Blitz-and-bake beetroot & chocolate cake

Blitz-and-bake beetroot & chocolate cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8 slices

Beetroot is actually very sweet and keeps this rich chocolate loaf wonderfully moist

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
594
protein
7g
carbs
71g
fat
34g
saturates
7g
fibre
3g
sugar
45g
salt
0.78g

Ingredients

  • 1 large cooked beetroot, about 175g in weight, roughly chopped
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 100g dark chocolate, (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
  • crème fraîche or clotted cream, to serve

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2008

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nellyj's picture
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It sounds bonkers, but actually rather nice.Also unable to blend, so just chopped really small pieces. My son was horrified to find out that he'd eaten beetroot and enjoyed it, but then surely anything added to chocolate....

basketcase's picture
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My blender couldn't cope with the thick mixture and almost burnt out the motor. Ended up putting it in a bowl and whisking. Very, very messy - took ages to clean up. Cake was rather dry and strong tasting. Wouldn't attempt again.

adenyin's picture
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Loved this recipe it was so easy, used wheat-free flour and it turned out okay...

emzy_wemzy's picture
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Quite a nice cake. You couldn't tell the beetroot was in it. Mine took longer to cook though, not sure why as I followed the recipe exactly. Would possibly make again but I have more favourite chocolate cake recipes that I would make before this one.

kittybibidy's picture
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Made this yesterday, daughter had no idea about the beetroot! Nice texture but too chocolatey. Quite a thick batter, messy! Would only make again occasionally.

vjohan's picture
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This cake is so delicious and moist. I surprised all my friends with the beetroot eliment. Also used this recipe and made muffins instead

fakerandson's picture

I made & loved this cake, I took it into work for all to try & as you suggested, guess the ingredient. Nobody did of course & were intrigued when they found out.
I did however replace some of the coco powder with plain drinking chocolate & a customer who is also a subscriber tried the recipe & said that her's didn't taste as good as mine then I remembered the sustitution. It made it less strong.
I'd say this is a cake I'll be making many times in the future.

Next time I'm trying it with grated raw beetroot.

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