Whole Wheat Apple Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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hand adding frosting to an apple zucchini cake

Whole wheat apple zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting. A delicious cake filled with apples and zucchini. Plus, it’s sweetened with fruit and high in fiber. What could be better?!

hand adding frosting to an apple zucchini cake

Who else is excited for fall and all the cozy recipes to come? I sure am! I said it many times before, but fall is by far my favorite season and I’m so happy to be entering the colder, cozier months. Summer was great and all, but I can’t stand the heat (and the smoke we had this particular summer). Anything over 25°C and all I want to do is stay inside in the air conditioning or spend my day in a pool. Anyone else like that?

I know I’m a bit strange, but to me, perfect weather means you can comfortably wear pants and long sleeves. I’m all about being cozy, in a sweater, holding a cup of coffee without sweating.

If there’s one thing I miss from living in Saint John, it’s the temperature. A hot summer day meant 20°C, which was perfect to me. So yes, this year, I’m especially excited for fall.

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shredded zucchini in a measuring cup

Now, I want to know: What do you want to see on the blog over the next few months? Any recipes you’d like to see healthified? Any fall, Thanksgiving or Halloween recipes you’d like? Please let me know in the comments! I would really love your feedback to make sure I give you what you want!

In the meantime, I’m sharing this apple zucchini cake I made in partnership with Stokes Stores. Trust me, it’s a good one! The cake itself is sweetened with dates and apples and is made using whole wheat flour for added fiber. I also added in some zucchini, because why not? They’re in season right now and they add moisture and nutrients.

While the recipe is sweetened with fruits, there is no need for a food processor in this recipe (other than the frosting, which is optional and has an option without a food processor). The apples and dates are cooked in a saucepan, then mashed into a sort of applesauce, which acts as a sweetener.

As for the frosting, you have the option to sweeten it with dates or maple syrup. If making it with maple syrup, you can use a stand-up mixer or a food processor. If using dates, you will need the food processor or a strong blender. I will warn you that the frosting is not overly sweet. We love it as it is, but if you have a sweet tooth, I do recommend tasting it, then adding maple syrup to taste.

Another option is to omit the frosting completely and serve it as a snack or to top your slice with butter/margarine or nut/seed butter. Those options are just as good and a little lighter.

Finally, I don’t have a gluten-free or vegan version of this cake yet. Let me know if you try a version that works!

That’s it. You can decorate the cake however you’d like – I just kept it simple. I hope you’ll like it!

apple zucchini cake on a cake stand
slice of apple zucchini cake

Whole Wheat Apple Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This post is sponsored by Stokes Stores.

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8 responses to “Whole Wheat Apple Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Emily Avatar

    This cake was sooooooo good. Made it tonight, and the guests couldn’t believe there was no added sugar.
    Will definitely be making it again!

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Emily, thank you so much for the feedback! I’m so happy you and your guests loved it. Happy Holidays!

  2. Danica Avatar

    This was scrumptious! I made it and could not believe that it had absolutely no added sugar!

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      Thank you so much! I’m happy you loved it. 🙂

  3. Danica Talbot Avatar
    Danica Talbot

    Could you PLEASE make more of these types of recipes?!?! They are AMAZING!! Fruits, veggies, whole grains, no added sugar all in one, yes!! I make this recipe all the time and would absolutely LOVE if you made another one. It doesn’t have to be cake though..anything works for me..;)

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      Thank you for the feedback! I’m so happy you liked it. I’ll definitely make more. You can also check out my date-sweetened carrot muffins, pumpkin bread and zucchini cookies. They also fit all of those criteria. 😉 I hope you’ll like them!

  4. VIbha Avatar

    Wow! I am so impressed by how this cake turned out! I baked this yesterday would like to dress it up for my daughter’s 1st birthday on Friday as her smash cake! Do you think this cake will last until then? How should I store it in the fridge?


    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      Hi! I’m so happy you like it! I love the idea of using it for a smash cake! I would wrap it very tightly using a plastic wrap and even store it in an airtight container or bag on top of that. I typically encourage eating prepared foods within 4 days for freshness and also safety. I would maybe store it in the freezer and thaw it overnight the day before. I hope that helps!

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