Chocolate, Courgette and Almond Traybake

A cake made with courgette might sound unusual, but the courgette gives the cake a lovely moist texture. This recipe uses dark chocolate and almonds, the dark chocolate makes it deliciously rich the almonds add a beautiful slightly nutty crunch.

We always have a glut of courgettes at this time of year, the more you pick the faster they seem to grow! I found out last year that you can freeze grated courgette without blanching them. We grate and weigh out a few extra 225g portions and pop in the freezer ready to make this delicious cake again later in the year.

Chocolate, Courgette and Almond Traybake


200g/7oz Plain Flour

1 tsp Baking powder

½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

115g/4oz Caster sugar

170ml/6floz Vegetable oil

2 Large eggs, beaten

225g/8oz Courgettes, grated

170g/6oz Plain chocolate

60g/2oz Sliced Almonds


  1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4
  2. Line and grease a 25cm x 25cm baking tray
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt together in a bowl
  4. Add the eggs and the oil to the dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Squeeze as much of the liquid out of the courgette as possible, using a clean tea-towel
  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 10 seconds until melted.
  7. Add the melted chocolate and the grated courgette to the bowl, and stir well.
  8. Pour the mixture into the cake tin
  9. Bake for approx 50 minutes.

I was planning to add a cream cheese frosting but ran out of time before heading off to our picnic, I think the cream cheese frosting would really compliment the rich nutty taste of the cake.



chocolate courgette almond cake traybake

Chocolate Traybake with courgette and almond


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By | 2016-08-30T23:51:04+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Recipes, Seasonal Inspiration, Simple Living|10 Comments


  1. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins September 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I love adding vegetables to bakes and have made a courgette and lemon cake which we all loved. I am definitely going to have to try this one! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    • Hannah Tasker September 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      We havent done much before, but its brilliant for helping the childrens veg intake and using up a glut. Courgettes are so easy to grow too. Ive found your courgette and lemon recipe, it sounds really nice, thanks for hosting 🙂

  2. jenny paulin September 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    i have added courgettes to cakes before but never a brownie – and now i am thinking i should try it. your brownies look amazing and such a great way to not waste your produce, and sneak some extra goodness into your family xx

    • Hannah Tasker September 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      I am a bit courgette mad at the moment, they are getting thrown in everything, soon to be replaced by apples and tomatos as they are coming into season! I have courgette cake on our list of things to bake in the next few days xx

  3. Kat (The Baking Explorer) September 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    This looks and sounds delicious! I love courgette in baking it makes such a moist cake.

    • Hannah Tasker September 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 We haven’t done much baking with courgette before this year, but this is definitley my favourite way to eat courgette, its just a shame its not the healthiest!

  4. Simon September 7, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, it tased delicious we need more!!!

  5. Esther @ Inside Out & About September 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    This looks so delicious Hannah! My mum gave us three ginormous courgettes at the end of last summer and we honestly had courgette everything! It’s amazing how versatile they are and your tray bake looks so tasty! I love nuts too! xx

    • Hannah Tasker September 28, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      Its the first time we have used them in desserts, but they have been fab. Im determined not to waste any so they are appearing in almost everything, haha! Thank you 🙂

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