Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Marrow & Chocolate Cake

As requested, adapted from a Co-op recipe...


Cream together 150g butter/marg with 100g soft brown sugar (recipe said 150g). Then mix in 1 tsp vanilla essence & 2 tbsp cocoa powder. The mixture should be light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, weigh out 250g self-raising flour & 1 tsp baking powder.

Gradually add 2 large eggs to the creamed mixture along with a little of the flour to help absorb the liquid. (I used 3 small eggs instead)

Then mix in the rest of the flour, 2 tbsps of milk and approximately 200g of grated, peeled & de-seeded marrow/courgette/zucchini. (I was overly enthusiastic and added 250g- it worked out fine!)


If you're making it as a loaf cake, cook at 180 degrees centigrade/Gas Mark 4 for approximately 50 mins. Alternatively fairy cakes would take 15-20 mins.

It was very moist & very chocolatey.

The recipe declared that it was best eaten fairly swiftly but that it did freeze well. After we'd tried a slice each we decided that eating it 'fairly swiftly' wasn't going to be a problem....(freezing it- well I'd probably have to make another cake to test that theory...)

12 comments:

marigold jam said...

Oh thank you - must print that out and give it a go as it looks and sound delicious. Thanks again for the recipe.

Rachel said...

Definitely a page to be bookmarked! Thank you..

ALoadofOldTat said...

That cake sounds great and I do love using veg in my cakes.

Su said...

Looks one to definitely try - thanks ;-)

Mrs. Micawber said...

We love chocolate zucchini cake. Have you ever tried grating and freezing marrows? They exude amazing amounts of water when thawed, but it is another way of storing them.

I see that "Make Lemon Curd" is on your 2012 list of goals. If you haven't done it yet, here's a recipe I really like (from The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Berenbaum):

http://www.plover.net/~ctate/lemon-curd.html

(For guaranteed perfect results she suggests using a thermometer and cooking the curd to exactly 196º F.)

Marrows are wonderful in muffins too - and we like them sliced on pizzas. Another favourite dish is a simple, quick sauté of sliced marrows with onions in olive oil, topped with shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley. This can be served over pasta or grain, or just eaten as is.

(Sorry I seem to be writing a cookbook here!)

Gillian said...

Yum, thanks for sharing. I probably would not buy marrow but courgettes, of course, they could be used too. Definitely one to try.

Babajeza said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe. There is a huge marrow in my fridge ... And chocolate brightens up a day.

Very Berry Handmade said...

I love marrow baked with tomatoes and lots of parmesan (a bit like parmigiana but with marrow instead of aubergine), but this looks so yummy I might save a marrow to make cake with. A much underrated vegetable in my opinion... and so easy to grow!

Emily said...

That looks great! I've got a load of beautiful yellow courgettes from my allotment and I'm thinking I might be forced to make this (purely for the children, you understand...)
I've just read through your 'list for 2012' and saw that lemon curd is on it - I just tried making curd for the first time ever - it was gooseberry curd with fruit from the allotment, and it was delish. It was a bit of a faff, but well worth it if you ever have a load of goosegogs. Have you come across the website 'allotment.org'? They've got some great recipes on there if you're ever stuck with a giant marrow again!
Emily x

Stitchybritt said...

This reminds me of a chapter of Barbara Kingsolver's book 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' in which she is trying to get rid of a glutton of zucchinis and so sneakily grates them into all sorts of foods including chocolate cake and peanut butter sandwiches! It's a highly amusing read... one of my most favourite books.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Sorry no time to comment, need to copy this quickly and rush out to get a marrow ;D

Thank you for sharing :D

Thrifty Household said...

Marrows can be a little 'overwhelming' so I'm always up for another marrow recipe! Seeing your lemon curd comments has reminded me that I need to update the wish list...thanks for all the tips.

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