- 3 eggs
- 6 oz Sunflower Oil
- 8 oz Plain flour & 2 tsp baking powder (add a pinch of salt in here)
- 6 oz Caster Sugar
- 1 grated Courgette
- 1 grated Carrot (optional goodness)
- 1 grated grind of a large orange
- 4 oz Dark chocolate (2 oz for mixture & 2oz for topping)
Courgettes are in season right now so make sure you try this deliciously moist, flavourful and satisfying batch of cupcakes this summer.
Depending on which you fancy you can substitute the dark chocolate in this recipe with the grind of one unwaxed lemon for a lemony, citrus kick. You can use the juice of the lemon to make a sweet drizzle icing instead of dark chocolate.
Either option combined with courgette, orange grind and carrot mean these cupcakes are a secret source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and folic acid. Cupcakes with one of your five a day, who knew!
Preheat oven at 180 and prepare a cupcake tray with baking cases. In a large bowl, mix the oil and sugar. Whisk together the eggs, flour, salt and baking powder into the bowl.
Finely grate the courgette, carrot and orange zest.
Squeeze out as much liquid from the veg as you can with your hands or kitchen paper.
Gently stir the grated veg and zest into the mixture.
Melt 2 oz dark chocolate and stir this into the bowl with all the ingredients. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for 30 to 35 minutes , make sure they are fully cooked by poking a clean skewer in the middle of one cake until it comes out clear. Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack before icing. Melt the rest of the dark chocolate for spreading on top of each cupcake and sprinkle orange grind on top!
And there you have it... Who knew that preventing food waste could taste so delicious?!
FoodCloud is an Irish social enterprise set up with the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food. Their mission is to create innovative solutions for surplus food that empower people, bring communities together and create lasting positive social change. They are currently looking for volunteers to help us distribute food to charities around Dublin in their e-car in the evening time. More information here.