Skip to Content

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake is also gluten-free. It’s moist, chocolatey, and delicious. This can be decorated simply or not at all. A simple moon design is made with a dusting of powdered sugar on the top with a sprinkle of edible stars all around.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake
Moon and stars.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake with a Full Moon!

I’ve always noted the moon phases. The full moon is my favorite. I’m a Cancer, born during a full moon and eclipse so the moon is definitely my celestial body. I always try to note at least the full moon and doing so with some sweet treats is always nice. Like with these Lavender Orange Moon Cookies.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake
A bit of shredded zucchini adds moisture and some hidden vegetables!

You can find the current moon phase on this website.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake is Simple to Make

This cake is super simple to make. I’ve added some shredded zucchini because I had it and it makes the cake moist and also adds in some hidden veggies!

Just a touch of blue food coloring.

I added some blue food coloring. I wanted something other than the color of just dark chocolate and more of a night sky background color. That said, the warm brown of dark chocolate would have been just as nice.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake

The batter looks a little green with the blue added because of the yellow tones of the brown chocolate. The final color after baking ended up being a very dark, cool brown. The shredded zucchini will bake and become undetectable in the final result.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake

I used store-bought, vegan, dark chocolate frosting and added some blue food coloring to it as well as a touch of black. Again, it looks a little green here when I was putting it together but then it wasn’t actually green when I was done. I purposely left the frosting a little streaky. YMMV on the coloring part. Leave out food coloring if you’re uncomfortable with uncertainty! And add just black if you’d like darker chocolate color with no risk of it having any hint of green.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake
Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake

A full moon design is super simple and is done by sifting just a light dusting of powdered sugar through a cutout circle stencil.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake

I sprinkled on some edible silver stars, as well.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Full Moon Cake

Yummy, moist, and delicious.

Yield: 12 servings

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake GF

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake GF

Vegan Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake is plant-based and gluten-free. It's moist, chocolatey, and delicious. A simple moon design is made dusting of powdered sugar on the top with a sprinkle of stars all around.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Just Egg liquid OR 1 tablespoon finely ground flax and 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • a few drop blue and black food color, if desired
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Mix)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Frosting

  • Duncan Hines Creamy Dark Chocolate Frosting

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    Grease and flour 3 six-inch or 2 eight-inch cake pans.
    Cream together the wet ingredients.
    Sift together the dry ingredients and then mix them into the wet ingredients. Beat the mixture with a hand or stand mixture or by hand with a wooden spoon for about a minute, until everything is mixed and evenly distributed.
    Divide evenly between the cake pans.
    Bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 to 40 minutes, until the center has firmed.
    Let cool completely before frosting.
    Stir in a bit of blue and black food color into store-bought frosting. Then frost the cake layers and then the top and sides.
    If you'd like a powdered full moon on the top, cut an appropriately sized circle in a piece of paper. A 6-inch cake would use an approximately 4" circle and an 8-inch cake approximately 6 inches.
    Place the stencil on the top of the frosted cake and sift a light covering of powdered sugar onto the cake. Gently lift the stencil when done.
      0 0 votes
      Article Rating
      Subscribe
      Notify of
      guest
      2 Comments
      Newest
      Oldest Most Voted
      Inline Feedbacks
      View all comments
      Ruchama B
      Ruchama B
      1 month ago

      Looks interesting. I assume I can use regular all-purpose flour if I don’t need gluten free. Is that correct? Also you list prep time and caking time, but when you posted total time, you only included the prep time (15 minutes) Obviously you need to include the baking time. Since the cook needs to let the cake cool for a while, before frosting, it would help to add an estimated cooling time as well.

      Skip to Recipe
      2
      0
      Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
      ()
      x