Chocolate courgette cake

Chocolate courgette cake

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(95 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Serves 10
Grated courgette gives this cake a lovely moist texture - a great way to use up a glut from your garden

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen uniced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal716
  • fat40g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars55g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.43g
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Ingredients

  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 175ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 375g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
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  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500ml grated courgette (measure by volume in a measuring jug, but it's about 2 medium courgettes; if using 1 overgrown one, peel first and take out seeds)
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  • 140g toasted hazelnut, roughly chopped
    Hazelnuts

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    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

For the icing

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
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  • 100ml double cream

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, mixed spice and 1 tsp salt. In another bowl, combine the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and grated courgette. Mix the dry and wet mixture until just combined, then fold in the toasted hazelnuts. Line a 24cm cake tin with greaseproof paper, then pour in your mixture. Bake for about 40-50 mins, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

  2. To make the icing, place the chocolate in a bowl and bring cream to the boil in a saucepan. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until completely smooth and melted. Leave the icing to cool slightly and thicken, then spread it over the cake so it’s covered and the icing starts to drip down the sides. Serve with a cup of tea or enjoy as a pud with a spoonful of something creamy.

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dozrichmond
9th Jul, 2013
This cake is fantastic and has even won over my partner who has always hated chocolate cake. Definitely 5 star.
louduff
9th Feb, 2013
absolutely scrummy - baked as muffins in 25mins - i'll be making another batch very soon!!!
superspud
17th Jan, 2013
This is the first time I have felt compelled to leave a comment. This cake is fabulous. I left the nuts out as my son doesn't like them but I don't think it was harmed by doing that. It was so moist and was still moist 3 days later so lasted well...though goodness knows how we managed to control ourselves enough to make it last. Would highly recommend it.
rw2604
6th Jan, 2013
Anybody got any idea of the Weight Watchers PPoints value for a serving of this cake (1/10)? Thanks :)
synneve
18th Nov, 2012
4.05
Yummy!!! Great and so quick to make. I stick to the original recipe and didnt bother to much about drying courgettes. Just gave em squezze before adding to the mixture. Used slightly bigger tin, 26 one and replaced extra virgin olive oil with light olive oil. Cake turned out great. Btw, I followed the advice from others and reduced the sugar to 300g. Still sweet enough. Will be making this again. Try yourself.
tc1006
3rd Nov, 2012
5.05
My kids loved it and only way I can get them to eat courgettes!
tastycakes
8th Oct, 2012
4.05
I substituted walnuts for hazelnuts and squeezed some of the moisture from the courgettes as the recipe suggests so even with my extremely old oven it only took an extra 10-15 minutes to cook through. It was extremely well received, even after I told my colleagues it was made with courgettes.
cherub-rock25
5th Oct, 2012
1.05
I really didn't enjoy this one I'm afraid...The vanilla combined with the cinnamon and chocolate made for a very strange taste and the courgette was a little slimey despite removing as much moisture from it as possible. A few friends who were brave enough to try it after witnessing my apathetic expression did think that it tasted quite nice though so it might just be me! Also, I didn't have any nuts to hand so maybe that's where I went wrong!
scewgreen
29th Sep, 2012
Took a while to grate all that courgette, but was otherwise really easy to make. Looks great and the kids can't get enough of it!
esthermarypots
21st Sep, 2012
5.05
This was beautiful! I made a few changes - used a melted dark chocolate and cocoa (because I ran out of cocoa powder), I forgot to add the nuts and made it in 2 smaller tims and sandwiched it together (it still needed 50 minutes (but that's probably because my oven is rubbish) and i made the ganache with a mix of dark and milk chocolate. The result was a fantastically light, moist and tasty chocolate cake. This will definately be added to my list of recipes to make again.

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