Homegrown Treasures Time To Harvest (Part 8) - Courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting

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Courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting

·         Cuts into 12 slices

·         Prep 10 mins

·         Cook 50 mins

Ingredient

For the cake

·         350g/12oz courgettes (no need to peel them)

·         200g/7oz soft brown sugar

·         125ml/4fl oz sunflower oil

·         3 large eggs, lightly beaten

·         Grated zest 1 orange

·         1 tsp vanilla extract

·         100g/4oz sultanas

·         300g/11oz self-raising flour

·         1 tsp baking powder

Description: Courgettes

Courgettes

For the frosting

·         200g/7oz full-fat cream cheese

·         100g/4oz icing sugar, sifted

·         Good grating of orange zest

Recipe

1.    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly oil and line a 1kg loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment. Finely grate the courgettes, then squeeze out as much liquid as you can with your hands (too much will make the cake soggy).

2.    Stir the courgettes with the sugar, sunflower oil, eggs, orange zest, vanilla and sultanas, then fold in the flour and baking powder until they disappear, but don’t overmix.

3.    Scrape the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 mins until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

4.    Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with the icing sugar (don’t overbeat as this can make the mixture too soft), then chill. Spread over the cooled cake, scatter with the zest and chill until ready to serve. Will keep for a week in the fridge.

Per serving 391 Kcals, Protein 5g, Carbs 49g, Fat 20g, Sat Fat 7g, Fiber 2g, Sugar 31g, Salt 0.5g

Description: If you like carrot cake, you’ll love this

If you like carrot cake, you’ll love this

About courgettes

Homegrown courgettes, picked and cooked straight away, taste completely different to shop-bought. They are firmer and have more flavour, provided that you pick them before they grow too big.

Their mild taste means they are also a good carrier of flavours, and work well with Mediterranean favourites like basil, tomatoes, olives, capers, feta and houmous. They’re also excellent cooked with spices – prawn & courgette curry is a particular favourite

It is surprising how quickly courgettes can grow, so if you have any that are starting to get too large, remove them from the plant as soon as possible and turn them into Courgette & ginger marmalade (below).

Sadly, like tomatoes, courgettes don’t freeze that well because of their high water content – try freezing them slightly undercooked in a tomato sauce.

Description: It is surprising how quickly courgettes can grow

It is surprising how quickly courgettes can grow

 
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