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  • Easy
  • Serves 12
  • 90 mins cook

Chocolate courgette fudge cake

Chocolate courgette fudge cake

Chocolate and courgette, who would've thought? This tender courgette fudge cake recipe has a good chocolate flavour, there's no hint of the courgettes. They just help keep the cake moist, while adding some nutritional goodness

Ingredients

Chocolate courgette fudge cake

  • 3 cups grated courgette (approximately 2 large or 3 medium courgettes)
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup apple puree or unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder or granules
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, buttermilk or yoghurt
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate glaze

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp liquid glucose
  • 120 g good dark eating chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence

Steps

Chocolate courgette fudge cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grate the courgettes and set aside. Grease and line the base of a 24-26cm cake tin.
  3. In a bowl, mixer or processor, cream the butter and sugar, then add the apple puree or sauce, instant coffee powder or granules, vanilla essence and eggs and mix lightly. Add the sour cream, buttermilk or yoghurt and mix.
  4. In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the grated courgette, then fold the liquid into the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips, pour into the prepared tin and level the top. The mixture may seem dry at this point but courgettes are around 90 percent moisture so it will become moist as it cooks.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for an hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin before removing.

Chocolate glaze

  1. Heat the butter and glucose in a saucepan or microwave, then remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and vanilla, stirring until completely smooth. Cool slightly before pouring onto the cake. The icing will set quickly once spread.
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