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Zucchini and speck cake: the quick and super soft rustic recipe


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300 gr


100 gr


120 gr

Potato starch

50 gr


120 gr



Flour 00

140 gr

Grated Parmesan

40 gr

Extra virgin olive oil

40 gr

Instant yeast

1 sachet





The courgette and speck cake is a savory rustic dish that is soft and delicious, and will surprise you with its great speed and ease of execution. A soft dough, similar to a batter, is enriched with diced courgettes, speck strips and diced scamorza cheese, then baked in the oven until lightly browned, for a super stringy and irresistible final result. Exceptional both hot and at room temperature, it is perfect for any occasion: from an aperitif with friends to a packed lunch , up to a snack for the little ones. Find out how to make it by following our recipe step by step.

How to prepare the zucchini and speck cake
Step 1

Wash the courgettes, peel them and cut them into chunks1. Cut the speck into strips and the scamorza into cubes.

Step 2

In a pan, heat a drizzle of oil and add the courgettes; season with salt and pepper2and cook them for about 15 minutes.

Step 3

In a large bowl, collect the eggs and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour in the oil3and mix with a hand whisk.

Step 4

Add the milk4and mix again.
Step 5

Incorporate the grated Parmesan5.

Step 6

Add the flour, sifted with the baking powder6and mix gently.

Step 7

At this point add the scamorza cheese and speck7, taking care to leave some aside for the final decoration.

Step 8

Finally, add the courgettes8.
Step 9

Pour the batter into a 26cm diameter cake tin, greased and floured. Sprinkle the surface with the scamorza and speck kept aside9. Bake in a static oven at 170°C for about 30 minutes.
Step 10

Once the cooking time has elapsed, take the cake out of the oven, unmold it and serve it hot or at room temperature10.


We recommend using a 26 cm diameter cake tin , preferably a hinged one with a removable bottom , buttered and floured or lightly oiled; alternatively, you can line it with a sheet of parchment paper.

For a gluten-free version suitable for everyone, you can replace the 00 flour with rice or legume flour (type of chickpeas or lupins), which will give the cake a more rustic and characteristic taste.

Versatile and delicious, this savory pie lends itself to numerous variations : you can replace the speck with cooked ham , salami or mortadella , enrich the dough with spreadable cream cheese or ricotta , and add provola instead of scamorza or another stringy cheese of your taste.

You can also try with other vegetables , such as asparagus , peppers or aubergines, always previously sautéed in a pan with a drizzle of oil. Add some aromatic herbs, such as mint or basil, to the dough.

If you liked this recipe, try also the savory pie with zucchini and bacon and the light zucchini pie .

The zucchini and speck cake can be stored in the refrigerator , in a special airtight container, for about 2-3 days .



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