Preparation time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour
Cooking oil spray, to grease Plain flour, to dust, plus
extra 2 cups
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 free-range eggs
2 cups light brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder 150g walnuts, toasted, roughly chopped, plus extra 50g
500g cream cheese, at
4 Tbsp icing sugar, sifted,
plus extra to dust Zest and juice of
STEP 1 Preheat oven to 150°C fan-forced (170°C conventional). Grease a 21cm round bundt tin with cooking oil spray, and dust evenly with flour. Put zucchini in a strainer and set aside for 15 minutes to drain liquid. After 15 minutes, gently squeeze out a little more liquid.
STEP 2 Put oil and eggs in a stand mixer and beat until combined, then add sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy. Sift extra flour, spices, bicarb, salt, and baking powder together, then fold gently into egg mixture. Fold in zucchini and walnuts until well combined.
STEP 3 Pour into prepared tin and bake for 55-60 minutes. Meanwhile, put cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat with a whisk. Add icing sugar, zest and juice and whisk until smooth.
STEP 4 Turn out cake. Cool completely on a wire rack. Top with cream cheese icing, scatter over extra walnuts and dust with icing sugar. Serve.
ZUCCHINI CAKE Move over carrot, zucchini is the new baking star! Flavoured with cinnamon and ginger, this cake also uses walnuts and has a cream cheese icing. Delicious!