Courgette, Lime and Blueberry Cake

This courgette, lime and blueberry cake is the perfect cake for spring. Packed with courgettes (or zucchini if you’re across the pond), topped with a zingy lime glaze and bright pops of fresh blueberry this makes for the ideal cake for for the new season of alfresco dining.

Bundt cake on a wire cake stand, the cake has white frosting running down the sides of the cake. The top is decorated with fresh blueberries and daffodils.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll love a carrot cake. You can’t go wrong, it’s a classic staple of coffee shops everywhere. If this sounds like you you’re going to love the carrot cakes fun and bright twin, the courgette cake! That’s right, those long green bad boys are just as delicious when grated into a cake as they are in a creamy pasta sauce or a warming ratatouille. Paired with a hit of lime zest and punchy blueberries this cake is absolutely perfect for all your picnics in the sun. It was made to be enjoyed outside. With a cup of tea, coffee or an ice cold glass of wine. Are you drooling? I’m drooling.

Now, I know there’s going to be veg in cake nay sayers. I promise, pinky swear, that you can not taste the courgette in this cake. It simply adds a wonderful texture and moisture to the cake that is just unbeaten. Try it, you’ll never look back!

Courgette, lime and blueberry cake on a wire cake stand. Some slices have been removed from the plate. Fresh daffodils are scattered on the table

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO NEED:

  • Vegetable Oil – Any flavourless oil will do here. Don’t use Olive Oil, the flavour is too strong.
  • Caster Sugar – Fine granulated sugar used in baking. Never use normal granulated, the grains are too large and won’t dissolve while creaming the sugar and fat together.
  • Eggs Medium, free range and at room temperature.
  • Lime Zest – From 1 fresh lime
  • Self Raising Flour – This is flour with added raising agent. If you use plain flour make sure to add 1tsp baking powder.
  • Courgettes – Courgettes, zucchinis, whatever you call them just grate it up and you’re good to go. Smaller courgettes are sweeter than their bigger brothers so keep that in mind when you’re buying.
  • Blueberries – Fresh blueberries here, the courgettes already have a lot of water in there you don’t want more coming from frozen berries.
  • Icing Sugar – Also known as powdered sugar.
  • Lime Juice – Squeezed from the lime you zested earlier.
Close up of a slice of cake on a small glass plate, blueberries are scattered on the table.

Tips for making Courgette, Lime and Blueberry Cake:

  • Can I use a different shaped bundt tin? – You can use any shape bundt tin you like, even those fancy pants Nordicware numbers. Just make sure to grease every nook and cranny so your cake doesn’t stick.
  • Can I bake this in a round tin? – You can use a 8″ springform tin and bake for around 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the fattest part of the cake comes out clean.
  • Can I make this into a layer cake – If you’d like to make this into a layer cake, double the recipe and bake in 2 9″ round tins and bake for 30-35 minutes. Fill with your favourite buttercream recipe and some lime curd if you’re feeling extra.
  • What size courgettes should I use? – I like to use small courgettes in baking as they taste sweeter. If your courgettes are particularly large and juicy you might want to squeeze some of the excess water out of them. I never do but the extra water makes for quite a dense cake (which I love). If you want it a bit lighter, pop them in a colander and give em a squeeze before you add them to the batter!
  • Can I substitute the blueberries? – As with all of my recipes you can sub these out for any berry you like.
  • Can I use frozen blueberries? – Yes, no need to defrost. Just throw them in frozen.
  • Can I freeze this cake? – You can freeze the un-iced cake for up to 3 months. Just wrap in a double layer of cling film.

More Bundt Cake Recipes:

Slice of courgette, lime and blueberry cake on a small glass plate with a cake fork resting on the side.
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Courgette, Lime and Blueberry Cake


Ingredients

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For the Cake:

  • 150ml vegetable oil, plus extra to grease
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 medium, free range eggs
  • 1tbsp lime zest from 1 lime
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 200g grated courgette, around 1 large courgette
  • 150g fresh blueberries

For the Glaze:

  • 150g icing sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1tbsp water
  • blueberries and lime zest to decorate

Instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 175C and grease a bundt tin with a little oil. Lightly dust the cavity with flour and knock out the excess. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the oil, sugar, eggs and lime zest. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.  Stir the grated courgette and blueberries through the batter and pour into the prepared bundt tin.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes until lightly golden or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before upending onto a wire rack to remove from the tin. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

For the Glaze:

  1. In a bowl mix together the icing sugar, lime juice and 1tbsp of water. You want the glaze to be thick but liquid enough to drip down the sides of the cake, add a tiny splash more water if needed.
  2. Drizzle over the cake and decorate with extra blueberries and a sprinkle of lime zest.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Courgette, Cake, Lime, Blueberry, Bundt

10 Comments

  1. March 23, 2022 / 6:28 pm

    Love love this cake! Just bursting with flavor and its so moist too! Definitely making this again!

  2. Nicola
    March 23, 2022 / 8:05 pm

    This sounds wonderful! What a fun flavour combo

  3. March 23, 2022 / 8:34 pm

    I had some blueberries lying around that I needed to use. I made this cake on Monday and it is nearly gone. SO good!

  4. Jessica
    March 23, 2022 / 9:05 pm

    I think I know what I’m serving for Easter dessert!!! This cake not only sounds amazing but is beautiful. I love the hidden veggies in it. Can’t wait to try!!

  5. Andrea
    March 24, 2022 / 2:44 am

    not only is this cake delicious, but it is incredibly pretty and aesthetically pleasing! so good!

  6. March 24, 2022 / 8:13 pm

    beautiful cake and wonderful flavour pairing. Your photos are so pretty!

  7. March 24, 2022 / 9:14 pm

    What a beautiful cake! Blueberries are my favorite but I’ve never had them in cake, can’t wait to try them.

  8. Amanda
    March 25, 2022 / 3:43 pm

    Loved the flavors in this cake! Perfect for springtime and I’m planning on making it for Easter too! Thanks!

  9. Katie Youngs
    March 26, 2022 / 2:14 pm

    This cake is as delicious as it is beautiful. It’s perfect for Easter brunch!

  10. April 4, 2022 / 6:23 am

    I’ve never made a cake with courgettes so this is going to be something new for me!

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