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Overhead view of Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 Slices 1x


This gorgeous gluten-free chocolate zucchini cake is made with almond flour and packed with chocolate flavor. It’s rich and decadent and 100% naturally sweetened! You’ll love the paleo chocolate frosting! 



For the Chocolate Zucchini Cake:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (softened but not melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini

For the Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (softened, but not melted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch salt


Make the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8×8″ or 9×9″ pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl or a food processor, combine cocoa powder, almond flour, arrowroot, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pulse or whisk to combine.
  4. Add coconut oil, eggs, milk, syrup, and vanilla. Pulse or whisk until well combined and smooth.
  5. Fold or stir in the zucchini shreds.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cake to cool while you mix up the frosting.

Make the Frosting:

  1. In a food processor (or a bowl with a hand mixer), combine cocoa powder, syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Pulse or mix until completely smooth.
  3. Spoon onto the cooled cake and spread with a spatula over the surface. If desired, garnish with shaved or chopped chocolate, mini chocolate chips, or sprinkles.
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American