Zucchini and lime cake

Zucchini and lime cake

Three Sisters Bake
Helen Cathcart

We each have a few favourite cakes and menu items in the café and Zucchini and lime cake is definitely one of Gillian’s. She campaigned to have this recipe added to our café repertoire in the face of protest from myself and Linsey that it sounded very strange and nobody would order it! It does indeed sound rather strange but give it a try and you will learn why Gillian loves it so much. - Nichola

For the cake


Quantity Ingredient
135ml sunflower oil
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
300g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
335g finely grated zucchini
2 limes, grated zest

For the icing (frosting)

Quantity Ingredient
200g full-fat cream cheese
100g icing sugar
1 lime, grated zest and juiced

To decorate

Quantity Ingredient
zucchini ribbons


Quantity Ingredient
20 cm round loose-bottomed cake tins


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°c.
  2. Line the base and sides of the cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Beat the oil, sugar and eggs together in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer for 2–3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and fold into the mixture. Fold in the grated zucchini and lime zest.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40–50 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool a little in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  5. To make the icing, beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together until smooth. Add the lime zest and juice and stir.
  6. Once cool, top the cake with the icing by running a spatula or palate knife back and forth over the cake creating deep grooves to give a nice textural look.


  • Zucchini ribbons make a great decoration but remove before eating.
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