Chocolate beetroot cake

dsc_0091New 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.

Ingredients

CAKE

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

ICING

150g Icing sugar

75g Dark chocolate

1 tbsp Cocoa powder

3 tbsp Almond milk

 

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 160 degrees
  2. Grease and line two 20 inch sandwich tins
  3. 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
  4. If using a food processor change the attachment from chopper to mixer
  5. Add all remaining ingredients
  6. Mix for 2-3 minutes, until combined
  7. Divide between the sandwich tins and bake on the middle shelf for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through
  8. Leave to cool
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I grated some white chocolate on top of the cake but you can decorate anyway you like
  12. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!
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