New year, new cake! To celebrate the birthday of my fabulous colleague Emma I thought I would try a new recipe (courtesy of BBC Good Food) for a diet-friendly chocolate fudge cake. I didn’t tell anyone what the ‘secret’ ingredient was until after they had tried it and confirmed it was delicious; only then did I tell them it was in fact BEETROOT!
My boyfriend was rightly somewhat sceptical about this, because of beetroots naturally earthly flavour. I have in the past tried a similar recipe but with raw grated beetroot, however I think the reason this recipe is so successful in masking the flavour of the beetroot is because it is blended to within an inch of it’s life!
This was a super easy recipe, which basically involved blended the beetroot and then putting everything else into the food processor (after changing the attachment to the mixer attachment) and mixing for 2-3 minutes until all combined.
175g Beetroot, vacuum packed
100ml Rapeseed oil
175g Dark brown sugar
200g Self raising flour
1 tbsp Baking powder
50g Cocoa powder
200g Natural yogurt
2.5 tsp Vanilla extract
150g Icing sugar
75g Dark chocolate
1 tbsp Cocoa powder
3 tbsp Almond milk
- Pre heat oven to 160 degrees
- Grease and line two 20 inch sandwich tins
- Put the beetroot into a food processor or blender (or you could use a handheld stick blender in a bowl) and blend until the beetroot is as close to puree as you can get it
- If using a food processor change the attachment from chopper to mixer
- Add all remaining ingredients
- Mix for 2-3 minutes, until combined
- Divide between the sandwich tins and bake on the middle shelf for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through
- Leave to cool
- Whilst cooling make the icing; put the dark chocolate into a bowl and melt over a saucepan of hot water on the stove (bain marie), then whisk in the remaining ingredients
- When cooled put 2/3’s of the icing in the middle of the cake and stack one on top of the other, put the rest on top of the cake and spread with a small pallet knife
- I grated some white chocolate on top of the cake but you can decorate anyway you like
- Grab a cuppa and enjoy!