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Nigella Lawson's Beetroot & Chocolate Cake Recipe

Updated on November 14, 2013

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Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

Beetroot, in a cake! It sounds weird, but it seems to be the new 'it' thing in baking ingredients at the moment. Lots of people have been talking about it - mainly because of the British Bake Off I think - so I thought it was worth trying out! The idea of putting a root vegetable as strong as beetroot in a cake is almost an urban legend - until people really started doing it! It makes the cake so moist and really beautiful! You can't really taste the beetroot taste as the baking and other ingredients change it.

My recipe is based on one I found on Nigella Lawson's website but altered it slightly for what I had in the cupboard! The cake itself is really tasty and smooth in texture, you can easily eat quite a few pieces of it. The ganache is so rich, it is nice when it is still hot and runny, or after it has cooled into more of a dark chocolate frosting. Oh so good!

The final cake!

The final result of the yummy Beetroot and Chocolate Cake Recipe
The final result of the yummy Beetroot and Chocolate Cake Recipe | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 10

What you will need:

  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 10g Baking Powder
  • 75g Cocoa Powder
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 225g Raw Beetroot, (ready to eat is easiest)
  • 200ml Olive Oil
  • 250g Dark Chocolate, 70% is best, broken into chunks
  • 250ml Double Cream
  • Butter, for greasing

How to make a Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C if fan assisted, or Gas Mark 6
  2. Grease a 20cm cake tin with a bit of butter, a detachable base one is easiest
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder together into a large mixing bowl
  4. Chop the beetroot and place it in a blender, pulse to chop smaller, then blend until smooth
  5. Add the eggs and oil to the blender, and mix until combined - should only take a minute
  6. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until they are all combined
  7. Pour into the cake tin, and gently tap the edge so it fills to the edges and flattens out on top. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean
  8. While the cake is baking make up the ganache. Pour the double cream into a small pan and gently heat until it just starts to simmer.
  9. Then remove from the heat and add the broken chocolate, gently stirring until it all melts together, it should have a silky glossy look. Set aside to cool
  10. Once the cake has cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes in the tin before you turn it out and place it on a wire rack to cool.
  11. Once cooled top with ganache and serve!

Step by Step Photo Instructions

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe - Sift together the dry ingredients
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe - Sift together the dry ingredients | Source
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe - Blend together the beetroot, egg and oil
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe - Blend together the beetroot, egg and oil | Source
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe - Fold the dry ingredients into the wet
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe - Fold the dry ingredients into the wet | Source
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake recipe - Mix until all the ingredients are combined and smooth
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake recipe - Mix until all the ingredients are combined and smooth | Source
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake recipe - pour it into a cake tin and bake
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake recipe - pour it into a cake tin and bake | Source
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake recipe - All cooked!
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake recipe - All cooked! | Source
Making Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Ganache
Making Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Ganache | Source
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe by Nigella Lawson
Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe by Nigella Lawson | Source

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      mariochnaydar 3 years ago

      Great cake i will try to make it soon

      thank you very much

      http://apple-dumpling-recipe.blogspot.com

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      Chantele and Julie 3 years ago from Wales

      Hi Mariochnaydar Hope you like it!

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