Chocolate Courgette Cake With Sweet Courgette Ribbons… By Lucy Simmons

By lucy  , , , , , ,   , , ,

August 20, 2014

A lovely rich moist chocolate & courgette cake.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yields: 10 Generous

Ingredients

350 Grams Self-raising flour

50 Grams Cocoa powder

1 tsp Mixed spice

175 ml Extra-virgin olive oil

375 Grams Golden caster sugar

3 Medium Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla extract

500 ml Grated courgette

200 Grams Dark chocolate

100 ml Double cream

Directions

1.  Heat the oven to 180C/ gas mark 4.  Grease and line a 24cm cake tin set aside.

2.  In a large bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder and mixed spice.  In a different bowl combine the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and grated courgette.  Then add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Leave in the tray to cool for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.

3.  To make the icing break the chocolate into a large bowl and put the cream in a saucepan, bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Stir until completely melted.  Leave it to cool and thicken, then spread over the top of the cake until it starts dripping down the side.

I used the vibrant green and yellow peel from the courgettes to decorate the cake, simply dipping them in extra virgin olive oil, dusting with granular sugar, placing them onto a baking tray and blasting in a hot oven for 5 minutes.

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