Easy Courgette/Zucchini Cake Recipe

Easy Courgette/Zucchini Cake Recipe – This is a cake I had heard of but never made until now. Thank you to my friends mum, Mrs Kent, for passing this recipe on. It seems like a strange combination of ingredients but it really works! In case you didn’t know courgette and zucchini are the same thing, just called different names in different parts of the world.

Serves: 10

Preparation: 15 minutes

Baking: 20-30 minutes

Skill: Easy

Tins required: 2 x 20cm/8inch sandwich tins

Ingredients :

60g/2oz raisins

250g/9oz grated courgettes/zucchini

2 large eggs

125ml/4fl oz veg oil, plus extra for greasing

150g/5oz caster sugar

225g/8oz self-raising flour

0.5tsp bicarbonate of soda

0.5tsp baking powder

Frosting

200g/7oz cream cheese

100g/4oz icing sugar

juice of half a lime

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Ingredients

Method :

Preheat your oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4. Grease and line 2 20cm/8inch sandwich tins with greaseproof paper and some vegetable oil.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 1

Place your raisins into a mug and cover with warm water and set to one side. This will make them plump and juicy.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 2

You should now grate your courgette/zucchini. Make sure you have washed and top/tailed your courgette/zucchini before grating. Once grated, set to one side for later.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 3

In a large mixing bowl, place your eggs, oil and caster sugar. Beat until creamy. They will resemble orange juice once mixed!

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 4

Now add your flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder to your mix and beat together until well combined. The mixture will be very thick at this stage, but don’t worry, the courgette/zucchini is very watery so it will loosen it up.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 5

Put your grated courgette/zucchini into the cake mixture and very gently mix until well combined.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 6

Drain your raisins, so that they are no longer in water and add to your cake mixture. Gently mix until combined.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 7

You can now pour your cake ingredients into your prepared cake tins. Try to have equal amounts of cake mixture in each tin. I didn’t do this too well with mine, but I got it as near as I could.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 8

Place your tins in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. They will be golden in colour and if you insert a knife in the middle of each cake, it will come out clean. Place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes and then turn out of the tins and allow to cool completely. Be careful though as the cakes and tins will be very hot.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 9

Once your cake is completely cool, you can add your frosting. Place the cream cheese and icing sugar into a bowl and gently mix until combined. You need to be gentle or the icing sugar will go everywhere. I found this easiest to do with a metal tablespoon. At this stage don’t worry if its a bit lumpy, it will smooth out when you add the lime juice.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 10

Once it is well combined, take the juice from half a lime and slowly add it to your frosting. Mix thoroughly but gently between each addition. It should be smooth and ready for spreading on your cake.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 11

Take one of your cake halves and place it on a plate (or whatever you will serve it on).

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 12

Spread approximately half of your frosting onto the top of this cake.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 13

Now take your other half of cake and place it on top of the frosted cake. With the remainder of your frosting cover the top of the cake.

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe Method 14

And thats it! This is such an easy cake to bake and tastes delicious, enjoy!

Courgette Zucchini Cake Recipe

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