Semi-Homemade Chocolate Zucchini Cake from a Cake Mix

I rarely use cake mixes in recipes--but always have one or two flavors on hand for last minute needs.  My oldest daughter was notorious for needing a dessert the night before a school function!  Last weekend, I realized that a store brand, chocolate Devil’s food cake mix, hidden away in the pantry, was nearing its expiration date.  I also had some zucchini that wasn’t going to be used for healthy purposes before it passed its prime.  I decided that a chocolate zucchini cake was in order--but, the girls were having a sleepover and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on it.  It was time to take my favorite homemade Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe from an old family cookbook and make it into a Chocolate Zucchini Cake from a Cake Mix recipe! 
chocolate zucchini cake with fresh raspberries and chocolate sauce
 Ingredients for a Chocolate Zucchini Cake from a Cake Mix
1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix (mixed according to package instructions with eggs, water & oil as directed
2 c. Shredded Zucchini, with skin
½ c. Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (Optional)
½ c. Chopped Walnuts (Optional)
Chocolate Syrup or Hot Fudge Sauce, Fresh Berries, Powdered Sugar (Optional)

Instructions for a Chocolate Zucchini Cake from a Cake Mix

Prepare the cake pan and preheat the oven.  I always make this cake in a 13x9 inch glassbaking pan.  Grease the bottoms and sides lightly with vegetable shortening--or spray with butter flavored cooking spray--and lightly sprinkle the bottom with a dusting of flour.  Preheat oven according to the cake mix instructions.

Mix the cake batter.  Mix the store bought cake mix according to package instructions along with a teaspoon each of vanilla and cinnamon.  Blend in the shredded zucchini.  Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.

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Bake, cool and serve.  Bake the Chocolate Zucchini cake as directed by the cake mix box for the pan type you’ve chosen.  The zucchini makes this cake amazingly moist--even when made with generic store brand mixes!  Cool the cake pan or pans on a wire rack.  We serve this as a snack cake--unfrosted and dusted with powdered sugar and topped with berries and chocolate sauce as shown.  I have also made this semi-homemade recipe as buttercream frosted cupcakes as well.

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  1. I'm always looking for ways to get veggies in my small people. This sounds like a great way! Thanks for sharing at Food on Friday.



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