Easy Cream Cheese Zucchini Bread

Cream Cheese Zucchini Bread is so easy to make! You’ll love this spiced zucchini bread loaf that’s tender and moist, with a sweet vanilla cream cheese center.

A slice of zucchini bread with a cream cheese center.
There are many things I can do…some I can do well, others I am just learning and then there are those things that no matter how hard I try, or research, or think about I just can’t seem to get a handle on. Case(s) in point: gardening, plant cultivation, horticulture, floriculture, viniculture, viticulture…pretty much anything that involves keeping something that has roots and resides in soil alive. To say I don’t have a “green thumb” in an understatement at the very least. I mean, last year I killed a cactus…Yes, I am serious.
With that said, I am always amazed when people have great gardens where they grow herbs, fruits and vegetables. Even my son has built his own little garden out back where he tends to his very own “crop”. Yes, the apple fell VERY far from the tree. So you see, I am lucky to have a network of people who DO have the proverbial green thumb, and I’m able to reap the benefits without any of the work…looks as if I have found a loophole, my friends.
Enter zucchini. My mom’s neighbor grows them and as I can imagine there are only so many zucchini one can consume…behold said loophole…I now have about 10 beautiful organic zucchini to do with as I wish.
First use: zucchini bread. Not just any zucchini bread, however, a sweet cream cheese filled zucchini bread. The loaf itself is dense and…well, the word I want to use is banned from my vocabulary…m@!*#st…I can’t even bring myself to type that word. But, you know what I mean, right? More on word phobias another day…but the “M” word, best used to describe brownies is OFF LIMITS! No way around it.
The cream cheese filling adds a little something special and I may try it next time I do banana bread…yummmm.

Here are the details:
Preheat 350.
Grease and flour 2 standard loaf pans
With your hand mixer beat the cream cheese filling ingredients together and set aside.

A bowl of grated zucchini.For the bread, mix first 5 ingredients together (dry ingredients) in a large bowl. Set aside. In another bowl combine eggs, both sugars and oil. Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated. Now add the wet ingredients into the dry…it will be very thick batter. Now add the zucchini. This will thin out the batter.
Now pour half of the batter into each of the loaf pans. Top each with half the cream cheese mix, trying to keep the cream cheese away from the edges as to contain all the cream cheese in the bread.
A loaf pan half filled with zucchini bread batter, topped with cream cheese filling.Top with remaining batter.
Zucchini bread batter is poured into a loaf pan, over layers of batter and cream cheese filling.Bake approx 1 hr until bread is done and toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 5 min. Run knife along edge of pan to loosen bread if it has stuck and then remove from pan and continue to cool.
Close up of a baked zucchini bread in a metal loaf pan.Side view of a baked zucchini bread loaf.A slice of zucchini bread with a cream cheese center.Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!

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Cream Cheese Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Cream Cheese Zucchini Bread is so easy to make! You’ll love this spiced zucchini bread loaf with a sweet vanilla cream cheese center.


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Ingredients:

Zucchini bread:

  • 3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 t. coarse sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 c. oil
  • 2 c. grated zucchini (about 11 1/2 zucchini)

Cream cheese filling:

  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1/3 c. sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour 2 standard loaf pans. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the cream cheese filling. With your hand mixer, beat the ingredients together until smooth, and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coarse salt. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl, combine the eggs, white sugar, light brown sugar, and oil. Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture to form a thick batter. Add the zucchini.
  7. Divide half of the batter evenly between each of the prepared loaf pans. Add the cream cheese mixture, leaving about a 1-inch border between the cream cheese filling and the edge of the pan.
  8. Top with remaining batter.
  9. Bake approximately 1 hr, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  10. Let the loaves cool in the pans for 5 min. Run knife along the edge of each pan to loosen bread, and then remove it from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sarah
Aug 31, 2014 11:25 am

Can you substitute the sea salt for table salt or kosher?

Paula
Aug 27, 2014 4:13 pm

Made two loaves today. In love with this recipe. Have a question. Should this bread be put in the fridge. My hubby thinks it should be due to the cream cheese filling.

Nic
Apr 11, 2012 9:24 pm

This sounds so good and I love that you don’t like the “m” word becuase neither do I!!! Thanks for not saying it.!

cookies and cups
Jul 19, 2010 11:33 am

Awesome Judy! So glad you liked it!

Judy Nebeker
Jul 18, 2010 11:16 pm

Made this delicious bread tonday. 110 outside, it was worth turning the oven on for! Thanks for the amazing recipes!

cookies and cups
Jul 31, 2009 5:47 pm

Thanks everyone…I made the 2 loaves in the evening and they were gone before noon the next day…a little embarrassing, but proof that everyone enjoyed them…even my 5 year old…this is the only way I can get him to eat zucchini and I am not sure if it counts as a vegetable serving baked in this dessert disguised as bread =)

Ann Marie
Jul 31, 2009 3:22 pm

Visiting from flavor of the month… and I LOVE zucchini bread… i've already copy pasted this to word and printed it… consider me a follower!!! 🙂

Barbara Bakes
Jul 30, 2009 7:58 pm

This sounds like a perfect use for my zucchini!

Ingrid
Jul 30, 2009 7:49 pm

I was tempted to "mess" with you and type the "m" word but won't this time! LOL! 🙂

Looks great especially that cream cheese layer, YUM! I'm keep that idea for another recipe!
~ingrid

CookiePie
Jul 30, 2009 3:08 pm

Ooooooh – cream cheese filling inside yummy zucchini bread? Heaven!!

Monica H
Jul 29, 2009 10:38 pm

I just made zucchini muffins with apricot jam and dried cherries in them! They were good. and m***t!

I adore cream cheese anything and I'm quite sure I would love this bread. It looks so good. Care to share some zucchini?!

Snooky doodle
Jul 29, 2009 8:31 pm

Surely that layer of cream cheese makes it even more delicious 🙂

Hilary
Jul 29, 2009 6:37 pm

OMG, I despise the M-word, too!

Justin
Jul 29, 2009 4:55 pm

i should really try making zucchini bread

Tracy
Jul 29, 2009 4:46 pm

That looks goooood. 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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