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Chocolate Courgette Cupcakes – Vegan

Vegan Chocolate Courgette Cakes

If you like a dense pudding type cake, these chocolate courgette cupcakes may be for you. They’re tasty not too sweet and it’s hard to detect the courgette unless you know it’s there. They’re vegan too.

Vegan Cakes

I used to find baking vegan cakes a bit of a challenge as I’m rather wedded to my butter, eggs and yoghurt.  When I made this vegan chocolate cake last year for my annual birthday cake ritual at work, however, I really enjoyed it. And, it didn’t even have any icing.

Vegan Chocolate Courgette Cupcakes

Good as it was though, I didn’t feel I could bake the same cake again this year. Luckily, some inspiration came my way in the form of Brownieville Girl’s courgette cupcakes. It was timely inspiration as we are getting masses of courgettes (zucchini) down at the plot. They were an obvious choice as principal ingredient.

I created a hybrid using the sponge from the black bottom cupcakes I baked earlier in the year. A few other tweaks were only natural. I substituted ground almonds for some of the flour, added cinnamon and varied the quantities. This, of course, made the original recipe into something completely different.

My chocolate courgette cupcakes turned out slightly more puddingy than cakey, but were nonetheless very good.  My vegan work colleague was really please, but surprisingly, my non-vegan colleagues appreciated them too. No-one guessed that there were courgettes in the cake, though I suspect they had a hand in giving the cake its moist quality.  I’ve made a chocolate and date syrup topping before to good effect. For these vegan cupcakes, I replaced the butter with water. It worked astonishingly well and I will be using the recipe again.

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Chocolate Courgette Cupcakes – The Recipe

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Chocolate and Courgette Vegan Cupcakes

Dense but delicious pudding type cakes. They're not too sweet and it's hard to detect the courgette unless you know it's there.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chilli chocolate, courgettes, cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 150 g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 30 g cocoa
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 40 ml sunflower oil
  • tsp cider vinegar
  • 50 ml water
  • 180 g courgettes (zucchini) - grated
  • 100 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp date syrup
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the oil vinegar and water.
  • Stir in the courgettes.
  • Spoon mixture into 12 cupcake cases.
  • Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
  • Melt the chocolate with the date syrup and water in a pan over very low heat.
  • Stir, leave to cool slightly and spread over the cupcakes.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg


  1. Chele

    15th August 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I’m with you on the vegan baking front. It always seems to fly in the face of logic when it all works out for the best lol
    Great looking cupcakes – I think I should come and work with you ;0)


    15th August 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Choc, that’s a useful thing to have in the repertoire – thank you! If you have too many courgettes, please send them to us, as our chickens love them! 😀

  3. The Cottage Garden Farmer

    15th August 2010 at 8:30 pm

    every year I intend to experiment with courgette cake, but never quite get round to it and the chickens end up with the surplus, so this could be the year i try a new recipe, it sounds delicious.

  4. Jacqueline

    15th August 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Puddingy sounds like a good quality to me Choclette. It makes me want to try them immediately 🙂

  5. The InTolerant Chef

    15th August 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Adding the courgettes like this would add sweetness and moisture to the finished cake, what a great idea! I love vegan cakes,they rule out a lot of allergies – egg,dairy, and can be made gluten free easily too. Everybody needs a good one in their repitoire

  6. Made2Order

    15th August 2010 at 11:57 pm

    always good to be challenged.

  7. cityhippyfarmgirl

    16th August 2010 at 3:37 am

    I’d be up for this one I think. I love courgettes, stick it with chocolate…well hello! Great to have vegan/allergy friendly recipes up my sleeve.
    I recently made a beetroot and chocolate cake, which I think was a little more pudding-y as well as opposed to cake-y.

  8. Sushma Mallya

    16th August 2010 at 3:38 am

    i love chocolate cup cakes, and this one looks too good…

  9. The Caked Crusader

    16th August 2010 at 7:35 am

    I need to try courgette in cakes – I love carrot cake, but after my brussell sprout need to rebuild my confidence in baking with veg!

  10. VegBoxBoy

    16th August 2010 at 9:31 am

    Did you take the skin off the courgettes? (and if you didn’t aren’t there big bits of courgette in the cake?). Did you grate them finely?

    Any chance of a pic of the middles? – I’m a bit fascinated by these and courgette seems such a strange thing to be making cakes with. That, and having loads of them myself.


  11. Catherine

    16th August 2010 at 11:24 am

    Mmmm I wouldn’t even feel guilty about eating these since theres veg in them 😉

  12. Choclette

    16th August 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Celia – made a really good courgette cake a couple of years ago but no chocolate involved. If I can lay my hands on the recipe, might try a chocolate version of that one. Hadn’t realised these would be a favourite chicken food – now worried and dare not boast of our great courgette crops for fear of neighbours’ chickens devouring the lot.

    Chele – you are the master cupcake baker so more than happy to have you on board.

    CGF – always worth having a go with surplus veg – surely, though it wouldn’t be good to deprive your chickens completely by the sound of what Celia says.

    Jac – I liked them, but I know some prefer their cake to be light and airy – these weren’t.

    The Intolerant Chef – yes, I’m glad I had to try some vegan baking, it is always useful and I do have friends who prefer not to eat dairy.

    Made2Order – True, especially when it’s self-imposed.

    CityHippy – But did you like your beetroot cake? Mine seemed to be quite popular – I think people like things that are a little unusual.

    Sushma – life would not be as interesting without cake.

    CC – Courgettes are good as they add moistness but no overpowering flavour.

    VBB – no I didn’t peel them. I quite liked the green flecks in the cake. Nor did I grate them that finely either. They do pretty much disappear into the cake as it’s cooking though so no obvious chunks. No pics I’m afraid, but these were rather dense. I’ve made a really nice courgette cake without chocolate in the past and need to see if I can find the recipe again, then I’ll try a chocolate version of that I think.

    Catherine – It’s good to know you can get one of your five a day by eating cake!

  13. Johanna GGG

    17th August 2010 at 10:57 am

    vegetables in baking can add extra flavour – esp in chocolate baking where they will not overwhelm the flavour – I am sure it helped compensate for the loss of flavour from butter and eggs – I would have loved one of those little pudding cakes

  14. Ananda Rajashekar

    17th August 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Have experimented courgette cake with walnuts have loved it, pudding textures attracts me more with those glossy chocolate oh yum yum!:D

  15. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    17th August 2010 at 4:25 pm

    keep seeing courgettes in cup cakes… but are they too un traditional for the Aby Village Show? What might the little old dears think?

  16. nic@nipitinthebud

    17th August 2010 at 6:43 pm

    another successful, not to mention tasty, experiment :o)
    I remember making beetroot and chocolate muffins last year and they worked well using vegetable oil instead of butter.

  17. Choclette

    17th August 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Johanna – thank you, they tasted good, the butter and eggs thing is mostly in my mind I think.

    Ananda – courgettes and walnuts sound good.

    Dom – go on test their reserve with a some courgette – I’m sure they’ll love something a little different really.

    Emmalene – thank you

    Thank you Nic – not so much using the oil but the lack of eggs that worries me.

  18. Choclette

    18th August 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Make Chocolates – Thank you. If only you had an outlet a little nearer I would definitely be attending one of your truffle and tempering sessions.

  19. Kath

    18th August 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I love the way you play around with recipes, you are very inspiring. These sound very lovely and I hope your vegan friend was pleased with them. I like the chocolate and date syrup topping too.

  20. Choclette

    19th August 2010 at 9:41 am

    Thanks Kath, very nice of you to say so. Luckily, they were much appreciated and I have to say the date and chocolate topping works really well.

  21. Lesley

    19th August 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Great minds think alike.Check your e mails.I had already sent you a courgette chocolate cake recipe a week ago, before you made these. (I have always said I am a witch).

  22. Choclette

    19th August 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Oh Lesley, thank you for the reminder. I did clock your recipe and will be making it soon – our courgettes keep on producing and producing ….

  23. oxslip

    20th August 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Have you seen Great British Bake-In on the iPlayer? It was a bit more emotional than I expected, but some interesting decorating even if the cake seemed secondary to some.
    these look good, you know I’m sure that zucchini bread is a bit of a N. American thing like carrot cake, it’s yummy too

  24. Foodycat

    21st August 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Chocolate date syrup sounds like such a wonderful topping! Happy birthday!

  25. Choclette

    22nd August 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Oxslip – yes I couldn’t resist watching this and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might have been. I certainly wasn’t expecting any emotion and would have liked to see everyone’s cakes, not just a selected few. And I was rather put out with the judges having a go at that gorgeously pink raspberry cream.

    Thanks Foodycat – I shall be using that one again – very simple but works well – my ganache always seems to split!


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