Chocolate and courgette cake
Serves: 8-10 servings
  • Chocolate cake:
  • 1 medium courgette, coarsely grated
  • 90g buckwheat flour (2/3 cup)
  • 30g arrowroot (1/4 cup)
  • 30g raw cacao powder (1/4 cup)
  • 100g ground almonds (1 cup)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 120ml maple syrup (1/2 cup)
  • 80ml olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • 80ml almond milk (1/3 cup)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate and coconut frosting:
  • 250ml coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • raw cacao nibs for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan)
  2. Grease and line two 8" round cake tins.
  3. Wash and coarsely grate your courgette and set aside.
  4. In a bowl whisk together buckwheat flour, arrowroot, cacao powder, ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a different bowl whisk together egg, maple syrup, olive oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla. Add to the dry mix and stir together until well combined. Sit for couple of minutes for the mixture to thicken.
  6. Finally fold in the grated courgette.
  7. Spoon the mixture into your prepared tins, level the surface and bake for about 20 min or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven once ready and let it cool down for 5 min before turning onto a wire rack and leave to cool down completely.
  9. To make the chocolate and coconut frosting chop the dark chocolate and put into a small bowl.
  10. In a pan mix the coconut cream with coconut flour and heat on a low fire until it comes to a boiling point.
  11. Pour over the chopped chocolate and stir until all melted.
  12. Add the maple syrup and leave to cool down a bit. Transfer to a fridge to set into a spreadable consistency.
  13. To assemble the cake place your first layer onto a cake stand and spread half of the frosting on top. Top with the other layer, spread the rest of the frosting and top with some raw cacao nibs.
  14. Store in a fridge for 2-3 days.
  15. Enjoy!
Recipe by Nirvana Cakery at