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Individual Chocolate Espresso Cake…with Zucchini!

The last few weeks my recipes have been heavily influenced by my farm share, as it should be this time of year. Two of my most popular posts, chocolate dipped strawberry creamsicles and lavender marionberry mason jar pie have both been born from farm share goodies. So when I found zucchini in my crate this week, the wheels in my head started turning. I played around with different ideas all week and yesterday I went to work in the kitchen. The result: a moist, rich chocolate espresso cake.

Individual Chocolate Espresso Cake...with Zucchini!

This Recipe is :





  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 half pint mason jars or similar sized baking dish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil two half pint mason jars.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine wet ingredients (oil, sugar, molasses, flax egg, instant coffee, vanilla, and zucchini), stirring together until uniformly mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the dries (flour, baking soda and powder, and salt). Add dries to wet and mix together. Do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chip.
  4. Fill 1/2 pint jars between 2/3 and 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until knife comes out clean. Allow cake to cool at least 30 minutes before removing from jar.






Sarah is a classically trained pastry chef who has been vegan for 6 years. Her passion for food, art, photography, and sharing the good  news has led her to begin The Sweet Life, a vegan recipe and resource blog. She is also a new mom to a strong, healthy, vegan baby girl. Every day her daughter reminds her of why she chooses to be compassionate towards animals, the earth, and her community.



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One comment on “Individual Chocolate Espresso Cake…with Zucchini!”

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Debby Sunshine
3 Years Ago

Your use of your farm share zucchini was much more creative and enticing than mine (a basic ratatouille). Job well done! Can't wait to make it!


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