Last Summer I went to a picnic meet-up with my baby and toddler group. One of the mums had brought along a courgette cake which I wasn't at all keen on trying, but actually tasted really nice. I've had it at her house a few times since and it is really quite scrummy. The one thing that I noticed it is that although it's moist, it is actually quite bland. The courgette doesn't really come through and therefore the cake just tastes of, well, cake.
I decided to have a go at making this with The Boy this morning, and had the idea of adding chocolate to give a contrasting flavour. I knew I had the ingredients and there were courgettes waiting to be used up in the fridge. Only, they'd gone too far and had to go into the compost, which is when Mr. TheBoyandMe was despatched to pick up more!
Courgette & Chocolate Cake
Ingredients: 220g plain or wholewheat flour, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 250g sugar, 200ml vegetable oil, 60g of butter, 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 2 medium courgettes coarsely grated, 1 large handful raisins, half a bar of milk chocolate, handful of chocolate chips.
Prior to cooking sprinkle a teaspoon of salt into the courgette, place in a sieve over a bowl with a piece of kitchen towel and a plate on top to weigh it down. The excess juice from the courgette will be removed.
1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
2. Add the egg with a little flour to prevent curdling.
3. Add the remainder of the flour and whisk.
4. Add the oil and vanilla essence and mix together thoroughly, the mixture will be runny.
5. Stir in the remainder of the dry ingredients and the raisins.
6. Gently fold in the courgettes and chocolate chips, along with the melted chocolate.
7. Mix thoroughly and then divide between cake cases. This recipe made 20 individual cakes.
8. Place the cakes in a preheated oven at 150°C for 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
9. We drizzled white chocolate on ours to add some colour.
These cakes are moist and really tasty. The Boy and Me (ha!) made them before Chef Brother came over to see us, and I was nervous about giving him one. He said they were really tasty and would be perfect for Christmas time, he then ate two! Wahoo, thumbs up if ever there was one.
The irony is that The Boy doesn't like them!