Blitz-and-bake beetroot & chocolate cake

Blitz-and-bake beetroot & chocolate cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Cuts into 8 slices
Beetroot is actually very sweet and keeps this rich chocolate loaf wonderfully moist

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal594
  • fat34g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars45g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.78g
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  • 1 large cooked beetroot, about 175g in weight, roughly chopped



    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
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  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs



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  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml sunflower oil
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  • 100g dark chocolate, (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
  • crème fraîche or clotted cream, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Tip the beetroot into a food processor and blitz until chopped. Add a pinch of salt and the rest of the ingredients, except the oil and chocolate. When completely mixed (you may need to scrape the sides down once or twice), add the oil in a steady stream, as if you were making mayonnaise.

  2. When all the oil has been added, stir in the chocolate, then tip the mix into a lined 900g loaf tin. Cook for 1 hr until an inserted skewer comes out practically clean. leave the loaf to cool on a rack. Serve in slices with the crème fraîche or clotted cream.

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Comments (92)

mscupcake's picture

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mscupcake's picture

This was an intriguing cake to try and I found it worked well and was both moist and tasty - and easy!

There was no problem with my processor - it poured into the tin like a nice, thick batter. Did everybody use cooked beetroot? I had fresh and boiled it first so it was nice and soft to process - no problem. Vacuum packed would be fine, samsam.

However, the change I did make that I think probably made a difference was that I halved the amount of cocoa - 100g is a LOT. I thought that might make it dry and it would certainly be strong-tasting. 50g was fine to make a good, dark, chocolatey taste but not to be over-powering. As to using chocolate powder .... no ... too light and too sweet (it's only half cocoa, after all, and half sugar!). Also I think chopping the chocolate is best as you want patches of stronger chocolate, not to have it completely smoothly mixed into the mixture.

manolia's picture

The cake tasted lovely but did give my blender difficulty, It is better to use an electric whisk and I recommend adding pecan or walnuts to give it an extra crunch

samanthajohnson's picture

Can someone clarify whether the beetroot specified in the recipe is beetroot you get in vacuum packs? i am unsure what cooked beetroot means... silly i know :-S

kimsheader's picture

This has turned into my speciality dessert that everyone LOVES. What's even better is it is possibly the easiest thing I have baked! The beetroot makes it very moist and quite sweet so the bitterness of the dark chocolate works perfectly with it. Yum, & I don't like cake that much!!

helenmaleary's picture

This recipe is amazing, I've got to say it's one of the best cakes I've made. I did use drinking chocolate instead of cocoa powder (Only because I forgot to buy more cocoa powder!) which might be why it's a lighter cake than the guys that used cocoa. It stayed so moist and I couldn't taste the beetroot, it just has a lovely rich earthy taste - perfect for autumn. Mind you, mine did take about 2 hours to cook, whether that was to do with the recipe or my oven I'm not so sure. I used a blitzer rather than food processor which worked fine, although had a bit of an issue with the amount of oil but otherwise rather easy to make. Would recommend you give this a try.

sheepthesheep's picture

this ROCKS! Cooked it in square flat tin so it came out like a brownie. My husband, who HATES beetroot and wont even open the fridge if there is any in it, ate it and loved it. His face was a picture when I told him what was in it.
Served with chocolate custard for a wonderful pud.

kirkles's picture

Won't be making this cake again. The motor on my food processor struggled. I took it out the oven after 40 minutes when there was smoke pouring out the oven. The cake was charcoal and had to go into the bin. I am very dissapointed as I was making this for a special occasion and bought all the ingredients. An expensive waste of money and a couple of hours effort.

oonaguna's picture

A very easy recipe, moist and quite tasty. To make it even tastier and a little more special, I sliced it in half and filled it with a vanilla buttercream, yum!

noisysarah's picture

ok so it is really yummy!

noisysarah's picture

I made this cake and it looks better than the picture. unf even if it is tasty i won't be making it again as i think its blown the motor in my food processor.

kiteflyer's picture

Only the second time I've made something with beetroot in that I will eat! Nice cake reminds me of browines really. Took longer to cook than an hour and did not fit in my food processor! I have better chocolate cake recipes so not sure if I would make it again

emilyjoannacase's picture

Made this cake for my boyfriend who loves both beetroot and chocolate. he described it as "moist", hes a man of many words! but he loved it, finished it off over the following days! would definetly make again as very easy to make (once youve boiled the beetroot!) I might not chop the beetroot so small next time so you can actually tell you are eating it.

becca_whitfield's picture

Delicious moist chocolate cake. I made this with my 10 year old nephew, and he loved it too. Made individual muffins instead (I often do this if having friends over on consecutive days and not wishing to serve a half eaten cake!). This recipe works really well as muffins, just needs less cooking time. I love cakes with vegetables in - and getting my 3 year old to guess the secret ingredients!

mamite's picture

This was very chocolatey and I think better warm with the creme fraiche than cold. I took it as a contribution to a BBQ afternoon last weekend as "something different". One of the neighbours turned up with Chocolate & Beetroot Brownies! Obviously it's this season's flavour!

purplevamp's picture

I made this with an open mind! I actually grated the beetroot instead of chopping it up. It was quite hard to mix and it went everywhere, before I added the oil. And instead of making a loaf I made a round cake, but it took way longer than the 1 hour stated, I think it was an extra half an hour.

Anyway, my children tried this without knowing it had beetroot in it, and absolutely loved it, even after I told them.

Very chocolately, and I may make it again, but it was very messy to make, so only occassionally.

ninacc's picture

I've made this recipe a few times to use up the beetroot in my weekly veg bag. It works fine if you pulse the mixture in the food processor and scrape it down a couple of times. I used muffin cases to make them quicker to cook, and up to a week later the cakes still taste fine. Everyone likes them.

kinana's picture

Lovely and so choclatey! You wouldn't know there was beetroot in it. I don't have a food processor, so I grated the beetroot and whisked the ingredients together. It needed more than an hour, but then I always seem to have to add more time with my oven. Then we ate it hot with some vanilla ice cream. YUM!

pudd1nglove's picture

Made this last night and have just had a slice. Tastes of very dark chocolate and is a bit rich - you don't need much. Quite nice, moist in the middle, although wasn't cooked when time was up. Have to leave it in the oven for almost another 20 mins by which time the top was a bit black which was a shame. Will probably make it again, but more to use up beetroot from the garden than any other reason.

sadler's picture

After reading the reviews I used drinking chocolate instead of cocoa . It was still very rich and chocolaty and my kids loved it.
Took a lot longer to cook than the hour stated more like 1hr 30
but was still moist .I will make the cake again.


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