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5 from 8 votes

Courgette and Poppy Seed Loaf

A delicious lemon loaf cake made with courgette (or zucchini), from Veggie Desserts + Cakes by Kate Hackworthy
Course Baking
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 268kcal


For the cake

  • 200 g courgettes (zucchini)
  • 125 g unsalted butter softened
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 175 g self-raising flour

For the lavender glaze

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp culinary lavender
  • 125 g icing sugar

To decorate (optional)

  • 1 tsp culinary lavender
  • twists of lemon


To make the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C/160 fan/350 F/gas 4. Lightly grease and line a 1 kg/2 lb 4 oz loaf pan.
  • Leave the skin on the courgette and grate it coarsely. In a clean tea towel, squeeze the moisture from the courgette and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beating each one in well.
  • Beat in the courgette, lemon juice and zest.
  • Sift in the flour and add the poppy seed. Mix gently to combine.
  • Pour into the prepared pan, level to the edges and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the lavender glaze

  • Gently heat the lemon juice in a small saucepan. Remove it from the heat, add the lavender and allow to infuse for 10 minutes.
  • Over a bowl, strain the lavender out of the lemon juice. Beat the cooled infused lemon juice with the icing sugar until smooth.
  • Drizzle over the completely cooled cake and decorate with lavender and lemon.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 86mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg