Chocolate beetroot cake

A little while back I saw a facebook status about a beetroot cake and I was instantly intrigued… it’s been on the back of my mind for a while, and I finally got around to trying one. I looked for a few recipes online and decided on this one by Nigel Slater on the BBC website.

It was the kind of cake that took quite a few dishes, but it was worth the effort. I made it for our playgroup this week.

I mean seriously, combining dark chocolate and beetroot, two of my favourite things?????? So cool. The beetroot makes it quite earthy, and so moist.

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This recipe is taken directly from the the BBC website:

Ingredients

  • 200g/7oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 250g/9oz cooked and peeled beetroot (I boiled 2 – I have no idea how much they weighed)
  • 200g/7oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 4 tbsp hot espresso
  • 135g/5oz plain flour
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 free-range eggs, separated
  • 190g/6½oz golden caster sugar (I substituted this with brown sugar)
  • crème fraîche or double cream, to serve

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm/8in cake tin with a little butter and line the bottom of the tin with a disc of baking parchment.
  2. Blend the beetroot in a food processor to a rough purée.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water), then pour in the hot coffee.
  4. Stir in the butter in small pieces and leave to soften. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa together in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Separate the eggs. Whisk the yolks in a bowl until frothy. Stir the eggs into the chocolate and butter mixture, then fold in the beetroot.
  7. Whisk the egg whites until still peaks form when the whisk is removed. Fold in the sugar.
  8. Fold the sugar and egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour and cocoa mixture.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool in the tin, then serve with crème fraîche or double cream.