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Iced Lime Zucchini Cake

Servings 12


  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime about 1 tsp
  • 2 cups zucchini shredded, measured, and then squeezed
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or flour of your choice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Icing
  • 8 oz Neufchantel cheese or cream cheese
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice fresh
  • zest of 1 lime about 1 tsp


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine first 7 ingredients - oil through lime zest. Using a whisk, mix thoroughly. Add the squeezed zucchini, mix with a mixing spoon and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine next 4 ingredients - flour through salt. Mix.
  • Add the zucchini mixture to the flour and stir until combined.
  • Pour into prepared 9x13 inch pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Note: this cake doesn't get very brown. Check it before you overcook it!
  • While the cake is baking, combine 4 icing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. This will take some muscles - or let your cheese come to room temperature first. Wait and frost once the cake has cooled.


Athletes: Train. Eat cake. Repeat.
Healthy Eating: No life worth living is void of desserts. My mission is to make fabulous tasting desserts that just happen to pack some decent nutrition too.
Kids: Kid tested. Mother approved.
Other Thoughts:
  • My grandma's zucchini cake recipe uses 4 times this much sugar just in the cake. Plus the 1/2# of butter and additional 2 cups of sugar in the frosting. Make no mistakes - this is a healthified twist of the classic. If you want grandma's cake, go make grandma's cake!
  • I'm certainly not the sugar police - I know some like a sweet, sweet icing. This is not that icing. Add more sugar at your own discretion.
  • For my cake purists out there or for those who don't care for icing (you might be an alien) the cake is good without. I would suggest increasing the lime juice and zest in the cake because the icing brings a LOT of the lime flavor.