Courgette in a Cake?

This may not be anything new to some of you but to others the thought of a vegetable that isn’t carrot in a cake may seem completely barmy! It is something I have seen dotted about in independent coffee shops for awhile now and always wanted to try it but didn’t really have the guts. But chatting to my friend who works at the Rabbit I overcame that and made one for a coffee and cake break at mine (only I had coffee practically everyone else had a brew)

  • 175g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 2 courgettes
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sour cream

Preheat the oven to 170 C. Whilst the oven in heating you want to grate the courgette and squeeze out any excess liquid, I found this easier in small batches or get yourself a 00Steve who will do it for you!

Beat the butter and sugar together until it is pale and creamy – said in my best cookery teacher voice. Add the lemon and the eggs (one at a time) beating well in between each egg. Then fold in the flour I like to add it in thirds and that way I know it has been thoroughly mixed. Next fold in the grated courgette into the batter, before pouring the mix into a greased tin – I used a bundt tin but any tin would do.

Bake for around 45 mins but check on it around 40 mins. Next sift the icing sugar into a bowl – trust me that is an important step I wish I did beforehand! Mix in the lemon juice and sour cream till the desired consistency – mine was too runny so just do a bit of the lemon juice at a time.

Let the cake cool completely (something I didn’t do when I made it!!) before transferring to a plate or stand and then pour over the icing. NB – when I did mine I forgot to take the bottom of my tin off which held the heat and my icing was too runny which then pooled at the bottom of the cake. It wasn’t horrible but it was less than ideal for me who was entertaining.

Have you had or made courgette or indeed another vegetable cake? Did you like it? Did it affect your stoma? let me know in the comments.

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