Butterscotch Zucchini Cake – No Frosting Zucchini Cake

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Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there’s no need to add a frosting.  It’s a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.

Butterscotch Zucchini Cake

Over the years, we’ve collected endless, old fashioned zucchini recipes.

But, there’s one recipe that Barbara makes on repeat every year.

Excess zucchini means Barbara is making her go-to recipe, Butterscotch Zucchini Cake from the Pot O’ Gold Cookbook from our Great-Aunt Gertie’s church out in Iowa. It never fails to impress and she always gets asked for the recipe when she takes it to cookouts and pitch-ins.

No Frosting Zucchini Cake

Now, I love a good frosting, especially on a zucchini dessert such as Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars.  Frosting makes everything better.

This old fashioned zucchini cake is one of those exceptions to the rule. Just say no to frosting this easy zucchini cake.

Instead, this cake makes it’s own crunchy, sugary crust on top.

It’s made from a combination of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar.  The three combined eliminate the need for a frosting.

To take it one step even further, we sprinkle half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture on the bottom of the pan to add another layer of flavor and texture to the cake as well.

This Butterscotch Zucchini Cake with its crunchy, sugary topping is a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.

How to Make Zucchini Cake with Butterscotch Chips

Full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for zucchini cake with butterscotch chips is at the bottom of this post in the recipe card. 

  1. Mix together cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle half on the bottom of a greased,13 x 9 inch cake pan or baking dish.
  2. Cream oil, eggs, vanilla and sugars.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  4. Alternately add the dry ingredients and zucchini to the creamed mixture.
  5. Spread the batter into the cake pan, and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture and butterscotch chips on top.
  6. Bake until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake, approximately 50 – 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Ingredients for Zucchini Cake No Frosting

Eggs

Vegetable Oil

Brown Sugar

White Sugar

Flour

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

Salt

Ground Ginger

Cinnamon

Ground Cloves

Nutmeg

Zucchini, grated

Vanilla

Butterscotch Chips

Notes About Old Fashioned Zucchini Cake:

  • Do NOT drain the zucchini after you grate it.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of the 13 x 9 inch baking dish generously, and then sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar mixture to cover all sides before filling with batter.
  • Once you have the wet ingredients creamed and the dry ingredients sifted, you will alternate adding the zucchini and the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Avoid the urge to add more butterscotch chips.  You could omit butterscotch chips entirely if you don’t have any on hand.
  • This cake stays moist for several days too so no need to overdo it and eat it in one sitting.

What are butterscotch chips?

Butterscotch baking morsels are similar to chocolate chips; however, they are flavored to taste like butterscotch instead instead of chocolate.  They make a great addition to cookies, cakes, pancakes, etc.

When we have extra butterscotch chips sitting around, there’s one recipe that we always make.  Try Rice Krispies Scotcheroos, a family favorite way to use up leftover butterscotch baking morsels.

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Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.
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Butterscotch Zucchini Cake - No Frosting Zucchini Cake

Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butterscotch zucchini cake, no frosting zucchini cake, old fashioned zucchini cake, zucchini cake with butterscotch chips
Servings: 12
Calories: 471kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 11 oz. bag butterscotch chips

Cake

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups zucchini grated (not drained)
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions

  • For topping, mix 1 t. cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar; sprinkle half of the mixture over the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan.
    Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.
  • Beat oil, eggs, white and brown sugars, and vanilla together.
    Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.
  • Sift dry ingredients, and add alternately with zucchini to the creamed mixture.
    Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.
  • Spread into pan; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture.
    Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.
  • Sprinkle butterscotch chips over top.
    Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes.
    Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.

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Notes

  • Do NOT drain the zucchini after you grate it.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of the 13 x 9 inch baking dish generously, and then sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar mixture to cover all sides before filling with batter. 
  • Once you have the wet ingredients creamed and the dry ingredients sifted, you will alternate adding the zucchini and the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Avoid the urge to add more butterscotch chips.  You could omit butterscotch chips entirely if you don't have any on hand. 
  • This cake stays moist for several days too so no need to overdo it and eat it in one sitting.
  • Love old zucchini recipes? Try Zucchini Pie, similar to a sugar cream pie. 

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

Butterscotch Zucchini Cake is an old fashioned recipe for a no frosting zucchini cake. With its crunchy, sugary topping made of butterscotch chips, cinnamon and sugar, there's no need to add a frosting.  It's a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.

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