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Chocolate Courgette Squares

Traybakes | 16th August 2011 | By

Along with the current glut of courgettes here in the UK, there seems to be a corresponding glut of courgette cake recipes. Guess what? I’m not bucking the trend. It took a while for our courgettes to get going this year, but they are now coming thick and fast. It’s courgettes for every meal at the moment so using them in a cake is merciful relief.

I have made three courgette and chocolate cakes so far and none of them come from the three recipes I have in my cookery books. So, I thought I really ought to start ticking those off. This time I have gone with the one from the Riverford Farm Cook Book. Theirs is a large one and cooked as a tray bake to feed the hungry hordes. We were off to visit friends who were down holidaying in West Cornwall, so something was needed that would a) travel well and b) feed a crowd – admittedly a small crowd, but teenage boys are not renowned for their small appetites.

This is what I did:

  • Grated 450g courgettes (a single fairly large one).
  • Creamed 120g unsalted butter with 200g muscovado sugar until well incorporated and most of the sugar lumps had disappeared.
  • Beat in 125ml sunflower oil.
  • Beat in 3 eggs (2 duck and 1 hen) and carried on beating until the mixture weirdly resembled mayonnaise – in consistency if not in colour.
  • Beat in 100ml milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Sieved in 350g flour (175g white, 150g wholemeal, 25g hemp), 2 level tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda and 4 level tbsp cocoa.
  • Stirred carefully until all incorporated.
  • Drained off the majority of courgette juice that had formed and stirred the gratings into the cake mixture.
  • Scattered 1 level tbsp of cardamom sugar over the top.
  • Scraped into a 9″ sq cake mould and baked at 180C for 40 minutes until risen and firm.
  • Cooled in the mould then cut into 16 squares.

The sugar gave the crunchy top I was hoping for and the cake was moist, tasty and not too sweet. The recipe had advised peeling the courgettes, but I’ve never done that before and couldn’t see the need. As I’d hoped, there was virtually no sign of the courgette. It was only on re-reading the recipe later that I realised I was meant to put an additional 100g of sugar in – no wonder it wasn’t too sweet!!! They were most welcome after an energetic walk along the coast, which despite the thronging crowds in Porthleven was virtually deserted.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    16th August 2011

    I love the three eggs 2 duck and 1 hen! I bet these didn’t last long with all those teenagers about!

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    Karen S Booth
    16th August 2011

    Have a great time in Cornwall and that cake should keep the hungry hordes as bay! It looks delicious.
    I made my We Should Cocoa entry yesterday, I will post it this week as soon as I liberate the photos from my camera!
    Karen

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    Working london mummy
    16th August 2011

    does it taste courgettey or chocolatey? ? am scared to try but I guess beetroot works in brownies so why not courgette!!

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    spontaneous-euphoria
    16th August 2011

    Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visited Cornwall. and these look delicious.. I am a recent convert to courgettes and chocolate.

    Simply delicious!

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    Choclette
    16th August 2011

    Simply Food – an adventure worth trying!

    A Trifle Rushed – ha ha, I ran out of duck eggs! I suspect the teenagers would have enjoyed it more if I’d put in the full amount of sugar.

    Karen – thank you. We do live in Cornwall, but not in the holiday area down West, which is lovely. Looking forward to seeing your WSC entry.

    WLM – the courgettes are quite hard to detect. It’s more about giving it a nice moist consistency and making you feel virtuous whilst eating cake 😉

    Spontaneous Euphoria – I’m very lucky to live in Cornwall and you’re right, it’s a good combination.

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    Suelle
    16th August 2011

    Courgette glut? You’re lucky! Half our plants haven’t grown, and the fruit on the remining plants are rotting before they reach a reasonable size!

    Your cake looks very good!

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    Lucie
    16th August 2011

    These look lovely – I’m sure the courgette gives these a wonderful moisture. Lovely photos x

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    Baking Addict
    16th August 2011

    Yum! I made courgette cake once and it was delicious. Im not surprised yours went down well. The view look good albeit overcast!

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    Janice
    16th August 2011

    Saw a guy making a courgette choc cake on Great British Bake off. Your cakies look fab.

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    Astra Libris
    16th August 2011

    Love how you used hemp flour in these! I love baking with hemp flour, and I can imagine it would be so lovely and nourishing with the courgette in this wonderful cake – looking forward to fixing the recipe!

    I too have been wondering about the baking powder in the friendship bread recipe! It just doesn’t make sense to me either… I would love to hear if you have success using the starter without baking powder! I’m also eager to venture into savory recipes with my starter…

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    Jacqueline
    16th August 2011

    I have been craving brownies for the last two weeks and have a courgette sitting in the fridge to go in a chocolate & courgette cake.

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    Chele
    17th August 2011

    I have a brownie courgette recipe that I was thinking of trying, great minds obviously think alike ;0)

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    Katie
    17th August 2011

    Those squares look so good and very moist and fudey, almost brownie like. Looks delicious

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    Kate@katescakesandbakes
    17th August 2011

    A great way to use your homegrown veggies and feed a hungry horde after a long walk! Have you tried the courgette and chocolate recipe in River Cottage Handbook: Cakes? And of course the best thing about these bakes is that you feel you are being super healthy (well, I kid myself anyway!)

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    tori
    17th August 2011

    How gorgeous. In the past I’ve used up the glut by making ribbons with a peeler and using them as mock noodles in Asian soups – but I have a feeling the husband will like them better in a chocolate cake.

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    Brownieville Girl
    17th August 2011

    I have a lovely lunch time courgette recipe to post soon (just have to do a bit of tinkering first!!)

    I love health food when it comes in cake form!!!!!

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    Johanna GGG
    18th August 2011

    chocolate cake and the cornish coast sounds idyllic to me – I’ve never peeled my courgettes either – seems a waste of good greenery!

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    Catherine
    18th August 2011

    mmm crunchy sugar topping; how nice does that sound?! Those photos are really nice; hope you had a ball! Also, I love Riverford Farm; I made their root veg soup for my starter on the wee “Come Dine With Me” competition I had with my friends and it went down a treat!

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    cookingvarieties
    19th August 2011

    hi choclette, never tried or seen this recipe before- guess i am no cougette nor cookie nor cake expert at all. would like to try yours, cos it looks so yummy
    glad i blog walk to your site.. hi, i am from malaysia,do visit my blog , would love to read a comment from you too. have a nice day

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    cookingvarieties
    19th August 2011

    wow chele, all those photos, especially the last one makes me feel so thirsty and hungry.
    when i read the ingredients, i must say i am very keen to try this put and tuck in.
    glad i blog walk to your site.. hi, i am from malaysia,do visit my blog , would love to read a comment from you too. have a nice day

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    C
    19th August 2011

    Looks gorgeous and moist. I’ve just made my first chocolate courgette cake and wonder why I waited so long! I’ll have to investigate other recipes now!

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    Choclette
    20th August 2011

    Dom – well it would follow on well from the beetroot one 😉

    Suelle – yes, ours haven’t done nearly as well as last year and lots of them are rotting as they grow too – lack of pollination we think. They are just about coming to an end now, usually we get them until the end of September.

    Lucie – thank you, yes the courgette keeps the cake nice and moist.

    Baking Addict – not the best photos of Porthleven ever, but hopefully gives an idea.

    Janice – I caught up with GBBO on iPlayer and he peeled his courgette – seemed like a monumental waste of effort!

    Astra Libris – I used to use hemp flour a lot and then stopped for some reason. Luckily managed to find a supply again. As for the friendship starter, it’s sitting in the freezer at the moment. There’s just never enough time to play! I do make my own rye sourdough though, so I added a bit of that to the 1st cake I made.

    Jac – and have you made one?

    Chele – it’s just got to be done 😉

    Katie – they were really good, but not nearly sweet enough to be a brownie.

    Kate – that one is on my list, I’ve also got the G&B one to try at some point. Who’d have thought there were so many chocolate and courgette cakes!

    Tori – That sounds heaps healthier than a cake 😉

    BVG – look forward to your courgette lunch post and yes, it is great feeling virtuous when eating cake ;-0

    Nic – thank you, that was very kind of you.

    Johanna – ha ha, yes a good combination – shame it was rather grey. Peeling courgettes seems like a waste of time, but each to their own I guess.

    Catherine – ah thank you. Having your own Come Dine With Me must have been fun.

    Gloria – thank you

    Cooking Varieties – baking with vegetables is quite fun, especially when no-one can guess what’s in the cake.

    C – your cake looked delicious.

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    Eileen Teo
    12th July 2015

    This is so interesting and unique recipe to use hen and duck egg! Sound lush!

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      Choclette
      12th July 2015

      Thanks Eileen. I always bake with duck eggs when and if I can get them.

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