Zucchini Bread is addicting in the worst way.  It’s shamelessly all about the (bittersweet) chocolate, with a bunch of fresh zucchini thrown in to keep it legal.  If you’re planning to make it for company, better bake two, you won’t be able to control yourself.

Sinfully rich Death By Chocolate Zucchini Cake ~

I wonder whether you see the glass half empty, or half full.  Summer has peaked, and it’s downhill from here for sure, but depending on your perspective that can be exhilarating or incredibly sad.  I’m doing a happy dance because cooler temps, nippy nights, pumpkins, and all that, feeds my soul and I’m glad it’s finally on the horizon again.  But whatever your mood, this decadent little cake can help.  We’ve had our fill of salads, fresh veggies, all the berries we could ever want…and we still have boatloads of zucchini hanging around — so now it’s time for a different kind of good eats.

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread ~

This is a classic zucchini bread that’s been enriched with cocoa and bittersweet chocolate chips.  It would be fantastic naked — just sprinkle it with a bit of powdered sugar and call it breakfast or a coffee break.  No one would ever dream that there might be anything more to it.  But I don’t believe in doing things halfway, and adding a thick layer of bittersweet ganache really turns this zucchini bread into an experience.

Death by Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache ~

Even though you can’t see the zucchini (it doesn’t stand a chance with all that dark chocolate,) it’s in there, and it gives this cake a great moisture and a nice loose crumb.

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Cake --- a decadently rich chocolate zucchini cake topped with a thick layer of bittersweet ganache --- what a way to go! ~

Don’t worry, I haven’t left fall and winter out of this equation ~ be sure to check out my DEATH BY CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN BREAD.

recipe adapted from Delish.

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread


    dry ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
    wet ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (buy two medium)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used bittersweet)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Lightly spray and line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment, leaving the ends long so you can lift the cake out for slicing after it has baked.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together. I like to sift the cocoa powder to get rid of any lumps. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the sugar and eggs together until pale and smooth. Beat in the butter and vanilla, then fold in the zucchini.
  5. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet, in three stages, blending just until incorporated after each addition, and don't over-beat!
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips and spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center doesn't come out with wet batter clinging to it.
  7. Cool completely on a rack before frosting.
  8. To make the ganache, heat the cream to a simmer, then pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 3 minutes, then stir until glossy and smooth. Refrigerate until cooled and spreadable, stirring every once in a while to keep it glossy. Then spread a thick layer over your zucchini bread.


  • I made this with bittersweet chocolate and extra dark cocoa powder, and so it has a bittersweet flavor.  If you don’t like that, be sure to use a sweeter chocolate.
  • If you want to try a similar recipe without the zucchini, try my Chocolate Pound Cake.

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Cake with a bittersweet chocolate ganache is the ultimate zucchini dessert! ~



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Death by Chocolate Zucchini Cake is an addictive, decadent dessert topped off with a bittersweet chocolate ganache --- wow! ~



used to make Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread (photos are clickable)

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    June 27, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Very good however it turned out to be too sweet and I had too much icing left (what a waste ) . Perhaps less chocolate chips ?
    In my opinion either the cake should be sweet or the topping but not both . Maybe next time will use dark chocolate and not semi for the chips

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      June 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Let us know how you change it up Sarah, it’s always interesting to see how everybody adjusts these recipes. I’m a big fan of dark or bittersweet chocolate, so that would be nice.

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    February 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    How can I “veganize” this?

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    August 25, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Need to make this again for a gathering next week as requested by people that tasted the last one and loved it. Anyone out there have suggestions on how to keep my ganache from seizing, have not gotten any response yet. HELP please

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    August 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    OMG this bread is to die for, love it. Made it just as written . For some reason I can’t get my ganache to turn out. Have made twice now and it seized both times, disappointing. Tasted good but did not look at all like picture, any suggestions?

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    August 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Hi! Love this recipe and your blueberry lemon cake, we included both in our recent blog post here! :)

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      August 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thanks so much Jasmine!

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    July 31, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Question – could you make this recipe into large muffins? (without the frosting) My son LOVES those chocolate, chocolate chip muffins you can buy in bakeries (yuck, homemade is SO MUCH BETTER, but kids, what can ya do?!) He hates eating his veggies, so I thought if I baked this recipe into muffins he’d be getting his favorite yummy treat AND a serving of veggies!

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      August 1, 2017 at 6:49 am

      This cake doesn’t really have a muffin-y texture so I’m not sure how it would do, but it’s a good idea. I’m tempted to work on a recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins…kept an eye out, you’ve inspired me :) Since I haven’t tried this as muffins I’m not sure I can guide you, but it might be worth experimenting, just remember to watch the cooking time.

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    May 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Hi, I made these for the first time. I was skeptical at first, to put zucchini in a brownie, but they turned out to be rather exceptional. You were right, I ate up half of it myself. Had added walnuts from top, added that extra crunch I like in brownies.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. Will follow your blog more avidly now.

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      July 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much Audreza ~ I love the idea of putting some walnuts on top :)

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    April 14, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Creo que he cometido un grave error. He traducido al español chips de chocolate como trocitos de chocolate, pero veo que no me ha subido y repasando las fotos de tu blog me parece que chips de chocolate son galletas de chocolate con trocitos ¿? es así? te refieres a galletas de chocolate troceadas?

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      April 14, 2017 at 7:22 am

      No Victoria, they are just regular chocolate chips in this cake ~ I hope you like it!

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    September 22, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Any idea on the number of calories, nutritional information and based on what serving size? Just so I have an idea..for those of us who are calorie counting.

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      November 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I added this recipe to my account and it automatically calculates based on the recipe and how many servings you state.
      If this is sliced in to 8 slices, it is roughly 653 calories per slice, making one loaf approximately 5224 calories.
      At least according to what gatheredtable calculated.
      Hope this helps!

      PS Getting ready to bake this for the first time tonight!

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    Rebecca H
    September 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I made this but added coconut and almonds so it was like an almond joy ? Great recipe, delicious. Thanks!

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      January 26, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Sounds grat. How much coconut and how much almonds. Whole slivered chopped. ????

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      July 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      OMG… that sounds amazing !
      I never thought to do that, but sure will do this next time…… thanks for telling us your alterations !!

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    Cathy Shockey
    September 4, 2016 at 3:53 am

    How do I pull up the recipe for Death by chocolate recipe?

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    August 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Mm mm mm mm looks soo good!
    Can I bake this recipe in 2 8″ cake pans or a bunt pan?

    Thank you!

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    August 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

    O.M.G.! Not only does this cake look amazing I started browsing other recipes and Wowzers! Everything looks soooo good. I’m so happy I found this site and can’t wait to try some recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    August 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Don’t make it, you will eat the entire loaf! Lpl

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      August 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      haha…truth :)

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    Vicki Bensinger
    August 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    OMG this looks so rich, moist and fudgey. I love zucchini bread but have never made chocolate zucchini bread. I’m looking forward to trying this!

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    August 17, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I made this a couple of weekends ago and I just wanted to tell you that it was nothing short of AH.MA.ZING!! The bread/cake part was so unbelievably silky and oh so moist and with the frosting… well, you knocked it out of the park! I’m giving this recipe 10 stars out of 5 because it’s that darn good!! To date this is the BEST recipe I’ve ever made from pintrest! Thanks and keep the delicious recipes flowing.

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      August 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

      This is so great to hear — I’m going to quote you the next time I post this on facebook :)))))

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        August 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        How sweet!! Wishing that your splendid recipe goes viral!! ;)

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      August 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Could u send me ,the instructions on how to make this cake. I can pull up the ingredients, but instructions won’t come up. TK

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    August 15, 2016 at 5:44 am

    my mouth doesn’t usually water from seeing chocolate desserts, but this is an exception! how delectable!

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    August 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Two loaves in the oven right now. First one showed I’m bad at following directions and I added an extra white instead of a yolk. Curious to see how they differ. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Melissa | Persnickety Plates
    August 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I’ve had this up on my screen at work for far too long – I wish I was at home making it. =) =)

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      August 12, 2016 at 8:59 am

      luckily it’s not hard to throw together at all, Melissa ;)

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    August 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I have a question on frosting this with the ganache. Yours looks so thick! Did you glaze it in the pan? If not, how is it so thick and not running down the sides of the bread? I need better instructions I guess. Help me out.

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      August 10, 2016 at 11:14 am

      The proportion of chocolate to cream is high in this one, Cj, and I do let it cool in the fridge until it’s spreadable. Then, I refrigerate the cake before cutting, and the ganache is very fudge-like. I just spread it on the cooled cake out of the pan, but put it back in the pan for photos. The ganache is thick enough that it doesn’t run down the sides of the cake.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Hello gorgeous! Does this bread count for dinner? ;) That ganache topping is everything!

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    August 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Chocolate zucchini bread covered in ganache – sign me up. No wonder this is called death by chocolate – I won’t be able to stop eating it, Sue. Delicious!

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    Stephanie Oliver
    August 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I just made this and am bringing it to my parents house to share. It seems too good not to. Can’t wait to try it. And, it was soooooo easy. Thanks for the beautiful recipe!

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      August 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks for the quick report Stephanie, hope your parents love it!

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    August 7, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I made this today and the recipe is awesome. I did tweak the recipe a bit:
    –reduced the sugar to 2/3 cup
    –used 2 whole eggs
    –I didn’t have choc chips so I melted about 2 Tbs hot fudge sauce and added it to the wet ingredients.

    I made 12 cupcakes and did not frost them but dusted with powdered sugar. This will become a favorite way to use up zucchini. Thanks!

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      August 7, 2016 at 7:43 am

      That’s great to know, Beth, thanks!

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        August 7, 2016 at 7:46 am

        I’ve eaten so many. It’s a vegetable serving, right??

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          August 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

          Absolutely :)

          • Beth
            August 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

            I made these again this morning and added some instant espresso to the batter. So. Very. Yummy!

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    August 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    It looks simply heavenly! I sooooooo with i could taste a huge slice….. :)

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      August 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      It’s rich, Winnie, I think you’d be happy with a small slice ;)

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    August 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This is to die for! Seriously, it looks so good Sue! I love the addition of cinnamon. YUM!

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      August 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

      I forgot to mention that, Zerrin, but the cinnamon really does come through in the taste and it’s such a nice touch. Hope you try this, it’s sooooo good :)

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    The Girl with the Quirky Voice
    August 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I just made this! I couldn’t wait for the frosting to cool properly because I was dying to try it. I also took a fork to it instead of plating a slice like a normal person. #noshame #idiedawonderfuldeath

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      August 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      You have to chill it and taste it then, too, because the frosting is to die for when it’s chilled…

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    August 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Hot yes! But today hold hope of a break and perhaps it’s good time for baking. GREG

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    August 6, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Why can’t I use 2 eggs instead of 1 egg and 1 egg yolk?

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      August 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Go for it! ;)

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      August 7, 2016 at 5:18 am

      I used two eggs and it worked just fine.

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    August 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    It’s crazy hot here but I’ll never have enough berries so I’m sad summer is coming to a close.
    Now this cake – OMG! I would not be able to control myself around this and would be going for seconds…and thirds….and…
    So moist and perfect looking!

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Oh my word, this is a chocolate lover’s delight for sure with a little green on the side. Looks amazing and a delightful way to use all that zucchini!

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    August 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I’m with you and the cooler temps. It is wayyyy hot and humid down here and I’m ready to cool off. I need to find a way to make these zucchini recipes gluten free, they just look way too yummy to pass up. I like zucchini any way you could make it, but this makes me want to reach through my screen and take a bite:-)

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      August 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

      My daughter has great luck with bars and breads like this using the Costco brand gluten free baking blend, Cathy.

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      December 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

      I use the Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour and Stevia so its gluten free and sugar free! Use canned sugar free frosting… not as good but diabetes makes the rules!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    August 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Oh my. This looks mouth wateringly good. In fact I’m drooling. This is one way to make chocolate healthy, right?

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      August 5, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Dark chocolate is already healthy as far as I’m concerned ;)

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    August 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Yes. This one’s in my immediate future. Between the zucchini coming from the garden and the constant craving for good chocolate, well it’s the perfect fix. Plus … you had me from that first teaser photo!

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      August 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Just made this … chilled it was great. Allowed to come back to room temp … even better. Man, oh man!

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    August 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

    This zucchini bread sounds wonderful. I wish I could afford to eat it… it would probably be the death of me! :-)

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    August 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

    This looks so incredibly moist and delicious, Good for any time of day!

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    August 5, 2016 at 7:31 am

    This looks amazing! Love the photos too!

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    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    August 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Now I’m hungry. :) All those layers of chocolate look just too yummy. I think even zucchini haters would want to get their hands on a few zucchini if they could make this bread!

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      August 5, 2016 at 7:27 am

      This is definitely one for zucchini haters!

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    August 5, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I am one of those people who cannot wait for summer to be over. So much fun to come towards the end of the year plus beautiful weather. I would be very sad to see the end of this bread though. All that chocolate – yum.

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      August 5, 2016 at 7:26 am

      I’m with you Christie, but I think we’re in the minority.

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      August 25, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      I’m with you on looking forward to summer ending! ?Kansas summers do me in … I take all the other seasons better . The best thing about summer for me is that the water warms up enough for swimming!

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    Brian Jones
    August 5, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Such an indulgent and rich looking texture, that icing looks wonderful too a proper sweet lovers dream!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 5, 2016 at 6:20 am

    That looks deadly tempting! And that thick layer of chocolate ganache is totally irresistible.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 5, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Oh yes!!! Now this is a great way to get the weekend started. I can only imagine how great this must be. That icing looks like silk. Sharing and pining!

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      August 5, 2016 at 7:25 am

      BETTER than any silk I ever tasted…;)

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