Chocolate courgette cake

Chocolate courgette cake

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(92 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


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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  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 175ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 375g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 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)



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 140g toasted hazelnut, roughly chopped



    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
  • 100ml double cream


  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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27th Dec, 2011
This recipe works really well gluten free. The first time I made it I followed the recipe just replacing the flour with Dove's Farm gluten free self raising flour but it was quite oiley and the extra virgin tasted quite strong, also it was too sweet. Each time I make it now I use 325g flour and 75 g cocoa powder. Also I only use 140 ml of oil, vegetable rather than extra virgin and a couple of tablespoons of milk. I also decreased the amount of sugar to 300g and it tastes much better.
26th Sep, 2013
I've made this today with gluten-free flour and followed your suggestions on the other amounts to use and it turned out perfect, so thank you! :)
7th Nov, 2011
I've never tried chocolate courgette cake but this is the courgette cake recipe I got from my Mum - it's very moist with a crunchy sugary top
25th Sep, 2011
TASTY............ WOW and so easy to make, the children loved it ( although I did miss out the mixed spice and nuts )
16th Sep, 2011
hi ell
16th Sep, 2011
this was scrumptioussssssss in my tummmyyy it was lovely really to sweet for my likingg though, with a glass of wine without really brought the taste out very well...
16th Sep, 2011
this recipe is absoulutley delicious,it really gets my taste buds going.. yummyy!
9th Sep, 2011
Very easy to make, used the amounts specified but used good cocoa (Green and Blacks) and didn't have a problem with it being too sweet. Very moist cake, very chocolatey and can't taste the courgette at all. Kids like it, which is good. I just topped it with milk chocolate buttons since I didn't have any cream and it tastes great. Cooking time was spot on, my courgettes weren't very watery so that may have had something to do with it.
7th Sep, 2011
I decided to cut down on the sugar after the comments. It tasted wonderful but it too ages to cook and collapsed so I had to turn it over before icing. I will try this again but will perhaps dry the courgettes before adding them. I didn't have any hazelnuts so used pecans instead and they worked really well.
2nd Sep, 2011
I have made this cake and it tasted absolutely delicious never had a chocolate cake as good as this. ( you cannot taste the courgette) fantastic cake.


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