The Market Cake


The Market Cake

The Market Cake
40 Min

Our inspiration for this zucchini cake, topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting, comes from a popular Denver bakery, known simply as, "The Market." We think The Market Cake is perfect for celebrating summer birthdays or bringing along to potlucks, especially since it's made with yummy, in-season, fruits and veggies!

What You'll Need

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted fresh fruit for garnish (see Note)

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix until well combined. Stir in zucchini. Pour batter into baking dish.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.
  4. To make the frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar, mixing until combined. In another bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff, then fold whipped cream and vanilla into cream cheese mixture. Spread frosting evenly over cake.
  5. Arrange fruit over entire top of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


We topped our cake with strawberries, blueberries, mango, and kiwi, but any of your favorite fruits will work!

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Yummy! The Market Cake sound yummy. What an ingredient list. Does this recipe remind you of any other recipe. Especially the icing, I just love this. I plan to serve it the next time I have dessert and I can not wait to see what the family thinks.

It is amazing what bakers are using to prepare cakes on the market now. I would never have thought to use finely shredded zucchini in this "The Market Cake". However, I would have never thought to use carrots and thus we have that yummy carrot cake. The door is wide open, what can you create?

You show directions for making the frosting but no amounts are given. ????

Hi there. We had an update to our site that caused some of the ingredients to be cut off in longer recipes. The issue has been resolved and you can view the full recipe now. Enjoy!

You show directions for making the icing but no amounts are given!

Take it from me, no one will believe that zucchini can make a cake taste this good. You'll def have to tell everyone how you made this recipe because it's so unbelievably delicious. The cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping for this cake too. I used blackberries, strawberries, mangoes and kiwi on top of mine. I will be making again and again for sure!

Talk about a great way to consume your veggies. I love recipes that use ingredients in ways you wouldn't expect -- like making a cake with zucchini. Well this one is really good, and it's nice and dense, which I love. Move over pound cake. The Market Cake is equally awesome.


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