Courgette, Orange and Lime Cake



Once again, another simple recipe. I love this combination of savoury and sweet, and the cream cheese frosting really makes it. This recipe can easily be made in stages if you are short on time, but even if not, it could be in the tins within ten minutes! Pretty quick.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, perfect for this time of year when there are corgettes galore!! Even if you don’t particularly like corgettes I would give this recipe a try. You cannot really taste them and it makes a really moist cake.





260g Self Raising Flour

1.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Pinch of salt

200ml vegetable oil

150g caster sugar

150g light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 eggs

250gĀ grated courgettes, no need to peel them

1 large orange – juice and zest

2 limes – zest only


Cream cheese topping (this will be enough to fill and cover this cake):

200g cream cheese

5 tblsp room temperature unsalted butter

200g icing sugar (sifted)

1 tsp vanilla essence



  • Preheat your oven to 160C fan/180C Conventional Oven.
  • Grease and line 2 x 8inch round tins.
  • Add the dry ingredients – flour, bicarbonate soda and salt into a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • In another bowl, add the wet ingredients – oil, both sugars and vanilla essence, and whisk.
  • Now add the eggs, and again whisk together to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir well. I find a metal spoon here is easiest.
  • Add in the courgettes, orange juice and zest and lime zest.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Divide the mix between the two tins.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes – or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes in the tins. Then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  • Decorate with cream cheese frosting and then your choice of topping. I have used edible rose petals, corn flowers and sunflower seeds.

To make the cream cheese frosting…

  • Combine all of the ingredients – cream cheese, butter (room temperature), icing sugar (sifted) and vanilla essence.
  • Beat well until smooth – this may take some time. You can use a hand-held mixer or an electric mixer. Electric may be easier unless you want a kitchen covered in icing sugar !

So, please do let me know how you get on with this recipe – and if you’re posting on Instagram tag me with #blearyeyedbaker so I can see how you’ve got on!





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