Friday, 7 June 2013

Recipe: courgette, lemon and lime cake

Courgette, lemon & lime cake, as made by EJ
Recently, whenever I've baked something new, I immediately decide it's my favourite - the list of favourites is getting pretty long now, but this cake might actually top it. It ticks all the boxes for me - not too sweet, a light courgette sponge infused with a sharp lemon drizzle - and a creamy, cooling, lime cream cheese filling. The burst of citrus in the drizzle beautifully contrasts with the courgette and cream cheese. I love this cake because it's not overwhelming - it's well balanced and is just as suited to a cup of tea at 11am as it would be served as a dessert.

The cake is topped with grated courgette infused with a lemon drizzle, generously sprinkled with caster sugar.

2 eggs
225g self raising flour
175g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
50g muscovado sugar
100g finely grated courgette
1/2 finely grated zest of an unwaxed lemon

For the drizzle:
2tbs coarsely grated courgette
2tbs muscovado sugar
The juice of one lemon

For the filling:
25g butter (softened)
125g cream cheese
150g icing sugar
Finely grated zest of 1/2 an unwaxed lime
1/4tsp lime juice

Pre-heat the oven to 170C (fan), line and oil a 20cm round cake tin.

Drain excess liquid off the grated courgette in a sieve, place this to one side while you prepare the rest of the cake.

Mix the rest of the cake ingredients together using an electric mixer until you have a smooth batter. Stir the grated courgette through.

Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake on the middle shelf for 45 minutes (or until cooked through).

As the cake is cooking, prepare the drizzle- heat the sugar, lemon juice and grated courgette in a pan until the juice and sugar have dissolved into a syrup.

Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pour the drizzle over the cake while it's still warm and spread the grated courgette across the top of the cake.

Allow to cool completely before filling

To fill the cake:

Use a cake wire to split the cake horizontally into two layers.

Blend the cream cheese, butter and icing sugar together with the lime juice and zest until light and fluffy.

Generously spread the cream cheese icing onto the lower layer of the cake and sandwich the two layers together.

Sprinkle the top of the cake with lots of caster sugar to finish

Enjoy :)

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