Courgette Cake Skewers - Picnic 2002 Collab

Courgette Cake Skewers
This courgette, coconut and lime sponge cake to me just shouts all the flavours of summer, and makes you want to sing put the lime in the coconut. Really simple to whiz together, kind of like a summer version of a carrot cake, but the courgettes keep it really moist and light. I made this into a 8x8 inch square to make it easier to cut up, but the same recipe would also make a 8inch round or 2 5inch round cakes.

Turning this cake into skewers along with the fruit make it perfect for picnics, everyone can pick up their own individual skewer, bursting with juicy berries, sweet cake and topped with a drizzle of chocolate and nuts.

My kids love eating anything of a dangerously sharp wooden stick, and these are no exception. If you are rushed for time, or have an impromptu picnic, you could easily use a store brought cake instead to build your skewers. Letting the kids help make the skewers themselves is also a fun activity, fab for fine motor skills and encouraging exploration with food.


Makes 10 Skewers

150g Courgette - finely grated
120g Stork
120g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
Juice and Zest of 1 Lime
135g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
50g Desiccated Coconut

10 wooden Skewers
10 Strawberries
20 Raspberries
20g Chopped Pistachio nuts
30g Milk Chocolate melted to drizzle


1. Finely grate your courgette and zest your lime.
2. Grease, line a 8x8 square tin and preheat oven to 160Fan/Gas Mark 3
3. In a stand mixer combine the stork and caster sugar until light and pale - around 6 minutes
4. Whisk eggs and add along with the lime juice.
5. Add in flour, baking powder and coconut.
6. Add in courgette and lime zest.
7. Place in pan and bake for 30 minutes
8. Allow to cool in pan for a few minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack and leaving to cool completely before slicing.
9. Cut cake into 1.5 inch cubes.
10. Chop strawberries in halve.
11. Assemble skewers, drizzle in chocolate and nuts.
12. Enjoy on your picnic.