I am heading back to Sicily today after a (very) short solo vacation in Rome. Yesterday I walked from the Colosseum to Vatican City and then some. Note to self: no matter how comfortable your shoes are, if you’re walking over 20km on cobblestone streets your legs are going to BURN!

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

It’s no biggie. I’m at an airport and plan on parking my butt for a while.

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

I’m going to do a big post later on what I did in Rome, but for now I wanted to share with you a cake that I made this month in my little Sicilian apartment.

Have I told you about how difficult it is to cook here?

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

I have minimal cooking equipment, so when I get the bright idea to make a zucchini cake or grate cheese I have to “grate” whatever it is with a knife. And since we don’t have a sharp knife here, we use a Swiss army knife to cut things.

And yes, that is paper I’m using as a “cutting board”.

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

So, with paper as my cutting board and a Swiss army knife as my chefs knife I have definitely been making some adjustments in the kitchen. And yes, of course I could buy supplies, but we’re only here for three months, and I don’t NEED a bunch of fancy tools to make a delicious cake!

(don’t remind me that I said that once I’m back home, OK!??)

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

Anyway, this cake definitely did turn out delicious, and I just love the thick Nutella swirls amongst the deliciousness of a classic zucchini cake.

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

And what makes this cake even better, is that it’s for breakfast!! In this recipe I have grated carrots and zucchini, chocolate chips, Nutella swirls and cinnamon baked up in a deliciously moistย cake. We ate this up in two days!

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

So, grab a fork and dig in! xx

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 slices of cake


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 3 tbsp Nutella


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Place the melted butter in a large mixing bowl to cool and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. To the cooled butter, whisk in the grated zucchini, grated carrots, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix! Fold in the chopped chocolate and spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Drop 3 tablespoons of Nutella on top of the batter in a row. Swirl with a knife.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in loaf pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and remove from loaf pan, transferring bread to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from A Beautiful Mess

Bread will keep for 5 days wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge.


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39 Responses to Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

  1. Oh my goodness…a day solo in Rome…wonderful! This cake looks delicious – I love how (truly) rustic it is!

  2. Kathryn says:

    I’m so impressed with the amount of cooking you’re able to do with minimal equipment and in a strange kitchen. This cake sounds so delicious.

    • katrina says:

      Aww thanks friend! I love it here, but I really miss my stuff at home. Using a Swiss army knife all the time is straight up weird! lol

  3. I’d wake up to this any day. I’m all about the breakfast cakes and this one is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Rome is one of my fav. cities in the entire world! It was the first trip I did with my BF and we had an ahmmaaazing time! I can’t wait to hear about your trip! And this cake – yum! I am all for a yummy & moist breakfast cake filled with veggies! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cake for breakfast, involving chocolate?! I’m in. That looks amazing!

  6. nutella & zucchini? lady, you just blew my mind. yay for italian-inspired treats!

  7. Nutella and cake are definitely words I like associated with my breakfast! I’m pretty impressed by your cooking abilities in a limited kitchen. I’d probably take that as an excuse to eat pasta + pizza + pastries + all of the cheeses instead of actually cooking, because lazy. This looks awesome!

  8. I’m definitely up for cake for breakfast especially if its got nutella in. This look really good.

  9. molly yeh says:

    *sigh* i’ll take any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, especially if it’s got VEGETABLES and nutella! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Anything with Nutella is delicious in my book!

  11. When the words nutella, cake and breakfast are in the same sentence, how on earth do you say no?!?!?! Love this!

  12. Yes! Cake for breakfast is the best. So impressed with your low-tech grating–I would have been so tempted to just forget the zucchini, but you really made it work!

  13. Ashley says:

    Breakfast cake is the best!! This looks delicious!

  14. Hey, whatever works to get cake in your life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the combo of zucchini and Nutella!

  15. I’m horrible at making breakfast in this morning, so this would be perfect! I love zucchini bread and have been looking for an excuse to eat nutella for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mmmmm Nutella! This looks fantastic and I love when you have time to rattle something like this up for breakfast, yum ๐Ÿ˜€
    A Swiss army knife and paper”board” though? Hardcore! Hahaha, I am sure this is how MacGuyver would have done it as well, either way kudos for being able to make such lovely food with the few utensils you have! *takes a bow in honour* I hope you have a great weekend ahead after your trip to Rome, can’t wait to hear about it ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  17. Nutella and zucchini?! In a breakfast cake as gorgeous as this looks I’m thinking YES! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I now officially have a new obsession, zucchini + Nutella — brilliant!

  19. CakeSpy says:

    You had me at “breakfast cake”. I adore this!!! Oh, and how on earth would it last the five days you suggest it will keep? It would be gone in half a day in my house.

  20. This cake looks absolutely amazing! I have been to Sicily before and it is absolutely beautiful! Have a wonderful time in Rome!

  21. I’m a sucker for anything with nutella in it. Looks so good!!!

  22. The cake looks great. I love how creative you are with your limited cooking tools and I look forward to reading about your day in Rome.

  23. Amanda says:

    I am definitely loving cake for breakfast! The texture of this cake looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it!

  24. This bread looks lush! Love the nutella swirl, so yummy! Bookmarking, thanks for sharing Katrina!

  25. Sippitysup says:

    Great lesson on using what you have to get great results. I’m sure you and your tired feet loved Rome. Can’t wait to read more. GREG

  26. Hey awesome about the short trip to Rome. I am sure there will be others. This looks like a dessert cake to me. I would be in heaven to have this for breakfast with this must chocolate. Oh where is my coffee cup!

  27. Your’e a machine!! 20km!! Holy goodness, I hope you’re wearing a FitBit to track all this and fueling up with this cake!I know I would!

  28. Oooh I love zucchini cakes! And with nutella? Perfect.

  29. I applaud you for making due with what you have in the kitchen, as for as kitchen tools are concerned. Dude, this breakfast cake looks amazing! Nutella, chocolate, zucchini and carrots?! I’m so in.

  30. Joanne says:

    Ha! I am am quite impressed by how inventive you’re getting with your cooking tools! I would have probably tried to smuggle my knife set and a cutting board onto the plane. Along with my stand mixer. But that’s just me.

    Currently dying over that nutella swirl.

  31. I could eat that cake ALL DAY LONG! I hope to visit Rome again. I love hearing about other people’s journeys. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Oh my goodness!! This looks so warm and yummy and gooey and delicious. I can’t wait to make it.

    Julia Kristina

  33. Caitlin says:

    I’m totally impressed with your make-shift kitchen utensils! I lived in temporary housing for a month and I was so unmotivated because of the lack of kitchen supplies! I really can’t wait to try this cake though. I love it when veggies are hidden amongst delicious things like chocolate and nutella that I don’t even notice their presence.

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