Chocolate Courgette Cake

I was at the BBC Good Food Show last week which in the summer runs alongside Gardeners World Live and it was in the Garden Talks tent that I met up with my old friend Jim Butress. We had spent many hours talking about every imaginable subject between takes on Big Allotment Challenge but one thing I could never explain to Jim was preserving. He just didn’t get it. And so whilst I learnt a great many things about gardening, cooking is still a mystery to Mr B.
We spoke, at the show, of gluts, that moment when you and all your friends, have vegetable plots burgeoning with produce and of how preserving those fruits and veg when they are young and fresh is a perfect way to store them for the coming winter.
So we moved on to courgettes, surely the most vexatious of plants as the more you cut, the more they come and when you have a superfluity you can bet your neighbour has one too. Jim asked what I’d do with too many courgettes and I suggested making a few jars of chutney and a batch of compost!
One other delicious way to use those extra courgettes is in this chocolate cake, where this somewhat watery, vegetable adds moistness.
This is a simple cake to make: weigh all the ingredients carefully, melt the chocolate then quickly combine everything making sure the batter is well mixed and bake.
At this time time of year, early June, I bake the mix as a loaf cake for picnics and packed lunches but it can be baked in sandwich tins and made into a layer cake, delicious filled with cream cheese frosting.

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  1. Hi I have been making this cake for many years with such positive compliments but today I went to make it and mislaid your cake book so I googled it and luckily cake across this posting from last week – great timing thank you so much…… Have a great summer

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