Need another recipe to use up that zucchini? Look no further: this brown sugar cinnamon zucchini cake is the one. Full of sweetness and flavor, this moist cake has a luscious cream cheese icing that pairs perfectly together so each bite is a delightful treat.
Well school is officially back in session. My boys went yesterday for their first day. Finn, my youngest, starts kindergarten this year and we went in yesterday to his classroom for an hour to get him familiar with his room and teacher. So today is his first official day at kindergarten. Hard to believe my baby is in school! We were baking together the other day, making this cake and I thought it would be a great after-school snack kinda cake. It didn’t last the weekend though. I do, however, have some more zucchini so perhaps I’ll make it again for that after-school snack idea.
I used Golden Barrel dark brown sugar for this cake, so it’s a bit darker than typical. But because I used dark brown sugar, it has more of that sweet brown sugar taste to it plus cinnamon, which is a classic combination. Add the zucchini to it, and you’ve got yourself a sweet, moist, dare-I-say healthy(?) treat that everyone is sure to love. Maybe healthy is a stretch, but hey, whenever you can sneak in a veggie here or there, I consider that a win. 😉
The cream cheese icing can and should be made to taste. Start with 2 cups of powdered sugar and go from there. If you like your icing sweet, add some more sugar to it. I used 3 cups in mine but wished I had started smaller. Before I realized it, I had dumped in all the sugar and couldn’t go back. Oh well. My guys didn’t mind. 🙂 But I’ll know for next time.
Some of the perks of helping Mom bake is you get first dibs on testing it out. Good thing I have lots of willing taste-testers here at my house. This is Finn, my big kindergartener.
So give this cake a try! It’s the perfect after-school snack, dessert, or even serve it as a sweet breakfast treat. It’s a great way to balance a little veggie with your sweet tooth!
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.