Thursday 1 August 2013

Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

You can just imagine the look on hubbies face when he walked into the kitchen with chocolate, flour and grated courgettes on the kitchen side whilst I was getting stuck in!  A work colleague had been left home alone to take care of the house and amazing garden as it the meantime, the courgette plants started breeding like anything- yes! We were kindly presented with courgettes (all colours) and marrows on a daily basis for around 2 weeks, so I thought I would give the little beauties a go in this wonderful chocolate courgette loaf. It was absolutely amazing! I was thinking hubby would be a bit unsure, but it seemed to have gone down well! 

It was a beautiful texture and the chocolate i'm sure must have helped!
(Recipe adapted from
(This recipe easily makes 2 medium loaf tins worth of cake!)

250g plain flour
375g caster sugar
60g good quality cocoa powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 medium eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
350ml vegetable oil
340g grated courgettes
75g chopped dark chocolate

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.  Grease and line a 20x30cm baking tin/loaf pan
2) In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon (if using)
3) Add the eggs and oil and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Fold in the courgettes and chopped chocolate until well distributed.
4) Pour the mixture into the baking tin
5) Bake for 50-60minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
6) Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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