Beetroot is coming into season now, so it is a great time to try out this classy vegetable. Beetroot adds a delicious vitamin-blast to salads, makes an unusual hummus and juices up well if you enjoy a vegetable drink.
The concept of mixing beetroot into cake may be a surprise – but the flavours and textures really do work well together to produce a wonderful moist cake.
This recipe is kept as simple as possible for time-poor cake makers, with easily available ingredients (here is a gluten-free alternative).
For a short-cut, buy your beetroot ready to eat in a vacuum pack and omit the first step. Using a food processor also reduces the mess from the beetroot. However it’s a good idea not to wear your best clothes when cooking this!
You get anti-oxidants from both the beetroot and the chocolate, so there’s a good excuse to give the cake a try. It will keep for a few days in an airtight tin – if it gets the chance!
3 medium beetroot, or a pack of pre-cooked beetroot – omit step 1 if the latter
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g caster sugar, or fine brown sugar if preferred
200 ml sunflower oil
150 g cooking chocolate (70% cocoa or more), broken into pieces
You could also use spelt flour for a gluten-free version. I use spelt flour in most of my cakes/pastries and it works just as well.
This is one of those cakes that sounds healthy, but actually it's still packed with sugar and if you calculated how much beetroot you actually got per slice it wouldn't be much. Halve the sugar and use wholemeal SR flour and you have a healthier cake!
I've never been convinced by the veg-cake combo (I'm not one for carrot cake) but I've heard so many good things about how beetroot makes chocolate taste even better. I'm very tempted.
at first look I thought 'hmmm....' but on reflection I think it could work. As soon as things cool off I'll be doing some baking.
I have tried a similar cake but used raw grated beetroot. It's a bit messier but saves on cooking the beetroot. Might be even healthier too.
Im going to try this on my kids, no way they'd touch beet normally but in a cake maybe...