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Courgette and Lime Cake

Put a twist on traditional with this innovative cake, which can be served as a sweet snack or alternative dessert.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 35 mins
Serves: 24


  • 875g McDougalls Plain Sponge Mix
  • 200g Courgettes, grated
  • 2 Limes, grated zest and juice
  • 440ml Water


  • 200g Icing sugar
  • Remaining lime juice


  1. Add half of the lime juice to a measuring jug and make up to 440ml with water.
  2. Place half the water and lime juice mixture into a mixing bowl and add the McDougalls Plain Sponge Mix and the grated rind from the two limes.
  3. Select the whisk attachment and mix on a slow speed for one minute.
  4. Scrape down and mix for a further four minutes on medium speed.
  5. Stir in the grated courgette and mix well.
  6. Pour the cake mix into a 25cm x 35cm (10”x 14”) greased and lined baking tin.
  7. Evenly spread batter across the whole tray before cooking to ensure a level and even sponge.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C/375°F Gas Mark 5 for 25-35 minutes or until risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  9. For Fan assisted ovens cook at 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3.
  10. Whilst the cake is cooling, place the icing sugar in a bowl. Gradually stir in sufficient lime juice to make a smooth icing. Spread or drizzle over the sponge and allow this to set before cutting the cake into portions.
  11. Grate lime zest on top.

Additional Tips

Replace the courgettes with grated sweet potato and flavour with orange instead of lime for a variation.