Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Courgette Cake recipe

I sort of knew you ladies would like the courgette cake recipe but when I did the post yesterday there were demanding small people in the background so I cut it a bit short. So here it is....

Courgette cake

60g raisins
250g grated courgette
2 large eggs
125ml vegetable oil
150g caster sugar
225g Self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
zest of 2 limes

Soak raisins until plump in hot water. Grate courgettes and squeeze out excess water. Beat eggs, oil, sugar until creamy. (electric whisk is best) Sieve in flour, bicarb and baking powder. Stir in drained raisins, zest and courgettes. Pour into lined tins. Bake for 30 mins on gas 5. Leave in tins for 5-10 mins. Turn out and ice.

It is a version of one I saw years ago in my friends book Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson but I didn't have the book so I memorised it and use this version. It has the texture of carrot cake and stays moist rather than going dry. You can sandwich two together with lemon curd and put icing on the top for a showstopper or make them as a loaf  for sandwich boxes which are not as messy. It also looks particularly lovely if you decorate the icing on the top with pistachios because of the green colour.

Bloke entered it in last years local show and won first prize - that is the kind of bloke you want to find in life!!

I have some other rather great 'harvest/glut' type cakes that I will share with you as the produce rolls in over the next few months.

I have linked up with Chantille Fleur for her Tea party Tuesday posts to remind me to post my harvest cake recipes for you all.

Does the great British bake off start this week did I hear? Jo x


  1. Fabulous Jo thank you so much, have a great day
    Lots of love

  2. Thanks for the recipe Jo :-) Will definitely give it a try sometime soon - it looks yummy! You should pop over to Chantille Fleur blog and add your link to today's Tea Party Tuesday post too.
    Off to check the listings to see if GBBO does indeed start this week - hope so!
    love Gilly xx

    1. Thanks been there and done that. Thanks for the link. Jo x

  3. Oh yum! And moist like carrot cake...I'm in!

  4. Thanks Jo I'm looking forward to making it after I've done my weekly shop and bought the limes, pistachios and lemon curd. Liz x

  5. It sounds really good. I make zucchini bread sometimes but I don't think it's as sweet or moist as this.

  6. Well I know what we'll be doing tomorrow :-) With a few alterations of course - cooking / baking is one of areas where I do lots of winging it!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Louise x

  7. I like the sound of that cake! I've never made courgette cake before. Loved the pink cardigan you knitted, by the way, very nice. x

  8. have you seen Red Velvet Chocolate Heartbreak - it is a book full of vegetable cakes, all fabulous!

    1. I will look it up. bloke has been looking for another veg cake recipe for this years town show. Thanks Jo x

  9. I've just popped over from Annie's Place and will now be a regular. I love the idea of courgette cake as I love courgettes and need to get my two teenagers to have more veges and this is the best way... by disguise! Looking forward to reading more. xx

  10. Hello Jo!
    So lovely to discover your blog through TPT - thanks so much for linking up! I'll look forward to seeing more recipes next month as this one sounds great! :)

    Sarah xx

  11. Oh my goodness! This looks amazing! I am so happy I found you through the tea party!!! What a lovely blog you have here! I am a new follower!!! Nicole

  12. Wow what a great looking cake... I like my sugar! A lot but this cake looks great. Super to have found a new blog via TPT! Hooray :) Hazel x

  13. Well I can honestly say it's yummy!! I had to make a couple of changes - used lemons instead of limes and I substituted the flour for Doves Farm gluten-free plain flour. Normally I'd add a bit of xanthan gum to cakes but I forgot but it has worked really well (it helps it "stick together"). I then sandwiched the cake with dairy-free "butter" cream flavoured with a bit of lemon zest and juice. A really easy cake to make gluten & dairy free.
    It's very, very delicous - a great way to use up courgettes!!
    Thanks again Jo.

    1. Well that sounds perfect. Glad you could make the alterations, I am sure others will find that useful too. Look out next Tuesday for another recipe! Jo x