Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting the ultimate dessert recipe!
Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It's the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It’s the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

So I just had an interesting day.

Today, Thursday I was on my way to Comanche, Tx to tour a dairy farm. (which I am super pumped to tell you about) Comanche, Tx from where I live is about 4 1/2 hours away.  To be honest, I was kinda excited to be in the car by myself for 4 1/2 hours. Silence. Open road. Listening to the music I want to listen to. Nobody talking. It will be great!

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It's the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

And you know what, it was, for about 3 1/2 hours… then I started noticing this red light flashing on my dash that kinda looked like an oil can. At that point I couldn’t pull out the manual to find out what the light meant. I was going 70 mph on a back country farm road in the middle of no where. So instead I took a picture and called my husband to see if he could find out what it meant and if it was something to be concerned about.

He looked it up and said it might be either that my oil is low/almost gone or that a sensor is broken and sending the wrong signal. But the only way to find that out is to check the oil. The strange thing is, I literally just had my oil checked less than a month ago. He had me call our friend who is a mechanic to walk through what I was seeing. As soon as I talked to our friend I told him that the light was no longer blinking, but that it was now permanently on. He immediately told me that I needed to pull over because with the light permanently on it means that the oil is so low that it could make the engine explode!!!!! What!?!?


Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It's the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

So needless to say I pulled over right away. In the middle of nowhere. Literally farm fields on both sides, nothing in front or behind me. I was freaking out…. 16 weeks pregnant, outside in 90+ degree heat, and by myself!

I carefully listened to our friend as he walked me through how to check my oil. As I checked it a second time I saw a man walking up from behind my car… he seemed friendly and calm (as in … not shady) and then asked if I needed help. I told him what my mechanic suspected, so he checked my oil and verified there was no more oil in the car. And then he confirmed that I was also leaking oil. He told me it was not safe to start my car and said that he could drive to the nearest town, pick up a tow cable to tow me back into town. Such a nice guy and I am so relieved that there are still kind souls out there!

At this point I was 30 miles from my final destination and now officially out of a car. Luckily we have AAA (or triple A) so I called them and had them tow my car back to Houston to the mechanic we trust. They cover up to 200 miles free on towing which is amazing. Then the PR contact for the farm trip I was going on came to pick me up.

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It's the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

To say it was tough day is an understatement. I sat in a Farm and Feed Supply Store in the middle of nowhere for about an hour… but I was glorious because I could go to the bathroom, sit in the AC, and drink an ice cold water.

Later that night I devoured a filet mignon and sat down in bed to watch Scandal (my new addiction) on my iphone. It was fantastic.

Now if I just had this moist delicious Zucchini Cake in front of me, it would make all the stress I had earlier that day go away.

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It's the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

So this cake. It’s basically the best way to use up that zucchini your probably overwhelmed with right now. It’s light, healthy, crazy moist and flippin delicious.

Plus anything topped with a light cream cheese frosting is well.. a must it!

The only thing I wished I changed about this recipe is making it in a larger pan!

Bon Appetit ya’ll!

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It's the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!

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Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Krista @ JoyfulHealthyEats.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 16 slices
  • Category: Dessert, Kid Friendly,

Description

Moist Healthy Zucchini Cake made with applesauce and honey then topped with a light Cream Cheese Frosting! It’s the ultimate dessert recipe or late night sweet treat!


Ingredients

Zucchini Cake:

  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup grated zucchini (about 1½ zucchinis)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 teaspoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9×9 baking dish by greasing the bottom and sides (you can grease with coconut oil, butter, or PAM cooking spray) Lightly dust with flour and shake out excess flour.
  3. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Whisk together.
  4. In a large bowl, add honey, unsweetened applesauce, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until smooth.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until everything is combined.
  6. Fold in the zucchini.
  7. Add the batter to prepared 9×9 baking dish.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and let completely cool.
  10. In the meantime, add cream cheese, plain greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to a small bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend until smooth.
  11. Gently spread the cream cheese frosting on the zucchini cake once cooled. Top with chopped pecans and serve!

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22 Responses
  1. Carol

    Thank you already for a delicious recipe tIhat will likely make today. I am looking forward to tasting the frosting that does not have powdered sugar.

  2. Jen

    Wow, that truly was an adventure!! Glad it all worked out but I can totally understand your initial panic.

    Thank you for this recipe too…..I do have some leftover zucchini I need to do something with and this looks perfect!

  3. Cordelia

    I felt like I was holding my breath while reading your experience!! I am so thankful you had someone safe help you. It’s one of those times I say, “Thank You, Lord!” I live in the country – where there are many cornfields but usually houses and farms around the corner. 🙂 Thank you for this recipe; I am so eager to try it – especially the frosting. I really appreciate your recipes!

    1. hahah I know right. Not eventful at all. Central texas people are legit… I had like 4 men stop and ask me if I “needed any help mam'” Chivalry is still alive! 🙂

  4. Reading about such kind people like this man who helped you with your care restores my faith in humanity–given the current events that we’ve been dealing with. Anyways, I can imagine how stressful it is to fear for a car’s life! I had a similar fiasco where my car was filled with diesel instead of gasoline, and the engine has been failing consistently. I pray for it everyday!
    I bet this cake would wash all your fears away, though. It would do the same for me! The frosting and fluffiness of each slice are incredible! Zucchini cake is one of my favorite desserts of all time!

    1. Amen to that. Definitely restored my hope and view of humanity! I wasn’t sure what was going to happen! Hope you car gets better too! Car troubles are no fun!

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