Beetroot and Chocolate Cake


The idea for this cake and indeed growing beetroot came from my brother Ciaran.  I didn’t think it sounded like a particularly tasty cake but then carrot cake is delicious so why not beetroot?!  So I decided to give it a try.  Here is the recipe and I can highly recommend giving it a go as it was  a very tasty cake – I think it got tastier on the second day (no idea if it would have got tastier later as it was obviously already very tasty and there was none left!):

  • First switch the oven on to 180 degrees C
  • Grease a tin and line with greaseproof paper.
  • Grate about 4oz of raw beetroot (straight from the garden if you grow it of course!)
  • Melt 3oz of dark chocolate (preferably one with 75% cocoa) with 3 oz of butter – I use the glass bowl over a pan of boiling water method.
  • Beat 2 eggs.
  • Sift 8oz self-raising flour into a bowl
  • Add
    • 1oz cocoa powder
    • 4oz caster sugar
    • 1tsp baking powder
    • A pinch of salt
    • grated beetroot, eggs, melted chocolate and butter
  • Mix it all together to a dry dough-like consistency
  • Put the mixture into the tin and squash down
  • Cook for around 45 minutes depending on your oven (keep checking – use a knife and stick in, if it comes out clean then the cake’s ready!)

If you try it – let me know what you think, if you are giving to anyone else don’t mention the beetroot straight away and get their opinion before mentioning it!

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