It's similar to carrot cake in taste and a bit like bread pudding in texture. It's delicious.
Most importantly it gives me something different and interesting to do with the billions of courgettes I'm overrun with at the moment.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 250g unsalted butter
- 250g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 350g self raising flour
- juice and zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 350g courgette
- 100g chopped walnuts
- 100g sultanas
- 125g cream cheese
- 50g unsalted butter
- 300g icing sugar
- zest of 1/2 orange
Step 2: Preparation
Grease the sides of a 25cm cake tin and line the bottom with baking paper.
Step 3: Cream the Butter and Sugar
Step 4: Add Eggs
Step 5: Add the Flour, Spice and Orange Juice.
Add the flour and spice to the creamed butter bit by bit, folding it into the butter, sugar and eggs. When it gets too stiff to work, add the orange juice, mix it in then continue adding the rest of the flour.
Step 6: Grate the Courgette
Add the courgette and orange zest to the mixture and stir in well.
Step 7: Nuts and Berries!
Pour the mixture into your greased cake tin.
Step 8: Into the Oven
After an hour check to see if the cake is cooked. If a knife comes out with stuff on it it needs a little longer. Mine was already a nice golden colour on top so I turned the oven down so the cake didn't burn.
Once done allow to cool while you make the icing.
Step 9: Making the Icing
Cream these together until they're a smooth consistency. Add the zest of half an orange.
Sieve in 300g of icing sugar and stir in. If your icing is too dry and requires some extra liquid add a small squeeze of juice from the remaining orange.
Cover and refrigerate until your cake is cool enough to be iced.
Step 10: Ice It!
Devour with a hot cup of tea.
Many thanks to scoochmaroo for the title pic that she sent me.