Lemon Zucchini Cake

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This Lemon Zucchini Cake is bright and full of flavor! Perfect for using up those garden zucchini in this recipe that’s great for dessert, breakfast or tea time!

This Lemon Zucchini Cake is bright and full of flavor! Perfect for using up those garden zucchini in this recipe that's great for dessert, breakfast or tea time!

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Prepare yourself. I have so many zucchini in my garden this year that I may have to make the month of August “zucchini recipe” month. No joke. It’s quite ridiculous. This is the first year I have a garden in my new house, and apparently it’s taken to the soil quite well. Between the rain and the extreme heat this month, everything is growing well!

So, if you are finding yourself with one zucchini, or a dozen, and they are that extra large variety (the kind that are small one day, and the next day you go out to pick and it’s larger than life), stay tuned, or check out my zucchini archives!

This Lemon Zucchini Cake is bright and full of flavor! Perfect for using up those garden zucchini in this recipe that's great for dessert, breakfast or tea time!

Today, we’re going to make a cake! And, because I’m obsessed with all things lemon, we’re going to make it a LEMON Zucchini Cake!

Adding the zucchini to this cake, not only gives you a little bit of veggies, but it gives so much moisture! And of course, you need to pour that gorgeous thick lemon glaze over the top. I guess it’s not really a glaze, more like a frosting at this point!

This Lemon Zucchini Cake is bright and full of flavor! Perfect for using up those garden zucchini in this recipe that's great for dessert, breakfast or tea time!

Don’t forget to spoon some of that extra frosting from the center of the cake over your slice. I mean, more frosting is always better!! ENJOY!

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Yield: serves 12

Lemon Zucchini Cake

Lemon Zucchini Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

This Lemon Zucchini Cake is bright and full of flavor! Perfect for using up those garden zucchini in this recipe that's great for dessert, breakfast or tea time!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest (about 1-2 large lemons worth)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 12 cup bundt pan (I love this one) with baking spray (or grease and flour the pan generously). Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. Add in lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract. Beat well.
  3. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat for 2-3 minutes. Fold in shredded zucchini.
  4. Pour into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 60 minutes. Remove and cool in pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate and cool completely before adding the frosting.
  5. For the frosting, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Add more or less juice for desired consistency. Pour evenly over the top of the cooled cake.
  6. For the garnish, in a small bowl combine the lemon zest with granulated sugar. Mix with your fingers until fully combined. Sprinkle over cake. Store cake at room temperature in a cake saver for up to 3 days. ENJOY!

LOVE Zucchini recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

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Zucchini Bundt Cake: this cinnamon packed cake is perfect with a cup of hot coffee!

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Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake: super moist and fudgy!

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Crunchy Streusel Zucchini Bread: this is my all-time favorite zucchini bread recipe!

If you love today’s Lemon Zucchini Cake recipe…then check out these zucchini recipes from my friends:

This Lemon Zucchini Cake is bright and full of flavor! Perfect for using up those garden zucchini in this recipe that's great for dessert, breakfast or tea time!
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26 comments on “Lemon Zucchini Cake”

  1. Mir

    Wow. I never even though to combine lemon and zucchini, but now my mind is officially blown. I’m thinking about how amazing those two would be together, and now I’m about to head for the kitchen and find out! This looks amazing. It’s time to zest!

  2. That looks so moist! And I’m in love with the lemon-zucchini flavor combination! This sounds fantastic!

  3. I didn’t do a CSA this year, but last time I did, I was inundated with zucchini, too. Cake is the PERFECT solution!

  4. This cake looks delicious, What a great way to use up some extra Zucchini!

  5. This cake looks fabulous! I love the idea of CSAs and I can’t wait to join one once I’m out of school 🙂

  6. You sound like me. I am going to be making zucchini recipes galore for the next month and probably giving all the neighbors baskets of them to. I don’t know what possessed me to plant 3 zucchini plants! First on the list is definitely this cake, it looks so good!

  7. Dear Aimee, this cake looks so light and moist. What a delicious dessert. I love baking with zucchini. The Facebook group sounds like a great resource too! Have a wonderful day.

  8. There’s no better way to attack the zucchini inundation than with cake in my opinion 🙂 Love the combination of lemon with it in this!

  9. This cake is kinda of awesome! I need some zucchinis! 

  10. I don’t have a garden this year, BUT I have been buying loads of zucchini from my farmer’s market! This cake is just calling my name. I love the addition of lemon in here! Sounds SO good!

  11. What a gorgeous, summery cake! I didn’t plant any zucchini this year but my in-laws did, so I’m putting the next one we get from them to good use — with extra lemon glaze, of course! 🙂

  12. This is the first year with a garden at our new house, too, and our zucchini is a little out of control! Definitely need to make this cake!

  13. Um yeah who woulnd’t spoon all that lemon glaze love. Lemon glaze is honestly in my top 3 frostings. So darn simple yet scrumptious. I have never baked with zucchini I need to change that! SO jelly of your garden! Wish I could stop by for a cuppa and a slice of this gorgeous cake! XO

  14. Sue Clinard

    This cake looks so moist, I can almost taste it through my screen …. lol. I want to ask you… can I use a different cake pan, as I do not have a bundt pan ??

  15. This cake looks so moist, I can almost taste it through my screen 

  16. Meghan

    Delicious! And I have so much zucchini I’ll be making another!

  17. Kathy Edwards

    I just made this cake. Not sure what happened – it didn’t rise correctly. The outside of the cake rose but the middle just kept sinking further and further into the pan. Not sure what made that happen.

  18. Ohh wow! what a lovely dish. The cake is looking so delicious. I will definitely try this recipe at home. And please keep sharing recipes like this.

  19. Jill C., Iowa

    Did you peel the zucchini first?

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