Monday, 22 August 2011

Chocolate Courgette Cake

Last Thursday I got offered some lovely home-grown courgettes from someone at work, as they had far too many to use themselves. Never one to say no to free food I happily took them.

Thats right, bigger than my keyboard!

I had seen Simon from the Great British Bake-off make a chocolate and courgette cake so thought I would give it a go! I did ask around for some recipes and was told by a few people on twitter that the BBC Good Food recipe was the best! So here it is...

  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 175ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 375g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500ml grated courgettes (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)
  • 140g toasted hazelnuts , roughly chopped

    For the Icing
  • 200g dark chocolate , chopped
  • 100ml double cream

  • I started off by mixing the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and the wet ingredients together in another bowl like so...

    the butter in the background is misleading, no butter in the recipe!

    I then added the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until they had just combined. The recipe warned not to over-mix, although this would of been difficult as the mixture was really thick and heavy so a bit tough on the old arms.
    -note to self: must go to the gym more-


    Once the mixture had combined, I then folded in the toasted/chopped hazlenuts. The gloopy mixture was then popped into a springform cake tin and baked for 45-50 mins. (Mine came out at 48 minutes).

    As you can see the tip cracked slightly (i.e alot), however, the inside of the cake was deliciously moist and chocolatey.

    Cracked quite a lot, but didnt dry out in the middle

    For the chocolate topping I simply brought 100ml of double cream to the boil, and then poured it over 200g of dark chocolate, stirred until fully melted and yummy. Once this has cooled slightly and thickened I simple drizzled it over the whole cake, and let it dribble down the sides.

    Dribbly chocolate!


    Om nom nom nom...

    Unfortunately the boyfriend decided he doesn't like hazelnuts (which I didn't know!) so yet another cake which I will be forced to eat all myself! What a shame.

    Source - Good Food Chocolate and Courgette Cake


    1. jealous....i want to try it! xxx

    2. Jen- Well there is plenty left! Pop in after work for a slice!

    3. Feel free to send me some in Boston! Heh. Now how can someone not like hazelnuts, especially with chocolate? I am... confused...

    4. Bob - Dont get me started on his weird food tastes, hazlenut and chocolate is one of the best combos ever! Look at nutella! *om nom nom*

    5. Hi Nelly,
      Saw your post on baking mad, look forward to hearing from you there and here.

      I'm a new baker too maybe we can help each toher through the medium of our blogs!


      Happy Baking!

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    7. courgettes? did i hear you right? how bizzare

    8. You heard me right! Made for a very yummy cake, I do hate using the word "moist" but that's what it was! and totally couldn't taste the courgette!

    9. And another chocolate courgette recipe for me to try! I've already made a few and I have quite a line up for next year (have pretty much run out of courgettes for this year). Sounds good with the added hazelnuts.

    10. Hmmm. I've made zucchini bread, but making a cake with it never would have occured to me. Very interesting.

      I had to google courgette. I can't believe in the 8 years I studied french, I never learned the word for zucchini! Lol

    11. Don't worry about it, took me a long time to realise that Zucchini and Courgette were the same thing... Same with Eggplant and Aubergine!

      Crazy language barrier!

    12. looks delicious and a fab way of eating 1 of your 5 a day!


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