Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake

Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake

The moment that you announce you have a tiny human on the way, is the moment that people suddenly have a lot of questions for you. They vary from the politely inquisitive (When are you due? How are you feeling?!), to the very personal (Were you trying to get pregnant?!), and everything in between (Names? Boy or girl?). Then there is the classic “Do you have any cravings?”.

Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake- Emma's Little Kitchen Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake- Emma's Little Kitchen

Well, if it wasn’t obvious where I was going with this, I have been craving CHOCOLATE. Nothing too insane (discounting the time I ate almost an entire 200g bar of Dairy Milk in one sitting… oops), but I am pretty much eating chocolate in some form every day. To try and make things a little healthier for me and the babe, I have been trying to come up with ways to make my chocolate consumption a little more nutritious. That is how I came up with this beautiful Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake.

Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake- Emma's Little Kitchen

My friend Emma made me my first Chocolate & Courgette Cake a couple of summers ago. I was dubious from the sound of it, but it was incredible! The courgette makes the cake so unbelievably moist, and surprisingly, the almost tasteless courgette really shines! I wanted to make my cake wholegrain, and if possible reduce the refined sugar to the absolute minimum. So this cake is made with 100% wholewheat pastry flour, organic raw honey, and olive oil. Good grains, better sugars and good fats- win! It is not the sweetest chocolate cake, but it is potent in its chocolateyness and very rich- sort of like eating dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. I found that this also means I only need a smaller slice to satisfy that craving!

Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake- Emma's Little Kitchen

It comes together quickly too, mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry, combine and bake!  I topped the icing with some sliced almonds, mainly for aesthetic reasons, but the texture is very pleasing. I hope you give this one a try, you will fall in love- promise! If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, here are some other healthier chocolate recipes from the World Wide Web that I will be baking up in the next few weeks:

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Oat Bars from Ambitious Kitchen.

Wholegrain Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies from Texanerin.

Nut & Seed Bars with Chocolate Ganache from Running on Real Food

Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake- Emma's Little KitchenEnjoy!

Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake
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This gorgeous chocolate courgette cake tastes more indulgent than it is! Made with whole wheat flour, olive oil and sweetened with honey, it is a treat you can feel good about!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • Cake:
  • ¾ cup olive oil (180ml)
  • 1 cup good quality honey (250ml)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk greek yoghurt (180ml)
  • 2 cups wholewheat pastry flour (290g)
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ (90g) cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (90g) good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups courgettes, grated (about 2 medium courgettes)
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • handful of sliced almonds (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  2. Grease a 9inch spring form cake tin
  3. Combine olive oil, honey and vanilla in a large bowl (this job will be easier using a cake mixer if you have one!)
  4. Once combined, stir in the eggs and greek yoghurt, set aside.
  5. In a second large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder making sure to break up any clumps with a fork or the back of a spoon
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stir until just combined, fold in the courgettte and chocolate chips
  7. Pour the batter into cake tin
  8. Bake for 55-60 minutes, the center might still seem very slightly soft but thats ok! When the cake is ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes in the cake tin
  9. Remove from the cake tin and allow to cook completely on a cooling rack before icing
  10. Make the icing: Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts stirring between each time until melted. Stir in the vanilla and hot water to make the desired consistency.
  11. Spread the icing evenly on the cake and sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired


Courgette is the English name for Zucchini 🙂

Recipe inspired by this one from BBC Good Food, and adapted from this one by Texanerin. Icing borrowed from this recipe on Cookie and Kate.

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  1. Joanne says:

    One of my coworkers is pregnant and I bother her about what she’s craving every day! So far she hasn’t had any real cravings, mostly just aversions. I, personally, crave chocolate fairly frequently and know I would love this!

    • Emma says:

      Thank you for the kind words Julia! I’m happy that you found my blog too! I spent some time soaking in Orchard Street Kitchen… beautiful pictures!!

  2. Becky says:

    I made this a couple of days ago to use up the dregs of 5 jars of organic honey we had somehow accumulated, along with a few allotment courgettes my sister was trying to offload! The family really enjoyed it (with a few tweaks – sorry, I had to add more sugar!) It’s almost too dense to be considered a cake… somewhere between a pudding and a brownie. Because it’s so moist the inside never seemed to quite set, but as you say in the recipe, that doesn’t matter. I’ve made chocolate courgette cake using vegetable/sunflower oil and having tried using olive oil this time, I prefer the milder taste of the veg/sunflower oils. It needed something a bit sweeter to set it off so instead of the chocolate icing I made a frosting whisking together a cup of double cream, 225g pack of cream cheese and a tsp vanilla essence, then briefly beating in a cup of icing sugar. Thanks 🙂

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