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Jo Wheatley

Jo baked her way into our hearts by winning The Great British Bake Off in 2011. Her cookbooks, Home Baking and A Passion for Baking, are full of easy cakes and impressive desserts to share with friends and family.

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Courgette and sultana cake

  • Serves 8-10
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Total time 1hr plus cooling
4.0/5 rating (21 votes)
Courgette and sultana cake
Courgette and sultana cake

step by step

  • 1Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins and line the bases with baking paper.
  • 2In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 5-7 minutes, until pale, light and fluffy, stopping to scrape down the sides from time to time. Gradually add the beaten eggs and vanilla paste. Add the flour; mix for 1 minute. Fold in the courgette, sultanas and walnuts (if using).
  • 3Divide the cake mixture equally between the tins, level and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes until golden and a skewer comes away clean when inserted into the middle of the cakes.
  • 4Turn both of the cakes out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 5Meanwhile, for the icing, tip the butter and icing sugar into the bowl of a mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the mascarpone, then fold in the curd.
  • 6Sit one cake on a serving plate and spread with half of the icing. Sandwich the second cake on top and cover the top of the cake with the remaining icing.
  • Photograph by Maja Smend

Get ahead

The uniced cakes can be made up to a day ahead. Wrap in baking paper and clingfilm and store in an airtight container.

You will need

  • 250g soft unsalted butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 125g courgette (about 1 medium), coarsely grated
  • 40g sultanas
  • 40g walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)

For the icing

  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1 x 250g tub mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon curd

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