Lime and Courgette Cake

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well and have had a lovely weekend. I spent the majority of mine watching Bake Off re-runs on Netflix, which is what led to the inspiration for this post. Now, cooking is not my forte AT ALL, which is why you don't see many recipes on my blog. However, I think this turned out pretty good - I know my presentation is a little skewiff (or 'rustic' as I like to call it) but the cake itself tasted delicious.

You will need:
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 175g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g courgette, grated
  • 400g cream cheese
  • Handful of pistachio nuts, crushed
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Nutella 
  • A dash of milk

  • Preheat your oven to 180°c. Sift your caster sugar into a large bowl, then fold in your eggs and vegetable oil. Once the mixture is nice and creamy, fold in your flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder
  • Stir in your courgette. Then, evenly separate your mixture into two 21cm baking tins
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Once your cakes are cooked, transfer them onto a wire rack to cool
  • For the frosting, beat your cream cheese until it's smooth. Then mix in your icing sugar and lime juice
  • Use half of your frosting to sandwich the two cakes together (level off your bottom cake with a knife if necessary). Then spread the remaining frosting on top. Decorate with the lime zest and crushed pistachios 
  • To make your chocolate, heat 1-2 tbsp of milk in the microwave for a few seconds. Stir in your Nutella until it melts. Then, drizzle over your cake (you can heat up ordinary chocolate for this if you prefer, but Nutella was all I had in the cupboard, so I improvised!)

A slice or two of this is perfect paired with a cup of tea for a mid-morning snack. I know courgette is an unusual ingredient to put in a cake, but trust me, it works! Enjoy x

Recipe adapted from

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