Beetroot Chocolate Cake

The beetroot gives this rich chocolate cake a wonderful moist texture and keeps the fantastic flavour. Try adding a few drops of pink food colouring to the white chocolate mixture for a finishing touch that complements the colour of the beetroot.
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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line the base of a 20cm round loose-bottom cake tin with a disc of baking parchment. Lightly brush the sides of the tin with a little oil.

  2. 2

    Sift the flour and cocoa into a large mixing bowl and stir in the sugar.

  3. 3

    In a food processor, blend together the oil, beetroot, eggs and milk and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level with the back of a spoon. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. 5

    To decorate, melt the white chocolate cubes in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water until smooth. Remove from the heat, then beat well with the cream cheese.

  6. 6

    Spread the mixture over the sides and top of the cake, roughing it up with a palette knife. Scatter grated chocolate or chocolate curls over the top and cut into wedges to serve.


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 70g cocoa
  • 200g Demerara sugar
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 300g cooked beetroot
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 200g white chocolate, broken into cubes
  • 300g low-fat soft cream cheese
  • 30g chocolate curls

Serves 12

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