6 In afternoon tea/ cake/ Recipe

Try this moist chocolate courgette brownie recipe

At this time of the year you might be overwhelmed with courgettes / zucchini. I swear that they grow whilst you look at them. Or you might also like the idea of sneaking some vegetables past those reluctant veggie eaters in your family. This easy recipe helps solve both problems. The resulting cake is very moist and really does not need any icing. It is perfect as it is.

Do seek out the very best ingredients you can. Make sure your cocoa powder is 100% cocoa with no added sugar. Unsalted butter and sponge flour seem to make all the difference. Grate the courgette /zucchini as fine as you can too. Having said that, the recipe will stand a bit of adapting.

I find this bakes quickly in a fan oven – in about 20 minutes at 175°C /  350°F. Do keep and eye on it!

The result? A very more-ish cake that you would never know contained vegetables unless you looked very hard! But first of all, I thought I’d share the way I line a round baking tin.

The easy way to cut a circular lining for your baking tin

Fold your greaseproof paper in half, then half again<br /> Fold diagonally and then fold again<br /> Measure against the bottom of tin, placing the point in the middle<br /> Cut along edge at the lowest fold<br /> Unfurl<br /> Snip the bottom of a strip of paper for the sides<br /> Fold up. Place in tin. Place circle on to

Fold your greaseproof paper in half, then half again
Fold diagonally and then fold again
Measure against the bottom of tin, placing the point in the middle
Cut along edge at the lowest fold. Unfurl
Snip the bottom of a strip of paper for the sides. Fold up. Place in tin. Place circle on to tin.

Chocolate Zucchini / Courgette Brownie Recipe

Zucchini Courgette Brownie Recipe
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4.5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Zucchini / Courgette Brownie

This is a wonderfully moist cake that is easy to make. It's deal for using up a glut of vegetables and you'll sneakily be able to get your kids to eat vegetables without them knowing. Use either a square or round tin whatever you have to hand. Courgettes do vary and yours might be more watery than mine meaning it will take longer to cook. It is a brownie so it will be squidgy! You can substitute gluten free flour and or different sugars but again, it could affect how long it takes to cook. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: brownie, Cake, courgette, zucchini
Servings: 8
Author: breadbakerdanielle


  • 3 large eggs (approx 60 gr each)
  • 50 gr good quality cocoa unsweetened
  • 100 gr plain flour superfine or sponge flour if possible
  • 150 gr caster sugar
  • 150 gr unsalted butter
  • 5 gr baking powder 1 teaspoon heaped approx
  • 350 gr courgette / zucchini finely grated


  • Pre-heat the oven to 175C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
  • Grease a square or round cake tin approx 20 cm. Line with greaseproof paper or baking parchment
    Finely Shredded Courgette
  • Either by hand or in a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together until very well mixed and light in texture
  • Using a sieve or tea strainer, sift the cocoa into the sugar and butter mixture
  • Mix well. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time. 
  • Fold in the flour and baking powder. 
    Brownie mixture ready to bake
  • Add the grated courgette / zucchini. Mix lightly
  • Pour into prepared tin and smooth top. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the mixture is set. To test, press the top, if it springs back it is done. Alternatively, use a skewer. Insert and remove the skewer, the mixture should be dry. 
    The cooked brownie
  • Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes or so. Take out of tin and let it cool completely before removing lining paper. 
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Zucchini Courgette Brownie Recipe

Zucchini Courgette Brownie Recipe

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  • Reply
    27/08/2018 at 22:17

    Get your recipe right before sharing it. You haven’t included the eggs.

    • Reply
      28/08/2018 at 08:43

      I’ve fixed the recipe Carole, thanks for pointing that out.

  • Reply
    05/09/2018 at 18:44

    Loved this recipe – thank you! Made a few substitutions – buckwheat flour, coconut sugar and 4 medium eggs. A perfect outcome. Didn’t last long – Will be making more!

    • Reply
      05/09/2018 at 21:22

      So pleased to hear it can be adapted well! Thanks Mary

  • Reply
    05/09/2018 at 18:49

    Tried this out yesterday. Had a little problem because my courgette was a bit watery so I left out the milk, added a little extra flour and cooked for 40 mins. The result is a lovely, squidgy, chocolate brownie. Will definitely be making this again but will drain the courgette first.

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      05/09/2018 at 21:21

      Really good to get feedback! Thank you Chrys

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