Tuesday 3 August 2010

Glut busting

What do you do when you have planted 4 courgette plants when only one of us eats courgettes, and these plants prove to be rather productive? Well apart from eating alot of courgettes, I have discovered a recipe that has courgette as a secret ingredient, to make the most wonderfully moist chocolate cake. Even Stuart, now he has decided to try it, likes it! The recipe goes as follows:

120g butter (softened)
125ml sunflower oil
100g caster sugar
200g soft brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
130ml milk
350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
4tbs cocoa
450g courgettes, peeled and grated
1tsp vanilla

Line a 20x35 cm baking tray with baking paper and set oven to 190 C/350F

Mix butter, oil, and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, and then the milk. Mix thoroughly.

Sift the dry ingredients into the mixture and fold in.

Stir in courgettes, and vanilla and spoon into the tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cut into slices whilst still warm.


  1. I heard about chocolate and courgette cakes too late in the season - when too many of our courgettes had turned into marrows due to lack of eating. The cake looks delicious! x

  2. I have exactly the same problem...4 plants produced 50 thousand courgettes lol!! I will def be trying this later :) xx

  3. I wish I had that problem. This year our courgette plants have been got - and' we've replanted three times now - finally starting to get some growing.
    Love courgette and chocolate cake, also make muffins and a courgette bread - hopefully my plants will still provide us with enough to make these this year.

    Great that your family are trying it now too.


  4. Looks lovely, will try that next year. We got a bit distracted this year so have now got about 10 plants sporting huge marrows, hmmm. Luckily the pigs like them! xx

  5. wonderful, have hidden courgette before in exactly the same way, also beetroot.
    happy harvesting xx


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