Chocolate and Hazelnut Surprise Cake

Chocolate and Hazelnut  Surprise Cake

(The surprise being hidden courgettes!)

350g self raising flour

50g cocoa powder

1tsp mixed spice

175ml olive oil

400g caster

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

500ml courgettes (measure in jug after grating and peeling, squeeze if very wet)

140g toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped


1. Mix flour, cocoa, spice and teaspoon of salt.

2. In another bowl, mix oil, sugar, courgette, eggs and vanilla essence.

3. Mix wet and dry until just combined and mix in the nuts.

4.Line a 24cm cake tin with greaseproof paper and pour in mixture.

5. Bake at 180°C for 40 to 50 minutes.

6. Cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning onto wire rack.


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