Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. Audrey Hepburn

Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake

A few days ago I shared a picture on my Facebook page of a chocolate cake I was trying out that had pears, bananas and zucchini. It was a total spur of the moment experiment that I was expecting to fail horribly at. This Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake is incredible, with a capital I. I was so happy with the way it came out, I just had to share the recipe.

Pear & Zucchini Chocolate CakeThis cake idea stemmed from Little Mirchi’s new found love of chocolate and a mom (Me!) hoping to make a somewhat of a healthy chocolate cake. I’d seen chocolate cake recipes that call for zucchini, bananas or even apple sauce, but never all three together. Since I didn’t have apple sauce I figured I would use the pears we had at home instead. I had just pulled it out of the oven when The Husband came home and insisted on trying it warm. He had no idea what what in the cake (he just figured it was a chocolate cake). Literally the first words out of his mouth were, Wow, it’s so chocolatey (yeeeaaaasss). SUCCESS!

Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Pear & Zucchini Chocolate CakeThis Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake is literally melt in your mouth good. It’s soft, spongy and packs a powerful chocolate punch. The zucchini is undetectable and there are slight hints of pear and banana throughout. I could not believe how rich this cake was, especially given the fact there’s no butter and a limited amount of sugar. This cake does not disappoint.

Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake
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This Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake is a rich chocolate cake that is soft and spongy. The zucchini is undetectable with hints of pear and banana throughout.
Recipe type: Desserts
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 pears, peeled
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1 zucchini, peeled
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 cake pan. Blend together the pear (seeds removed), banana, zucchini and milk, until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, coffee powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the reserved puree, egg, vegetable oil and the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter in a greased 8x8 cake pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.


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8 thoughts on “Pear & Zucchini Chocolate Cake

  1. Can you please approx let me know how many cups the banana zucchini and pears after grinding should be.
    The cake tasted great…. But a bit (too) moist, after I increased my baking time to about 35 mins


    1. Hi Bhavna, I got approx. 2 cups from my pureed mixture. My cake was moist as well (almost a mix between a brownie and cake). If you are going for a less moist cake try and cut back on the puree.

  2. My only fear if I make this is that I’m going to eat the entire batch in the ensuing 24 hours. Looks so good!

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