Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


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Soft zucchini cake frosted with a rich, tangy cream cheese frosting – the best way to eat zucchini this summer!

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Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you have a garden, you probably have too much zucchini. Even if you didn’t plant it yourself. Overzealous gardening friends and neighbors have been known to leave bags of this prolific vegetable on your doorstep.

They push it into your arms in the church parking lot and Little League games. Don’t leave your car unlocked or you might find a dozen zucchini on the passenger seat. No place is safe at the height of zucchini season. Worst of all nobody’s kids like it. Mine don’t.

That said, zucchini is a versatile vegetable that can up the nutritional status of lots of tasty recipes from quick breads to cakes. And it’s this zucchini cake recipe with its creamy sweet frosting that has converted my zucchini haters into fans.

To be precise, the formerly anti-zucchini members of my household are zucchini fans now when it is baked into this cake, Classic Easy Zucchini Bread, or Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

Zucchini Cake Recipe

For most zucchini based cakes, muffins and quick bread recipes, you’ll need to shred zucchini. This can be done by hand with a cheese grater or you can use a food processor with the grating blade attached.

Grated zucchini can be frozen in batches, but just make sure you drain the thawed zucchini well when you use it. Otherwise, it will add too much liquid to the recipe.

This recipe makes an 8×8 cake, but I usually double it to fit a 9×13 pan. Believe it or not, the cake disappears surprisingly fast. I think the cream cheese frosting helps a lot. It compliments the cake so well.

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting just might have you begging your neighbors for more zucchini. Or you might even plant some yourself. Also try my scrumptious Classic Easy Zucchini Bread.

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. An easy, moist cinnamon zucchini cake is spread with a cream cheese frosting. It is perfect sweet treat or dessert for a potluck, picnic or BBQ

Summertime Baking Recipes

Baking is a fun way to use up all the fresh, in season produce during the summer. If you’re extra ambitious, you can even make extra and freeze some cakes, muffins or quick breads to enjoy in depths of winter. Try some of these fun summer time recipes:

Pineapple Zucchini Bread from Recipe Girl

Lemon Zucchini Bread from Barbara Bakes

Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Blackberry Crumb Bars

Fruit Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Cream Cheese Frosted Zucchini Cake

Soft zucchini cake frosted with a rich, tangy cream cheese frosting – the best way to eat zucchini this summer!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 pieces


For the Cake

  • 1 cup zucchini shredded
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the Frosting

  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the zucchini, sugar, oil and eggs. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl.
  • Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Spread the batter into the greased baking pan. Bake at 350 F. for 28-32 minutes. Let cool completeley.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Spread onto cool cake.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled for a 9 x 13 inch pan.


Serving: 1piece · Calories: 312kcal · Carbohydrates: 38g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g · Cholesterol: 51mg · Sodium: 202mg · Sugar: 35g
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  1. Theresa says

    This was a great recipe to use up a bit of zucchini. Lots of great flavor, cream cheese frosting was perfect on this cake. Makes a small enough cake for the 2 of us, or enough to share for 4 people. It’s a keeper recipe!

  2. Theresa says

    Great recipe to use up some zucchini! Easy to make, tastes great, and perfect for 2 people, or to share with 4. The cream cheese frosting is perfect on this cake. This recipe is a keeper for late summer when everyone has too much zucchini.

  3. Sherrie says

    Love the cream cheese frosting! I already had made zucchini bread from another site’s recipe and I just needed the cream cheese frosting. So happy with this. I don’t think I’ve ever had a frosting come out so well. I’m going to try your zucchini cake recipe next time because I only used one egg from the recipe I followed and it didn’t rise so well.

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