Courgette and Orange Cake

This Courgette and Orange Cake is a delicious way to use up any leftover courgettes.

Courgette and Orange Cake

Ingredients

3 large eggs

300g (10½ oz) caster sugar

100ml (3½ fl oz) corn or vegetable oil

85g (3 oz) English crème fraîche

300g (10½ oz) plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½tsp salt

1½tsp mixed spice

Zest of 1 orange

75g (2½ oz) chopped hazelnuts

225g (8 oz) courgettes, grated with their skin on Icing:

55g (2 oz) butter, melted

2-3 tbsp orange juice

2 tsp grated orange zest

225g (8 oz) icing sugar

Cuts into 16, or 20 smaller pieces

Method

1. Whisk the eggs with the sugar until thick, whisk in the oil and crème fraîche. Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mixed spice; mix in orange rind and chopped hazelnuts. Fold the flour mixture into the eggs with the grated courgettes. Pour the mixture into the tin. 

2. Place the tin on the grid shelf set on the floor of the baking oven. Bake for about 45-50 minutes until golden and cooked.

AGA R5 Series 2-oven: Place the tin on the grid shelf set on the floor of the roasting oven and slide the cold plain shelf on the second set of runners down. Bake for about 45-50 minutes until golden and cooked. Change the cold plain shelf for the large roasting tin after 30 minutes.

Rayburn and Conventional Cooking: Bake at 180ºC, fan oven 160º, for about 45-50 minutes, until risen, golden and cooked through.

3. To make the icing; melt the butter in a bowl on the AGA. Add the remaining ingredients to the butter, beat together well and spread on the cake, the icing thickens on cooling. Mark a pattern with a palette knife. Allow the icing to set.

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