Carrot, courgette & orange cakes

Carrot, courgette & orange cakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 2 x 20cm cakes, each cuts into 8-10 slices

Turn a garden glut into something amazing with this delicious, moist cake and freeze one for later too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
273
protein
3g
carbs
35g
fat
14g
saturates
9g
fibre
1g
sugar
23g
salt
0.54g

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • zest 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g carrots, grated
  • 100g courgettes, grated

For the icing

  • zest 1 orange, plus 2-3 tbsp juice
  • 140g icing sugar

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 2 x 20cm round cake tins with baking parchment. Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, bicarb, zest and the mixed spice together, then stir in the carrot and courgette. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted in comes out clean. Cool.
  2. To make the topping, mix enough of the orange juice into the icing sugar to give a thick, but drizzly icing. Drizzle over the cakes, then scatter with the zest and leave to set.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2011

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moolala's picture
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Loved it, which I'm really surprised about as I hate carrot cake but this is awesome. I'm actually eating it as I type....................

lisadomjan's picture

I was lucky enough to be given some lovely home grown courgettes by a Spanish work colleague so thought I would give this recipe a try & it turned out really well first time. Very moist with an unusual texture but delicious nevertheless! Made one for for us & one for Maribel for being so generous with her veg. She also loved it by the way! Didn't put the icing on as it didn't need it. Love the fact that it can be frozen for another day too. Will definitely add it to the repertoire!

mrswhelk's picture
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Absolutely delicious, very moist and it disappeared as quickly as it was pit on the plate. You'd never have thought it contained courgette.

fozzyx's picture
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Delicious! Had to cook in the oven for 5 mins longer and make a little extra icing, but all easy enough!

lizzielreynolds19's picture
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Good cake and easy to make once all Veg is grated. Needed more like 40mins in our gas oven. Icing made with juice squeezed from zested oranges was lovely. Everyone enjoyed it!

michyd29's picture

Ogm, this cake looks so good, have to make me one later ;)

nicoleinafrica's picture
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Quite good, but not the best I have made

needideas's picture
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Blooming lovely cake, even my 13year old daughter loved this after telling her it had courgette in. I didn't put much icing on as I'm not a huge fan of icing but the cake was already moist enough.
I had to cook them for 40/45mins.
Definately be baking these again.

beclin's picture
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Yum yum yum, this cake is fantastic!

amichelles17's picture
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Oh wow.....this cake was absolutely delicious......I didn't make the icing as the cake was so moist by itself that I didn't feel it needed it......it really surprised everyone too!!!! Going to make it again, right now and freeze it for a mid week treat!!! Yummy!!!!

bridalzone's picture

scrumptious. definitely 5 star rating. Family loved it.

loujay's picture
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I made this cake a few days ago as one big cake. I love to cook but am a complete novice at baking. Delicious! So moist and lovely. I read in one of the previous comments that the cake kept a 'marbled effect', unfortunately mine didn't. I put the icing on too quickly so it didn't look as pretty. But it's lovely :) and even I managed it!

wizzbang82's picture
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Lovely cake. I made this as a gluten- free cake and as the Dove's Farm flour absorbs extra liquid, I put in the juice of the two oranges I had zested, so nothing went to waste.

As a gluten free cake it is very crumbly and difficult to handle. I also found it needed another 15 mins at Gas Mark 2 to cook the cakes thoroughly.

I would try these again, but as a loaf cake. I agree that the icing is very sweet- myabe a yogurt or cream cheese frosting would be less sweet? I wasn't expecting the veg to be so visible, but despite initial complaints from my husband- he said this is one of the freshest, zingyest tasting cakes ever!

mighty_south's picture
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Forgot to give this a five star rating

mighty_south's picture
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Went down a treat. Will make this one again!

kvhodgson's picture
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This is a lovely moist cake, which is not too difficult to make. Lots of grating involved (carrots and courgettes) but the end-result is well worth the effort. I liked the orange icing, but my husband preferred the cake by itself, sans frosting. I think unless you have quite a sweet tooth you may wish to leave the cake un-iced. Courgette in a cake is delicious, not something I'd thought to do before.

jochidlow's picture
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This cake turned out delicious, it was really moist, and everybody loved it.

eleanormayo's picture
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Will definitely be making this again, but only as one cake as split into two it makes rather flat cakes!

teasmith1425's picture
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I made this with lemon and lime zest as a family member is allergic to oranges - and it was delicious!! Extremely easy to make - absolutely delicious with lime icing, and kept well (though didn't last long, as was gobbled up by everyone who tried it!)

I didn't expect the grated veg to be as visible in the finished cake, but it looked really pretty and gave a fabulous texture! People I told about this recipe were dubious about courgette in a cake (several people asked 'won't it be bitter?') - but everyone who tried this cake, loved it! (It definitely isn't bitter!)

I'm planning to try these again as individual muffin sized cakes, and will also try freezing some (which was the plan for the first batch, but didn't get the chance!)...

Great recipe!

clairebezz's picture
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simply delicious, will be making this one again.... greedy me made all the mixture in one big cake - nothing went to waste!

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