Chocolate and orange courgette cake recipe

Chocolate and orange courgette cake recipe from snailspeak

kids can help can make in advance ok to freeze vegetarian
Category Cakes and biscuits recipes
ServesNot stated
Prep time20 - 25 mins mins
Cook time60 mins approx mins

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Ease of finding ingredients 9
Ease of cooking9
Success with kids9
Success with adults9
Overall Mark9


300g plain flour
50g good quality cocoa powder
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 eggs beaten
170g butter
375g golden caster sugar
2/3 tsp vanilla extract
125ml semi-skimmed milk
375g grated courgettes
1 heaped tbsp orange zest
120g chopped walnuts
Pinch of salt

For glaze:-

150g icing sugar
4tbsp orange juice
1tsp vanilla extract
Grated white chocolate (optional)

Handy Hint

I grate the courgettes in my food processor and give them a good squeeze to remove some of the liquid so the cake doesn't go soggy. Fresh orange juice is best for the glaze but juice from a carton especially with 'bits' is fine.


1. Grease a 20cm, preferably non-stick, cake tin and preheat oven to 180C / Gas 4.
2. Beat the eggs well (an electric whisk is best for this.)
3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and add the eggs, vanilla extract and milk and whisk again.
4. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon directly onto butter and sugar mix and whisk until ingredients are well combined.
5. Gently but thoroughly fold in the grated courgettes, orange zest and walnuts.
6. Pour into baking tin and bake until a skewer inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool and then drizzle with glaze.

To make glaze: combine icing sugar, orange juice and the tsp of vanilla extract. Grated good quality white chocolate on top of the glaze gives it an attractive finish.

gransnetter Reviews

From: pooohbear2811 on Sat 14-Jul-12 06:53:53 Overall rating: 9.0
thta sounds very nice, east to adapt to dairy free, and as I cant eat walnuts I would substitute a handful of sultanans.
From: snailspeak on Sat 17-Sep-11 15:59:43 Overall rating: 0.0
This is really delicious and for those who don't like courgettes I can assure them that it doesn't taste of courgettes in the slightest. Lovely as a dessert with cream or ice cream. One of many ways a coping with a courgette glut