Cacao and Courgette Cake

Preparation Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 8

Allergy Information: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan


  • 50g Lucy Bee Coconut Oil, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g brown rice flour (or buckwheat or gluten free plain flour)
  • 50g cacao powder
  • 150g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100g plain yoghurt*
  • 1 egg*
  • 100g courgette, grated and squeezed courgette, with any liquid squeezed out
  • 100ml hot water
  • 100g 80% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. Lucy Bee Coconut Oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F, gas mark 3.
  2. Grease a loaf tin with Lucy Bee Coconut Oil.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, cacao powder, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the Lucy Bee Coconut Oil, yoghurt, egg and the courgette and mix this all together.
  6. Finally add the hot water and stir until everything is combined. Pour into the prepared cake tin. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then place it on a wire rack.
  8. Place a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add the chocolate and Lucy Bee Coconut Oil to the bowl and gently melt, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  9. Pour the ganache over the top of the cooled cake and let it set before decorating - we added edible flowers but you could use chocolate shavings, pistachios or whatever takes your fancy.
  10. *TIP: To make this cake vegan or dairy free, swap the yoghurt to a suitable vegan yoghurt and use half of a mashed banana instead of the egg, making sure the chocolate is also vegan.


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