Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake

I thought I should really kick this blog off with something chocolatey as you cannot go wrong with chocolate, well at least in my eyes you can’t. 🙂 First time I baked this Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake was last September when children were going back to school and to commiserate the end of summer. Well what can I say, it definitely softened the blow, everybody loved it…

I must warn you from the start though, this cake is not even remotely healthy, sorry. πŸ™ Ok, it does contain a vegetable plus substantial amount of good quality dark chocolate so maybe a bit. Ok, let’s say a bit! πŸ™‚ What it is for sure though, is super moist, fudgey and oh so chocolatey! This really is one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten!

Useful tips when baking Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake!

  1. Courgette (zucchini) contains a lot of water so once grated pop it onto a sieve over the sink and try to squeeze as much liquid out of it as possible.
  2. Make sure you start checking on your cake about 10 minutes before the end of recommended baking time. Baking time will be strictly related to the size of your tin. Do your first toothpick test and if not clean, give your cake another 5-10 min and check again. Repeat if necessary. If you are using similar cake size to mine (25 cm round springform tin), it should take approx 50-55 min for the cake to be ready.
  3. When you start adding dry ingredients alternating with yogurt/cream, make sure you ONLY mix until the ingredients are incorporated. DO NOT overmix as this will result in a denser cake.
  4. Get baking!

Recipe adapted from Moje Wypieki

If you’re a fan of seasonal bakes then take a look at some of my other Summery bakes like these White Chocolate & Almond Blondies with Raspberries or Easy Strawberry Yogurt Cake. My Wholesome Banana Bread is also a perfect bake to use up those cheeky overripe bananas lurking in your fruit bowl no matter the time of year! πŸ™‚

Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

This super easy and "not so good for you" cake is super moist, fudgey and oh so chocolatey. It's time to get baking!

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: chocolate cake, courgettes, zucchini
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 477 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 115 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 250 g (1 1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) sour cream or plain full fat yogurt
  • 300 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 340 g (approx 2-2 1/2 cups) grated courgette (zucchini) don’t peel it before grating, if using overgrown courgettes you might want to discard the seeds (no need to do this when using young, small ones)
  • 60 g (1/3 cup) dark chocolate chips or roughly chopped dark chocolate
  • 100 g (2/3 cup) dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter
  1. All the ingredients should be at room temperature. Sieve flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and put aside.
  2. Mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and continue mixing. Gradually add oil and vanilla.
  3. Add sieved dry ingredients in three parts alternating with sour cream/yogurt. Mix only until all the ingredients are incorporated, do not over mix. Add courgette and chocolate chips and mix gently.
  4. Put the mixture in 25cm springform baking tin (or equivalent) lined with baking paper and bake for approx 50-55 mins at 160C/320F/Gas Mark 3 until the toothpick comes out clean. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool before spreading chocolate ganache.

  5. For ganache put butter and chopped dark chocolate in a pan on low heat and mix until melted and combined. Cool slightly, spread onto your cake and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Calories are approximate per slice and a guideline only.

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Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie and Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy

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  • Reply TurksWhoEat

    I love chocolate zucchini bread but this cake version looks even better!!!

    August 2, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you 😊 That is chocolate heavy stuff but oh so good!

      August 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Nat @ Intolerant Gourmand

    Love a chocolate courgette cake, always a favourite in our house, and this one looks delish! πŸ™‚ Natx #cookblogshare

    August 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Nat! Same here which is funny really as I’m the only one who likes courgettes as a veg. My hubby and two boys cannot stand it. The best bit is when my 6 year old helps me make the cake and adds grated courgette to the mix with utter disgust saying “It’s really weird I can’t taste it mummy but it’s a good thing” πŸ˜‰x

      August 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Corina

    I would love to try this out on my family! My husband hates courgettes and only one of my children sometimes eats them so it would be an interesting experiment. It sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

    August 3, 2017 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      I promise you, they will be none the wiser, unless they see you bake it! All the courgette does here is help to keep this cake moist and it does it well! πŸ™‚ x

      August 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Wow this cake looks and sounds totally scrumptious and I definitely think it counts as healthy if it contains a vegetable AND dark chocolate, I mean it’s practically a superfood, no? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for linking it up to #CookBlogShare! Eb x
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    August 5, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    This looks sooooo delicious Jo! I have to admit that I’ve never tried caugetter cake before, but hearing your words of it being super moist and fudgey (and super chocolately – always a winner!) I know it’d be popular with our family! Pinning.
    Angela x
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    August 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    This looks delicious! I’ve baked with courgette before and loved it, but never thought of adding chocolate!

    August 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Jacqui

    Ive pinned to try later. I keep meaning to make a courgette cake and this looks like a great one.
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    August 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)

    This look sooooo good! I’ll have to give it a try , yummy!


    August 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery

    Ooh yum! I love a courgette cake & this one looks amazing – who doesn’t love chocolate! x

    August 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Ryan Bridges

    Wow now that just looks incredible! I love courgette cake but never added chocolate before! I must try it, thanks for sharing this!

    August 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Katie Bryson

    I love how moist courgettes make cakes, it’s such a lovely ingredient to bake with! Thanks so much for entering your recipe in Simple and in Season xxx
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    September 2, 2017 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Christine Smith

    Tried this last week, it is delicious!.. being coeliac I used gluten-free flour which can make dry, crumbly cakes, but I added zantham gum and a little glycerine and it stayed moist until we finished it … lovely cake or pudding … thankyou!

    August 22, 2018 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the cake Christine, it really is music to my ears. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the tip on how to make it gluten free without the loss of moisture too. πŸ™‚

      August 22, 2018 at 7:57 pm

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