People have been asking me, have I tried chocolate and courgette cake?
So the other day when in a meeting with a client discussing her birthday menu she mentioned the same cake and I asked for the recipe, after all it has to be a good way of getting courgettes into little ones.
Courgettes are in season at the moment and in bulk in allotments everywhere so I understand it has to be a novel way to use them up. Courgettes are also not the most popular of vegetable and I thought I must give the cake a go.
Courgettes are part of the summer squash family and although usually thought of as a vegetable are technically fruit. They are high in water and low in calories making them very good for dieting and are also high in Vitamin C, which is good for pretty much everything!
I called a friend, a good cooking buddy, and ask if we could come and cook one in his house, his kitchen is bigger and I promised to clear up the mess!
We settled the little ones safely in the middle of his central island, peeled the courgettes and weighed out the ingredients into little pots. It looked like a cookery show!
My daughter Molly put the ingredients into the kitchen aid and her brother Jake turned the beaters on and off with great skill. Very sweet if not a little gender specific.
The cake mixture filled our tin and we popped it into the oven and went to watch some well earned Cbeebies. Molly and Jake kept remembering they had cake coming soon, “Mummy cake, Mummy cake, cake Mummy!”
Courgette and Chocolate Cake
120g soft butter
100g caster sugar
200g soft brown muscovado sugar
125ml sunflower oil
3 free range eggs
350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder
100g dark chocolate – cut into chunks
450g courgettes, peeled and grated
Beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, add the oil and eggs and keep beating. Add half the sieved flour and the milk and lastly fold in the remaining flour, cocoa, dark chocolate chunks and courgettes. Pour into a lined eight inch cake tin and bake at 190C for about 45 mins.
Of course we had to eat ours warm and straight from the oven but I think the cake has improved as the days have gone on.
The recipe is easy, the oil and courgettes keep it moist, the chocolate makes it rich and slightly glossy. I have tweaked the recipe a little but the idea of courgettes in a chocolate cake, though odd, does get the thumbs up from us all young and a little older.
This week people keep asking me if I have seen the Great British bake off, sorry no but this could be the ideal recipe.