Beetroot & chocolate cake

Beetroot & chocolate cake

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(79 ratings)

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



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  • 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
    Sunflower oil

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  • 100g dark chocolate, (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
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  • 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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24th Aug, 2013
I was really looking forward to this as I had eaten a fantastic chocolate and beetroot cake at a local restaurant. This is not a cheap cake to make (the choc alone was £1.60) but I thought it would be worth it for a treat. However, I think the oil is a mistake as it over powers everything and now I have this rich cake that my family will not touch. Very disappointed with this result and wish I'd baked the Nigel Slater that was my original choice. You live and learn though.
26th Jul, 2013
It was ok, I swapped the dark chocolate to milk, as a lot of the comments said it was very bitter and my other half doesn't like bitter or dark chocolate, also i used 1 tsp rather than tbsp of baking powder, this worked well.We had it with custard which was lovely, but on its own it is quite dry so I'd recommend cream or custard to serve.
24th Jun, 2013
I really liked this cake and got great feedback, but I think the temperature was too high. My oven is fan assisted and I put it on 180C, but after 45 mins it was burning and I had to cut off the sides. I served it with a dark chocolate ganache.
15th May, 2013
Nothing against the cake recipe, it was easy to follow and the cake rose perfectly. However on personal note and it tasted awful.
5th May, 2013
I agree with Jackie...change the coco with drinking chocolate, particularly if going to serve without anything sweet. I tried adding white chocolate buddies, cooked as muffins and serve warm. Fabulous winter treat.
1st Dec, 2012
Fantastic, delicious chocolate cake and very easy to make. Left out the chocolate chips and used a tub of chocolate Philadelphia in the middle. Really nice, will make again.
28th Oct, 2012
This cake is one of the very best I have ever made or eaten. My 5 year old grandson thinks this is totally delish. I have made this a few times and passed it on to many of my family .
8th Oct, 2012
was it really 1 tbsp (1 tablespoon) baking powder? After 1 hour in oven the top of the cake was nearly taking off. Can only assume too much BP. Otherwise tasted good and no probs with mixing in the food processor.
6th Oct, 2012
For my first attempt at baking in eons, not bad at all, a blend of moist, gooey ( I used aldi dark chocolate with orange and nuts), and a pleasant outer crunchy texture. Probably beginners luck. I blended the beet root but had to stir in the rest by hand, not to difficult
1st Oct, 2012
I made this as a 3 tiered cake and the feedback was incredible! I have already had requests for another! I added over 200gm of beetroot& grated it then squeezed out the excess juice rather than blending. The mix was also quite thick so I loosened with a little full fat milk. I also melted the chocolate and folded it in to the mix. I threw all ingredients in together and whisked together, and cooked at 160.


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