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Summertime, and the baking is easy.

Zucchini bread is one of summer’s great joys. This dump cake zucchini bread recipe is moist, delicious, and super easy. Here’s your favorite zucchini dessert recipe, ever.

One-Step Zucchini Cake: Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Bread, Easy “Dump Cake” Style

I have several pet peeves. One is anything with “dump” in the name. It is inherently a little . . . unappetizing, no? Yet a whole category of cakes are called “dump cakes.” Unlike cakes requiring creaming butter and sugar, folding meringues, melting chocolate, or any other steps, dump cakes have two steps only: Dump all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir.

This zucchini bread dessert recipe falls into the “dump cake” category. It may not sound pretty, but it does summarize this sweet, seasonal quick bread’s ease.

One-Step Zucchini Cake: Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

All About This Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini bread is summer’s version of banana bread. Zucchini seems everywhere in July and August, taking over farmers market tables, supermarket produce shelves, gardens, restaurant menus, and food websites alike.

I love when vegetables can be dessert. For reasons I cannot explain, zucchini tastes wonderful as a cake. A good zucchini bread is moist, flavorful, and gently spicy from cinnamon and nutmeg.

This dump-it zucchini cake recipe accomplishes all of that, and in the easiest method possible.

One-Step Zucchini Cake: Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

“Dump-It” Zucchini Bread: Recipe Notes

  • Use the large grate on the vegetable grater.
  • No need to wring out the moisture. It is part of the recipe.
  • How do you know when to turn the cake out of the loaf pan? When the cake is done, place it on a cooling rack and wait about 20 to 30 minutes, until the pan feels slightly warm to the touch, but not hot. Run a small offset spatula around the edges before turning it over to release.
  • This recipe calls for one loaf pan, but it can also be baked in a 9″ round pan, or divided into two 6 or 8″ cake pans. The baking time will be significantly less.

slice of zucchini dump cake on wood board

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One-Step Zucchini Cake: Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

One-Step Zucchini Cake: Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

Easy Zucchini Bread Dump Cake

Zucchini bread in only one step? We call it summer's greatest cake. Here's a moist, spiced zucchini quick bread recipe that anyone can make, and everyone will adore.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords:: apple cake, dessert, dump cake, easy, quick bread, zucchini, zucchini bread
Servings: 1 9 x 5" loaf cake
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated zucchini, from 1 large or 2 smaller zucchini
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup canola or other neutral oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease or line a 9x5" loaf pan or cake pans of choice.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir by hand until well mixed. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined.
  • Pour batter into the loaf or cake pans, and bake until the cake feels firm on top and a cake tester comes out clean, about 1 hour for a loaf cake; less if divided into two cake pans. Cool in the pan for 20 to 30 minutes, then turn out onto a cooking rack to cool fully.

35 comments

  • Kathryn

    5 stars
    Love this bread!
    Would this work using a mini muffin pan?

    • Unpeeled

      Hi, Kathryn! Yes. You could definitely do that. It will bake for a shorter amount of time, of course, but that will definitely work! I hope you enjoy.

  • Dana Ward

    The easiest way to distribute the spices or leavening agents is to mix with wet ingredients before adding flour. This works with cakes too and makes many recipes work as one-bowl recipes! You could also use a food processor for this recipe. Grate the zucchini in the processor and keep adding ingredients. Just make sure your food processor is big enough and be careful not to over mix. Pulses work well.

  • Laurie Eaton

    5 stars
    Where is the frosting recipe??

  • Brie Tascione

    5 stars
    I love this bread recipe Lisa! So moist and delicious— and the best part, EASY! I made cream cheese frosting to go with it like the picture and it gave it a carrot cake feel. So yummy! Thanks for another great, foolproof recipe!

    • Unpeeled

      Hi, Brie! Thanks so much for making this and for the nice comment! Glad you enjoyed and hope you’re all having a nice summer.

  • You show this with a frosting but it’s not included in the ingredients/directions.
    Is it one that’s on your site for another recipe? I’d like to make it with the frosting.

    • Unpeeled

      Sorry for the late response on this! I like to use a standard vanilla frosting recipe. For icing the top of a simple loaf cake like this, you will just need about a 1/4 recipe of this: https://unpeeledjournal.com/vanilla-buttercream-frosting-recipe/ . If you’re doing it as a layer cake, with the layers and sides frosted, make the full recipe.

      I hope you enjoy, and I will add a frosting link within the recipe. I appreciate your note, and thanks.

  • I have not yet made this. What kind of icing/topping are you showing on it in your picture? You don’t mention suggestions anywhere for those who choose to add a topping.

  • Can i add blueberries?

  • Yummy, great recipe, love it! However my son pointed out that “one step” isn’t the best description (there are three) and was confused by it. I had to explain it to him; he is new to baking so I’ve been giving him easier recipes to start out with including this one. One bowl would be more accurate.

    • Unpeeled

      Good call! So glad you enjoyed it. Please tell your son that he is absolutely right — now that I think of it, grating is one step, mixing is one step, and baking another.

  • Marie Taylor

    5 stars
    This is the second time this week, that I have made this cake. It has turned out excellent each time and is a great way to use up those pesky zucchinis. Even my husband who is not a fan of this type of veg, went back for seconds. I made it exactly as you said the first time, but the second time I put all of the dry together and whisked that first and then dumped it in. That way the spices were evenly distributed. Either way, it’s delish!!..

    • Unpeeled

      Yea!! I am so glad you’re enjoying the recipe. I think of this cake as a great way to eat zucchini when you don’t want to eat zucchini 😉 Good call stirring the dry together for distribution.

  • Matilda Gage

    I thought “dump cake” is made by dumping a store bought filling into a pan, then dry cake mix on top, and drizzling it with oil. This recipe has a lot of ingredients you have to mix, pretty much a standard zucchini bread recipe.

    • Unpeeled

      Hello and you are not wrong. Dump cake can have a couple meanings. One is yours. Another is just the idea that you can dump the ingredients together and stir, as opposed to a standard cake method of creaming the butter and sugar, then adding eggs and vanilla, then adding the dry ingredients…and so on. (Your way sounds even easier than mine!) Thanks so much for writing.

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