Thursday, May 26, 2016

The best vegan chocolate courgette (zucchini) cake

To claim something as the best is a big claim. It is especially grandiose when you do so without any official contest, judging or rankings! However, this cake is so good that I have allowed myself the title. I have previously shared chocolate courgette muffins, and a whole host of apple courgette baked goods, but this cake is in a category all of its own. It is moist, fudgy and rich but also light in texture. Mr Bite loved it as much as me, even after hearing it had a vegetable in it (you really can't tell).

I think the secret to the cake is middle-ground moderation. Many chocolate courgette cakes are just chocolate cakes with some added vegetable - a bonus, sure, but they are still very high in sugar and oil. Then you have the category that is sugar/oil free or very low in those ingredients. As my recipe page highlights, I'm a big fan of those made-over baked goods myself. However, sometimes I want a cake that tastes like an old-fashioned, fully-fledged, not made-over cake. This one does that. It has less sugar and oil than the recipe I adapted it from, but enough that you won't notice the reduction.

It may be my new favourite cake, and I can say with some confidence I will be making it again!

Chocolate courgette (zucchini) cake
The best vegan chocolate cake!
Makes one large square cake to serve 12

Author: Bite-sized thoughts, adapted from the non-vegan 'Best chocolate courgette cake' on All Recipes

For the cake
250g plain flour
300g caster sugar
65g cocoa powder
2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Egg replacer to the equivalent of 4 eggs (I used Orgran powder, but substitute flax egg / chia egg if you prefer)
125ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
250ml (1 cup) non-dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
Approximately 350g / 2 medium courgettes (zucchini), grated

For the icing
220g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
30g cocoa powder
4 tbsp non-dairy spread / margarine
4 tbsp non-dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)

For the cake
Preheat your oven to 180' C (355'F) and prepare a large square baking tin.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the egg replacer mix, oil and non-dairy milk and mix well. Fold in the courgette and then pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 42 to 50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 

Cool cake completely before icing.

For the icing
Combine all icing ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixers until smooth and creamy. Spread over the cake.

Do you have a current favourite cake?


  1. I totally agree about moderation. It's amazing how many people think that because it has vegetables in it, you can eat as much as you want.

    1. And ditto the reverse - that you have to completely avoid foods with 'occasional' ingredients in them!

  2. It looks like an excellent cake esp with that soft fudgy icing! And chocolate and zucchini is a great combination - I have tried the zucchini brownies from fat free vegan and they are amazing!

  3. I do love a courgette chocolate cake and often make both a vegetarian and vegan version - in fact my nephew has been begging me to make some but I have said that I will wait for the courgette season. I do love your soft fudgy icing, I've covered mine in the past with vegan buttercream.

    1. Waiting until the middle of courgette season is wise - I think that will give me a good excuse to make another cake :-)

  4. This one is right up my alley - chocolate, but not too naughty. Love it.

  5. Any cake that I can use to claim contains one of my five a day sounds good to me! I've tried a couple of courgette cakes before and really enjoyed them, and I reckon a chocolate version sounds pretty special!

    1. Vegetables in dessert do always seem a particular win ;)

  6. I love how easy it is to sneak zucchini into desserts! This cake looks so yummy :D

  7. It sure looks delicious! Yum! I think you can claim it as the best ;)

  8. I can't believe how rich and delicious this cake looks!
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