Courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting

Courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


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

  • un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal391
  • fat20g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.5g


    For the cake

    • 350g courgettes (no need to peel them)



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

    • 200g soft brown sugar
    • 125ml sunflower oil
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

    • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten



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

    • grated zest 1 orange



      One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 100g sultanas
    • 300g self raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

      Baking powder

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      Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

    for the frosting

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


    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.

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    pollackj1's picture
    15th Jul, 2018
    It took double the length of stated time to bake, but is delicious
    marianne cullen's picture
    marianne cullen
    20th Mar, 2018
    I made this today and its beautiful. I made it gluten free by substituting with gf flour. I also added a half tsp of ground cardamon and it goes great with the orange and topped with crushed pistachio . Definitely will be making again.
    om aya
    15th Nov, 2017
    made this with the juice and rind of one lemon instead of orange and left out the sultanas and vanilla, and sprinkled the top with brown sugar instead of frosting - it was LUSH
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    Berry Crumble
    7th Sep, 2017
    Wonderful recipe! Made this 4-5 times this summer(guess what's in my veg patch!). Nice dense, moist cake, gets better on the second day. Highly recommend.
    29th Aug, 2017
    Thank you so much for this delightful recipe, it's delicious, moist and tasty! I had to cook it for about 1 hr 15 mins. This will certainly be a recipe that is used time and time again.
    8th Aug, 2017
    Recipe worked but calls for way too much sugar. I halved the amount I added and it was still very sweet. I couldn't put the frosting on because it was so sweet. Also - needs longer than 50 minutes to cook. I gave it 55 and probably should have done 65.
    jmslack's picture
    6th Aug, 2017
    I cooked mine in the fan setting at 160 as the recipe says and it did need another 15 minutes in the oven, but it is delicious an I'll definitely make it again
    29th Oct, 2016
    So easy and a lovely moist cake. My topping was too thin but still fine.
    13th Aug, 2016
    Made as per recipe. Gorgeous cake.
    7th Aug, 2016
    This was good! I upped the orange zest and added the juice. Yum.


    21st Sep, 2014
    Is it possible to freeze this please?
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