Courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting

Courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

12 slices

Forget the carrot cake, this light, moist courgette cake is packed with flavour and it goes perfectly with a cup of tea

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
391
protein
5g
carbs
49g
fat
20g
saturates
7g
fibre
2g
sugar
31g
salt
0.5g

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 350g courgettes (no need to peel them)
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 125ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • grated zest 1 orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g sultanas
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

for the frosting

  • 200g full-fat cream cheese
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • good grating of orange zest

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly oil and line a 1kg loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment. Finely grate the courgettes, then squeeze out as much liquid as you can with your hands (too much will make the cake soggy).
  2. Stir the courgettes with the sugar, sunflower oil, eggs, orange zest, vanilla and sultanas, then fold in the flour and baking powder until they disappear, but don’t overmix.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 mins until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with the icing sugar (don’t overbeat as this can make the mixture too soft), then chill. Spread over the cooled cake, scatter with the zest and chill until ready to serve. Will keep for a week in the fridge.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2014

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vm0408's picture
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Absolutely moreish and a great way of using up courgette. Used less cream cheese to make a stiffer topping. Have made this again and again

africanqueen's picture
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Wow! Delicious and very easy to make. Had a bit of a hiccup with the cream cheese frosting it turned out a little runny so I added a little more cream cheese to the mix and it turned out fine :-)

cjsansom's picture
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Easy recipe, tastes good - in fact a lovely cake but nothing compares to the courgette, lemon and poppyseed cake on GF which is AMAZING.

clivesgirl1's picture
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My father, a very fussy eater when it comes to veg, eat 3 slices before I told him it was a courgette cake, he then had a 4th. Success!

saschlet's picture
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Lovely - didn't tell people what was in it. Great alternative to carrot. Added some cinnamon. Used half xylitol half golden caster so it was reasonably healthy too!

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