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This delicious Courgette Cake recipe is so easy to make, packed with lime and topped with delicious mascarpone cream cheese frosting icing. It’s the perfect summer bake to use your vegetables in! It’s also easily made gluten free.

Side angle photo of baked courgette cake loaf topped with cream cheese icing and pistachio nut slices on white marble background.

Have you ever grown courgettes yourself? If you haven’t grown them before and you fancy yourself as a gardener, courgettes are 100% the summer thing to grow

They just grow and grow, often giving a glut of them to cook up in various ways. 

If that’s not reason enough to grow some, two more words: Courgette Cake. It’s SO GOOD. 

A delicious texture, all made in one bowl, and a portion of veg as a bonus. To me, this is one of the tastes of summer.

Even if you’re not a gardener, please buy some courgettes and try this Courgette Cake recipe!

Why you’ll love this Courgette Cake recipe

⭐️ Super simple and all prepped in one bowl

⭐️ Great way of using up courgettes produce

⭐️ Cake AND veg combo for bonus points

Side angle photo of baked courgette cake loaf topped with cream cheese icing and pistachio nut slices on white marble background.

Courgette and Cake recipes

If you want to try some other courgette recipes, give my Courgette Soup, Courgette Lasagne, Creamy Courgette Pasta or my Hidden-Veg Bolognese a go.

And of course, the hit that is my Courgette Fritters – just SO GOOD

If it’s easy cake recipes you’re after, you could also try: 

Yoghurt Pot Cake – No scales needed!

Biscoff Cheesecake – Only 5 ingredients

Lemon Drizzle Cake – Over 250 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews

Banana Cake – Prepare in under 10 minutes

White Chocolate Cheesecake – Simple no-bake recipe

Pumpkin Cake – Simplified easy seasonal recipe

Courgette Cake Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 
  • Sunflower oil
  • Eggs – I use free range medium 
  • Courgettes
  • Pistachios – I LOVE these pistachio nut slivers. I’ve only found them on Amazon but I think that they really finish this cake beautifully. You’ll only use some of a pack to decorate this cake, but they keep well in the fridge.
  • Limes – Zest only
  • Self-raising flour
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Ground cinnamon 

For the icing:

  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Icing sugar
  • Lime – juice only

How to make Courgette Cake

Silver kitchenmaid mixer bowl overhead photo with mixture for courgette cake recipe in included grated courgettes and brown sugar.

1. Mix your sugar, oil and eggs until well combined. Grate your courgettes and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. (This is really important to help the cake not be soggy.) Then add in your grated courgettes, pistachio nuts, lime zest, self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon. Stir until totally combined.

Child holding a loaf tin with courgette cake recipe mixture in.

2. Pop it all into a loaf tin, lined with baking paper and bake until firm and cooked through. Meanwhile, make your mascarpone icing while the cake is in the oven and store it in the fridge until the cake is cooked and totally cold.


  • Gluten free flour – Substitute the self-raising flour for gluten free if you’d rather.
  • Pistachios – You can leave this out if you prefer. They aren’t totally necessary but add a lovely bite. You can try other nuts if you prefer.


Store this in a cake tin or sealed container. You don’t need to refrigerate it but you can if you like. It should last up to 3 days (if it hasn’t been devoured by then!)

Top tips for making Courgette Cake

Drying the courgettes

Squeezing the water out of the courgettes is really important, or you could end up with a soggy cake.

I use a clean tea towel for this job (which is a bit annoying as we then have a mucky tea towel BUT does get the most liquid out and saves a lot of time.) You could also use bare clean hands or a sieve.

Coarsely grate the courgettes

Be sure to use the coarse side of your grater or food processor setting for your courgettes. I’ve used a fine one before and the texture wasn’t quite as good. they will be too mushy if you use a very fine grater.

Cream cheese frosting

When you make your cream cheese frosting, mix very softly and slowly to avoid the icing getting too runny. If it does go a little runny, pop into the fridge for an hour to firm up.

You could try a simplified cream cheese icing recipe instead if you’d rather.


How do you zest the lime?

My secret weapon for any recipes with citrus zest in is my Microplane Zester. I know I’m a wimp but I used to hate making Lemon Drizzle Cake before splashing out on one of these. 

They have SO many glowing reviews. You can buy them here on Amazon: Microplane Premium Zester.

What’s the best kind of tin to use for this cake?

A sturdy good quality loaf tin that conducts the heat evenly will really make a difference to your bakes. This non-stick loaf tin on Amazon is a good buy.

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Courgette Cake {with Lime & Cream Cheese Icing}

This delicious Courgette Cake recipe is so easy to make. With lime and delicious mascarpone cream cheese frosting icing, it's the perfect summer bake!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 People


  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 175 ml Sunflower oil
  • 3 Free range eggs
  • 150 g Courgettes
  • 100 g Pistachio nuts, shelled, Optional.
  • 2 Limes, Zest only.
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp Ground cinnamon

For the icing:

  • 150 g Mascarpone cheese
  • 150 g Icing sugar
  • 1 Lime, Juice only.

To decorate:

  • Pistachio slivers and more lime zest


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Mix the sugar, oil and eggs until well beaten.
  • Stir in the grated courgettes (after you've squeezed out the liquid – see recipe tips).
  • Stir in the nuts (if using), lime zest, self raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon. Stir until totally combined.
  • Pour into a lined and greased loaf tin and bake for 45-60 minutes until cooked through and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool and remove from the tin. 
  • Meanwhile, make the icing by very gently combining the mascarpone with sieved icing sugar and lime juice. Pop into the fridge until the cake is totally cold.
  • Smooth the icing over the top of the cake and sprinkle on the pistachios and more lime lime zest if you fancy.


Calories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 320IUVitamin C: 8.5mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. A really good cake and a great way to use up a glut of courgettes. I love pistachios and lime so this is the perfect recipe for me. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this cake and it was so easy. I added extra icing sugar to the frosting as it seemed too runny but it may go thicker as it cools in the fridge. Will definitely make again.

  3. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I made this but couldn’t find my loaf tin so made it in a 8″ round cake tin. It came out perfectly – took around 45mins to cook as per recipe. Recommend!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great cake and the family and my work colleagues all love it.
    I make double or triple batter when we have a glut of courgettes in the garden and sometimes freeze a loaf, but mostly the cake gets eaten within a day or so!!!😋

  5. 5 stars
    As a single-person household I make up the batter and bake in two x 1lb loaf tins. I make up half the frosting for the cake I will eat now, and freeze the other cake wrapped in baking parchment to be frosted later. Works for me. Oh, and I leave the cinnamon out completely. Even in chilli-heavy curries, I find cinnamon to be a bit of a thug.

  6. 5 stars
    Have made this cake few times now and can say this is a firm family favourite 🤩 it always comes out well! Would definitely recommend 👍🏼👌🏼