Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

If you want to have your cake and eat your vegetables too, this Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake is a great solution! Before you ask, no you cannot taste the courgette at all, I promise! My partner hates courgette and he happily ate a slice of this yummy cake. If you are in the US you will know this as Chocolate Zucchini Cake or Zucchini Bread.

What the courgette does is make the cake super moist, and add some hidden nutrition. I’ve also made this cake with coconut sugar and wholemeal flour for some extra goodness. This Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake is still a bit of a treat of course, as it’s got tasty dark chocolate chips throughout, plus a drizzle of dark chocolate on top.

How to make Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake…

In a bowl I stirred together self raising flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, coconut sugar and cocoa powder. I added the grated courgette and dark chocolate chips, and stirred them in.

In another bowl I whisked together the eggs, yoghurt and vegetable oil, then added it to the flour and courgette mix. I combined everything together.

I put the mixture into a lined loaf tin and baked it for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

What is the best way to grate the courgette?

You don’t need to peel courgette before you grate it. I used a box grater and grated it by hand. You can also grate the courgette using a food processor with a grating attachment.

How should the cake be stored and can it be frozen?

The cake should be stored in an airtight container in a cool place, and eaten within 3 days. If you would like to freeze it, you can freeze the whole cake or freeze it in slices. Once it has fully cooled, wrap the cake or slices well in cling film (plastic wrap) and freeze for up to 3 months.

Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

Tips for making the Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake:

  • I used coconut sugar to make this cake, however you can use light brown sugar or caster sugar if you prefer.
  • I also tested this recipe with 150g sugar, I have a big sweet tooth so I preferred the slighter higher amount, but you can use the lesser amount if you want to reduce the sugar.
  • If you want to use all wholemeal flour, you will need to add an extra 1/2 tsp baking powder. If you want to use all self raising flour, you should omit the baking powder.
  • You can use milk or white chocolate chips if you like instead.
Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

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Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

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Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

Super moist chocolate loaf cake with dark chocolate chips and hidden courgette
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: thebakingexplorer


For the cake

  • 65 g Self raising flour
  • 100 g Wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 175 g Coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 35 g Cocoa powder
  • 200 g Courgette grated, one large courgette
  • 100 g Dark chocolate chips
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 100 ml Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 40 g Natural yoghurt

For decoration (optional)

  • 35 g Dark chocolate optional


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the self raising flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder and coconut sugar until well combined
  • Grate the courgette and squeeze it over the sink to release any extra liquid, then add it to the bowl along with the dark chocolate chips, stir everything together
  • In another bowl or large jug, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and yoghurt
  • Pour the egg mixture into the bowl of flour/courgette etc and stir everything together until well combined
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean (I would suggest checking it after 1 hour). Leave to cool fully
  • To decorate, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. To do this, blast it for 30 seconds, stir, then blast in 10 second bursts stirring in between each one until melted. Drizzle it over the cake
  • Store leftovers in an airtight continer in a cool place and eat within 3 days
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Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg

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Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake
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12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. First time baking with courgettes for me, but it really worked and the cake is beautifully moist and not too sweet. Keeps really well too!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh yummy! If only I’d come across this recipe during the summer, when I had a surplus of home-grown courgettes from the garden! This looks like a really indulgent chocolate loaf cake.

  3. 5 stars
    I love how courgette makes chocolate bakes so moist. This loaf cake looks delicious and I’ll be giving it a go soon #CookBlogShare

  4. 5 stars
    Love a cake with hidden veggies in it…shall I tell you something funny, I was scrolling through and reading the recipe and suddenly explained I CAN SEE GREEN, up until that point I’d been impressed there were no green flecks … my kids spot them three miles off … imagine my giggles when I realised it was my cursor hovering over your picture hahahahahahaaaaaa

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