Harry Eastwood's light chocolate cupcakes

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes, plus cooling

Makes: 12


200g coarsely grated courgette
2 large eggs
150g caster sugar
½ tsp salt
100g ground almonds
70g rice flour
30g cocoa powder, sieved
2 tsp baking powder
50g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), grated
1 tsp vanilla extract

60g white chocolate, broken into pieces 
2 tsp honey
150g icing sugar
20g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), grated


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases. Rinse the grated courgette in cold water, then dry well in kitchen paper, set aside.

2. Using an electric whisk, beat the eggs, sugar and salt in a large bowl for 3 minutes until pale and thick. Fold in all the remaining cupcake ingredients (bar the courgette) until well combined, then fold in the courgette. Divide the mixture between the cupcake case. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked through, then cool on a wire rack.

3. For the icing, melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water; stir in the honey in another bowl, mix the icing sugar with 5 tsp boiling water until smooth, then stir in the melted chocolate with a wooden spoon. Leave to cool.

4. Place a heaped teaspoon of icing onto each cupcake, smoothing the top with the back of the spoon. Cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling over the grated chocolate.