Well, it is the season for courgette, so we wanted to put this to one of our recipes. Given that all the ingredients for this cake were cheap and seasonal, we wanted to add a little special something. For colour, saltiness and colour we voted for pistachio.

Try this out for something a little different. With the same taste and moisture of a carrot cake, we know you will be pleasantly surprised.

This is should be cooked in a babka cake tin (bundt tin) but we have some adjusted times if you have to cook this in a regular 20cm round cake tin.

Prep and cook time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 150 ml vegetable oil, plus extra to grease
  • 250 g self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
  • 100 g pistachios (shelled weight)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 small courgettes, about 225g, coarsely grated

Ingredients for icing:

  • 125g Icing sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp of water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease up the cake tin, or the bundt tin with vegetable oil, butter and then a layer of flour.
  2. Blend 3/4 ‘s of the pistachios coarsely. Leave the other ¼ to decorate like in the picture.
  3. Whisk the vegetable oil, eggs, caster sugar and vanilla together in one bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda together and add this to the egg and sugar mix.
  5. Stir in the pistachios, and the courgette to the batter.
  6. Transfer the mix into a bundt tin or 20cm cake tin and bake.
  7. 45 minutes in a bundt tin, or 55 minutes in a cake tin.
  8. Once the time is up, leave the cake in the oven to cool for 20 minutes and then let it further cool on the side before taking it out of the cake tin.
  9. In the meantime mix the icing sugar and water together until you have a thick paste, like glue.
  10. Once the cake is at room temperature, carefully place the icing on top and let it drip down the side for the effect. Loosely decorate with the leftover pistachios.


We truly loved this cake, and it really had a moist centre with a little crunch around the edges. Sharing similarities with its cousin the carrot cake! We truly believe vegetable cakes are nowhere near as popular as they should be.

Try this out to impress your friends and we will be sure to share your pictures if you share them with us.