chocolate courgette cake

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I got up at 5 this morning so you’ll have to excuse me if this makes little sense. There was a good reason – we went to see the dawn ascent of the balloons at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta for a friend’s birthday. Sadly it was too windy for them to take off, but we had a barbecue, ate cake and drank champagne, all by 8am!

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Times have a-changed round here! I’m now three weeks into my proper grown-up job (I can’t believe it either). Encouraged/bullied by my mother this afternoon, I have just spent a great deal of my first pay cheque on a KitchenAid stand mixer 😮 looking forward to all of the baking that I’ll be doing with that from now on!

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Today I’m bringing you a recipe from my friend Emily for chocolate courgette cake. It’s fresh, very similar to a carrot cake, and I got to use some of Mum’s homegrown courgettes before I returned south. Did you know they come in yellow?! Because I did not… I was gunning for some greenery on top, hence the array of herbs, and the courgette flowers were too pretty not to use!

Chocolate Courgette Cake


Courgette Cake
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup flavourless oil {such as vegetable oil}
  • 2 cups grated courgette
Cream Cheese Icing
  • 50g soft, unsalted butter
  • 70g cream cheese
  • 210g icing sugar
Decoration {optional}
  • Courgette flowers
  • Herbs: rosemary, mint, sage


Preheat your oven to 180*C and line a circular cake tin with greaseproof paper {I think mine was 10″ across}.

Sieve together all of the dry ingredients: the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a mixing bowl, give the eggs a quick whisk and then add in the oil. Fold in the dry ingredients.

Finally, add the grated courgette and incorporate fully.

Bake for around 50 minutes, but it may take over an hour depending on how wet the courgettes are. Check with a skewer and leave to cool completely when done.

To make the icing, beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar and butter until smooth.

Frost the top of the cake generously and decorate however  you wish!

2 thoughts on “chocolate courgette cake

  1. I love the look of your cake Hannah, it looks so scrummy and sounds relatively healthy too. You know, I’ve never tried courgette cake, though my mum has and she reported that it was really lovely. I’ll definitely have to give it a try. and champers by 8am , that’s sounds as though it was quite a day 🙂

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    • Yeah, ‘relatively healthy’ 😉 I’m not a fan of courgettes normally – I think they’re soggy and a bit miserable – but in cake form they really sing and stop it drying out. I’ve seen quite a few lemon and courgette cakes on the web so I think that’ll be the next thing to try 🙂


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