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Zucchini Cake

This zucchini cake recipe is an easy sheet cake recipe that has a sweet cream cheese frosting that everyone will love!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $9


For the cake:

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (248g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (220g) shredded zucchini


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups (226g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch rectangular cake pan.
  • You can also use nonstick baking spray (the kind with flour).
  • Whisk salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and flour in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk eggs until beaten, then whisk in oil, vanilla and both sugars. Whisk until combined, then add dry ingredients and stir with a sugars. Whisk until combined, then add dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Stir in zucchini.
  • Place batter in prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  • Let the cake completely cool before removing from the pan and frosting.
  • To make the frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture comes together, then add vanilla and salt. Beat until smooth, then stir in pecans.
  • Frost the top of the cake with the frosting.
  • Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.



  • If you notice your cake browning fast, you can lower the temperature to
    325°F as early as 20 minutes, and this may affect baking time a little. The cake
    does get quite brown because of the brown sugar and spices, but the pans you
    use and your oven can cause it too.
  • You can add up to 1 cup of chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) to the cake
    batter before placing in the pan. Or add chocolate chips or raisins, if you


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg