Courgette Chocolate Cake with Chilli Ganache

IMG_2384A decadent fudgey chocolate cake with a kick!  This is a proper chocolate cake for adults, not too sweet with plenty of dark bitter chocolate and a rich chocolate ganache that complementary chilli heat.  What’s more it uses up loads of your surplus courgettes. What could possibly be better?

…well, you could spilt it in 2 and add a strawberry or lime cream cheese 🙂

Makes a 24cm Cake


  • 375g Golden Granulated Sugar
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 70g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 medium Eggs
  • 350ml Vegetable Oil
  • 350g Courgette, grated
  • 100g Walnuts, roughtly chopped
  • 1 portion of  Chilli Chocolate Ganache


  • Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the centre
  • Add the oil, eggs and vanilla extract and beat well until smooth
  • Add the courgette and walnuts and mix again
  • Line a deep 24cm cake tin with greaseproof paper and pour in the batter
  • Bake in a preheated oven, 160oC Fan, for about an hour until firm
  • Test with a skewer, but remember the courgette will keep this moist and the cake should have a slight fudgey consistency
  • Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out on to a wire rack to cool fully
  • Pour over the Chilli Chocolate Ganache and smooth over with a palette knife


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sophie33 says:

    I made it with courgettes from my own garden but used white & wholegrain spelt flour in here! It was fab & just so Amazing too!

    1. Sounds great Sophie. I love Spelt flour, but the lack of gluten can make it quite tricky. I suspect courgettes and spelt might give you quite a dense loaf if you don’t work that dough hard!

      1. Sophie33 says:

        No, it is justvrifht with 50/50 white spelt flour & 50 wholemeal spekt flour, .’.I do that all the time,…you can find many spelt recipes on my blog! 😉

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