Chocolate Deception Cake Recipe - The Daring Gourmet (2024)

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A healthy chocolate zucchini bread recipe that is anything BUT healthy looking or tasting! This chocolate cake with its luscious chocolate honey glaze is so rich, moist, tender, and finger-licking delicious and decadent that no one will ever guess it’s 100% whole grain, made with honey and coconut oil, and packs in 2 cups of shredded zucchini!

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As you hand your child something healthy to eat, they ask “What is thiiiiiis??” “Honey, it’s good, it’s really, really yummy,” you say as reassuringly as you can. Your child takes a long, scrutinizing look at it, makes a face and holds it out to you with an emphatic, “I don’t want it!” Does this conversation sound at all familiar?

None of us want to lie to our children (“No, that’s not zucchini, it’s…it’s…”). So we try to cleverly camouflage healthy foods by slipping them into smoothies, grinding them up in meats, stuffing them between the fork tines (well, maybe not the last one), hoping they won’t notice it in the first place. Sweet deception.

And I have got the perfect sweet deception for you! Let me ask you, if you showed this cake to your kids, would they turn it down? No way, they’d probably be anxious to dive in. Now come closer so I can whisper in your ear…..this cake is the ULTIMATE DECEPTION. That’s right, it’s 100% whole wheat, made with honey and buttermilk, and has 2 whole cups of zucchini in it? I created this on a whim several years ago after my kids were in bed, envisioning a healthily deceptive treat I could offer them the next day. The end result was luscious and decadent so I decided to call it Chocolate Deception Cake.

So whether you’re trying to feed your kids healthier treats or eat healthier yourself, this cake is for you. A rich, moist, finger-licking dark chocolate decadent cake oozing with a drippy chocolate honey glaze!

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Chocolate Deception Cake Recipe

Let’s get started on this yummy-licious, decadent, and healthy chocolate zucchini bread!

Using your hands, squeeze as much liquid out of the squash as you can. This will leave you with about 1 cup of densely packed squash. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, add the sugar, eggs and honey, and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the oil, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder and beat until combined. Add the buttermilk and beat for another 30 seconds.

Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the squash until the strands are separated and combined with the batter. Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter and gently fold it in, just until combined. Be careful not to stir too much.

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Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. I used Fat Daddio’s pan for this – great pans!

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Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and setting it on the wire rack to cool completely.

To make the chocolate honey glaze: Bring the honey and waterto a gentle boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat and add the chocolate and let it sit until melted. Stir the mixture until combined. Add the sugar and stir until thoroughly combined and smooth. Once the loaf is fully cooled, poke some small holes across the top to allow the glaze to seep in, and pour the glaze over the entire top of the loaf, allowing it to run down the sides. Let the loaf stand for at least 20 minutes before serving. Note: The glaze will remain soft. Store in a cake saver.

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Enjoy!

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For more delicious and healthier baked goodies be sure to try our:

  • Mega Healthy Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Streusel Muffins
  • Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins
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  • Whole Grain Molasses Cookies
  • Whole Grain Almond Fruit Bars

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Chocolate Deception Cake

Kimberly Killebrew

This deceptively decadent chocolate zucchini bread is made with 100% whole wheat flour, honey, buttermilk, coconut oil, and 2 whole cups of zucchini. Dig in...without as much guilt!

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5 from 48 votes

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 45 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr

Course Dessert

Cuisine All

Servings 10

Calories 436 kcal

Ingredients

  • For the Loaf:
  • 2 cups grated zucchini or yellow squash , leave the peel on and use the small holes of the grater. Thoroughly squeeze the liquid out with your hands, you will be left with about 1 tightly packed cup. (Note: I used yellow squash in the loaf featured in the pictures. Your kids won't be able to detect a single trace of it!)
  • 2 cups whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • or brown sugar alternative
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the Chocolate Honey Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate , chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
  • or confectioner's sugar alternative

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

  • Using your hands, squeeze as much liquid out of the squash as you can. This will leave you with about 1 cup of densely packed zucchini. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, add the sugar, eggs, and honey and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the oil, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder and beat until combined. Add the buttermilk and beat for another 30 seconds.

    Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the squash until the strands are separated and combined with the batter. Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter and gently fold it in, just until combined. Be careful not to stir too much. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and setting it on the wire rack to cool completely.

  • To make the chocolate honey glaze: Bring the honey and water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat and add the chocolate and let it sit until melted. Stir the mixture until combined. Add the sugar and stir until thoroughly combined and smooth. Once the loaf is fully cooled, poke some small holes across the top to allow the glaze to seep in, and pour the glaze over the entire top of the loaf, allowing it to run down the sides. Let the loaf stand for at least 20 minutes before serving. Note: The glaze will remain soft.

    Store in a cake saver where it will keep for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg

Keyword Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet January 18, 2013

Chocolate Deception Cake Recipe - The Daring Gourmet (2024)

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