11 Sep 2013

Courgette Cake



So now I live in the sticks I have space; space to play, space to relax, space to grown my own.

And grow I have (I'm using the word "I" loosely...hubby may have done it!)

We've had all sorts of things...

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, apples, rhubarb, peas, string-beans, carrots, lettuce, spinach, sprouts and herbs. But no courgettes!!

Why?...I have no idea...ask the hubs.

Luckily my gal pal, up the lane, has tonnes of them.

She asked me when she should harvest them, I told her to take her fella up there with his measuring stick! Admittedly I didn't really think that one through, now she's given me a bunch of them and I feel all awkward taking my knife to 'em...ouch!! 

Plus...the hubs gets all moody when I compliment Sammy on her impressive courgettes!! Ha!

Anyhoo...slightly off topic, back to business.

Hubs was really please to come home to this delicious delight after a hard day at work.

The smile makes it worthwhile. 
Recipe
Ingredients
250g self-raising flour
250g caster sugar
250g butter (soft)
3 eggs
½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp vanilla
270g grated courgettes

Preheat oven to 180 / 160 fan / GM4
 Grease and line 2x 20cm tins.
 Place all dry ingredients into a bowl.
 Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time making sure each is fully mixed before adding the next.
Add the vanilla and poppy seeds.
Fold in half of the dry ingredients.
Fold in the courgettes.
Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients.
Divide equally between the tins and bake for 25-35mins (depending on how wet your courgettes were)

Lemon-pop Buttercream

100g butter (soft)
200g icing sugar
1-2 tsp lemon juice (dependant on taste)
1 tsp poppy seeds

Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
Add the icing sugar a spoon at a time (avoids sugar clouds)
Add the lemon juice and poppy seeds and whip until fluffy.

Lemon Drizzle
150g icing sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp water

Stir a small amount of liquid into the icing sugar to make a paste
Add the rest of the liquids until you have a good pouring consistency (not too runny)


Place the buttercream on one of the cakes and place the other on top. Drizzle the, er, drizzle, on top letting some of it fall over the edges. Sprinkle on some poppy seeds to finish.

ET VOILA!!

Enjoy the bounty of your harvest.

xx Kat xx

2 comments:

  1. I like the sound of lemon-pop buttercream! Very jealous of your harvest, I can't wait to get a proper garden so I can grow my own. The cake looks lovely, I've never tried courgette cake because the thought of it turns me a bit, but it does look delicious! Perhaps I can be tempted...

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