Goat Cheese & Courgette Cake Recipe

Goat Cheese & Courgette Cake Recipe

This goat cheese & courgette cake is a delicious and versatile recipe. It’s easy to make and doesn’t need fancy equipment.

The chilli flakes add character and a touch of surprise to the recipe. It’s better served warm so the goat cheese is soft and even more flavourful. 

The result: a savoury moist cake with a golden crust and a hint of chilli and chives

The inspiration

I discovered savoury cakes while living in Paris. There are delicious and varied recipes for savoury cakes which are usually enjoyed for ‘aperitif’ – drinks and nibbles before dinner.

This recipe has my personal touch; the chilli. If you’ve read my recipes on the blog, you’ll realise that I love to cook with chilli.

The French palate does not welcome spicy food therefore, savoury cakes in France are delicious but not spicy.

This recipe has three different measurements of chilli flakes depending on the level of heat that you prefer. You can also omit the chilli.

A versatile recipe

When I baked the final version of this recipe and was happy with the result, I decided to share some slices with friends from different countries and cultures. I wanted to get feedback from different perspectives. I am fascinated by cultural, lifestyle and perception differences and therefore, I treasure the interesting comments and ideas that I received.

The feedback

  • To no surprise, the touch of chilli was very welcome by people who love spicy food and rejected by those who don’t like spicy food. This is why I adjusted the chilli flakes measurement.
  • Some people said that they would eat a thick slice or two of the cake with a green salad on the side and maybe some salsa. This would be considered a light meal.
  • Other people said that they would smear butter on a thick slice and eat it at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
  • Personally, I like to enjoy warm thick slices of goat cheese & courgette cake cut in half, for an aperitif and accompany them with white wine, rose wine or champagne.

How would you serve it?

Serves: 12 
Prep. Time: 15 minutes          
Cooking time: 1 hour


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

¼ cup olive oil

1 ½ cup shredded courgette, squeezed of excess water (place the shredded courgette in a clean cloth and squeeze to remove the natural green liquid)

3 tablespoons chopped chives

200 gr goat cheese

Chilli flakes (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon = hot
  • ¾ teaspoon = medium heat
  • ½ teaspoon = mild heat


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or 350 F.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder into a bowl.
sifting flour
Sifting the two kinds of flour in the recipe
  • Add salt, sugar and mix together.
dry ingredients in a bowl
Dry ingredients except the chilli flakes
  • In a separate bowl add buttermilk and egg. Whisk until fully combined.
Mix buttermilk and egg
Buttermilk and egg
  • Add olive oil to the liquid mix.
Liquid ingredients
Liquid ingredients mixed well – buttermilk, egg and olive oil
  • Gently mix the liquid with the dry ingredients.
  • Add the shredded courgette and chopped chives and mix.
Adding courgette and chives to the batter
Adding courgette and chives to the batter
  • Finally, add the chilli flakes.
Chilli flakes on the batter
Mixing in chilli flakes to the batter
  • Add half of the batter to a greased rectangular bread mould.
  • Cut the cheese in long pieces and place them on top of the batter in the mould.
mould with half the batter and goat cheese slices on top
Mould with half of the batter and goat cheese slices on top
  • Cover with the other half of the batter, tap the mould a few times to remove air bubbles and even out the batter.
  • Place in the oven at 180 degrees C for one hour.
  • Check if it’s ready by inserting a toothpick or a knife. If it comes out clean, it’s ready.
  • Keep it in the mould out of the oven for 10 minutes.
Cake out of the oven
Golden cake out of the oven, cooling down in the mould
  • Unmould and let cool for another five minutes before slicing.

I recommend to serve it warm

To serve it warm place slices on a baking tray and heat them in a conventional oven at 150 degrees C for about 10 minutes.

sliced cake
Slices of cake ready to be enjoyed

When would you like to enjoy this spicy savoury cake? For breakfast, lunch, aperitif, a snack or dinner?

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