Cinnamon Zucchini Coffee Cake

Yes, Cinnamon Zucchini Coffee Cake!  All the flavors of fall….think lots of cinnamon…..and a tasty way to use that zucchini!  Zucchini and I are having a love/hate relationship lately.  Since our “let’s just see what happens garden” has turned into a “if my husband brings in one more zucchini or tomato I’m going to scream” garden, I’ve been on the hunt to get creative with all this produce.  And here’s the thing….I didn’t used to be a zucchini lover.  Wow, has that changed this summer!

Cinnamon Zucchini Coffee Cake-tastes just like apples, and a great way to use up some zucchini!

In the hunt for a recipe to share at my parents’ house over the weekend, I came across this Cinnamon Zucchini Coffee Cake from Crazy for Crust.   Loved it!  Seriously, the zucchini end up looking like apple chunks, since you cook them down a bit first in some sugar and lemon juice on the stove.  It is SO good!  Everyone at my parents’ house thought it was an apple cake!  And, it isn’t too bad for you health wise-it uses olive oil instead of vegetable oil or butter.  AND, I’m wondering if I could substitute the oil with applesauce or pumpkin pureee….hmmmmm….I’ll have to try and see what happens.

Cinnamon Zucchini Coffee Cake {from Crazy for Crust}


2 cups seeded, diced and peeled zucchini

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon


1.  Heat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.

2.  In a small pan, over medium heat, begin cooking the 2 cups zucchini, lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon.  Allow this to cook until the zucchini appears opaque and everything is well coated in the cinnamon/sugar/lemon juice, about 10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.


3.  While the zucchini/sugar mixture is cooling, add the sugar, olive oil, egg, and milk to your stand mixer.  Using the paddle attachment, mix these on low until combined.  Then, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Mix until just moistened.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with the cooked zucchini mixture.


5.  Mix up your topping:  1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 Tablespoons olive oil.  Crumble over the top of your zucchini.

6.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.

This Cinnamon Zucchini Coffee Cake is wonderful served warm!  It’ll be the perfect addition to your fall breakfast menu.






  1. am I supposed to pour the liquid from the zucchini onto the top of the cake too? Then the crumbled topping will soak into that too? So there isn’t really a crumb topping?

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