Tom Kerridge's courgette cake

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Tom Kerridge courgette cake
Tom Kerridge courgette cake
  • Serves: 8

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Courgette cake is a lovely treat if you fancy something different, and Tom Kerridge has just the perfect way to make a mouthwatering courgette cake recipe. It will take you just 10 mins to make this courgette cake recipe, and another 50 mins to bake it - so you will have a delicious courgette cake ready to be devoured in one hour! A slice of this courgette cake contains 365 calories, so this courgette cake recipe is a healthy treat that won't break the diet. Tom Kerridge says: 'Like the carrots in a carrot cake, courgette keeps this delicious cake lovely and moist. A light cream cheese and lime icing provides a refreshing contrast. The cake will keep in the fridge for a couple of days just bring it to room temperature before serving to enjoy it at its best.'


  • Sunflower oil spray
  • 250g half-fat margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • Finely grated zest of 2 limes
  • 200g courgettes, grated
For the icing
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp light cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
To finish
  • Grated zest of 1 lime


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/gas 4. Spray a 900g (2lb) non-stick loaf tin with a few sprays of oil.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric hand whisk and large bowl, cream together the margarine, caster sugar and sweetener until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground cardamom together over the mixture, add the vanilla seeds and lime zest and fold in gently, using a spatula, until just combined. Lastly, fold in the grated courgettes.
  4. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin and gently level the surface. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 5060 minutes. To test, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake: it should come out clean; if not give it a little longer.
  5. Once cooked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the icing, in a bowl, whisk the icing sugar, cream cheese and lime juice together until smoothly combined.
  7. Spread the icing on top of the cake and sprinkle with the lime zest. Cut into 8 thick slices to serve.
Tom Kerridge has lost an impressive 12 stone - check out his weight loss advice!

Extract taken from Lose Weight for Good by Tom Kerridge (Absolute, 22), out now. Photography Cristian Barnett.

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 365(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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