Beetroot & chocolate cake

Beetroot & chocolate cake

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(82 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 large cooked beetroot, about 175g in weight, roughly chopped
    Beetroot

    Beetroot

    beat-root

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

  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 100g dark chocolate, (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • crème fraîche or clotted cream, to serve

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.

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vhays84
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.
elisaponsele
3rd Sep, 2012
3.05
Super easy recipe and pretty quick too! I was worried about the oil as I have found this makes cakes quite greasy but, in this case, it didn't. The flavour of the beetroot was a bit muted but I'm sure it really contributed to the general moistness. Got good feedback too!
pennynigel
18th Aug, 2012
I didn't use as much sugar and a little extra beetroot. I used freshly cooked beetroot chilled. It was quite runny. I put it into two 1llb loaf tins and cooked for less time. Excellent result, dark sticky and rich would be lovely slightly warm with cream or ice cream. Its very rich so you don't need a lot of it.
maycrofte
10th Aug, 2012
2.05
Really disappointed with this cake, apart from the rising - it was huge and would recommend a bigger tin. As for the cake - it is far, far too rich, concentrated chocolate - unnecessarily so. I would definitely substitute the cocoa with drinking chocolate if I made it again. As for 8 slices - my cake would easily feed 20 people as it is so rich and that would need to be with custard or creme fraiche. I made it yesterday but am going to freeze the rest down as a winter dessert
pose83
24th Jun, 2013
I don't think it's too rich, but yeah, you don't need to eat much of it!
janegatford
26th Jul, 2012
3.05
My poor old food processor nearly burnt out too, very gloopy mixtrure, not sloppy at all! I also set oven too hot to start with. Not as good as my other recipe for beetroot and chocolate cake. Probably won't bake again. Although i do like dark chocolate.
janegatford
26th Jul, 2012
3.05
My poor old food processor nearly burnt out too, very gloopy mixtrure, not sloppy at all! I also set oven too hot to start with. Not as good as my other recipe for beetroot and chocolate cake. Probably won't bake again. Although i do like dark chocolate.
stormyraincloud
18th Jul, 2012
This is delicious. Have made it a few times, and the kids love it. I use drinking chocolate instead of cocoa, and always use wholemeal flour, never buy anything else. And half dark and half milk chocolate. Actually made it once with dark, milk and white. Lovely. It's delicious and moist and flavourful. We have taken a cake to our church group and everybody was pleasantly surprised that it was beetroot. A definite favourite in our house. Have passed the recipe on to lots of people.
4ourteen
6th Jul, 2012
lovely with a cup of tea and a sit down.
nathalie_marshall
2nd Feb, 2012
4.05
Not having a food processor, I used my hand blender jug attachment to blend the beetroot and oil first, then added the rest of the ingredients in my mixer. Worked well and looking forward to eating it.

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