chocolate beetroot cake

chocolate beetroot cake

I am not a fan of beetroot (this is an understatement), but when Riverford sent us some in our veg box, I didn't want them to go to waste.  This cake was surprisingly nice - lovely dense texture.  I forgot the vanilla essence, but I don't think it mattered.  And it hardly tasted of beetroot *at all* :)

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins

75g cocoa powder or powdered drinking chocolate
180g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
225g caster sugar
250g cooked beetroot
3 large eggs
200ml sunflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180˚C / 335˚F / Gas 4. Sift the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder into a bowl.

Puree the beetroot in a food processor. Add the eggs, one at a time and next add the vanilla and oil, and blend until smooth. Add the sugar to the mixture.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the beetroot mixture and lightly mix.

Pour into a greased and lined 9 inch cake tin. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is firm when pressed with a finger.

Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar to serve.

This cake can be sliced lengthways and spread with an even layering of crème fraiche and chocolate ganache.

1 comment to this

danadooley said on 24 Mar 2008 at 21:28:45:

Anything with chocolate is going to make me take a second look. The cake looks really yummy and moist. I don't like beetroot but I might eat it if it's wearing a chocolate cake ;)

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