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Beetroot and Dark Chocolate cake


Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time30 minutes
Total time1 hour


Beetroot and Dark Chocolate cake


100 g
dark brown sugar
200 g
Unsalted butter (melted)
200 g
200 g
quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
250 g
100 g
caster sugar
Eggs (large)
2 T
cocoa powder
2 t
baking powder
1 t
vanilla extract
icing sugar (for dusting)


Pre heat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm loose bottomed cake tin. Boil the fresh beetroot until tender. Cool them. Chop the beetroot into quarters and puree in a food processor. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put to one side - some larger pieces will give the cake a great texture. Add the remaining ingredients, including the broken chocolate, to the processor and whizz until well mixed. Pour into the prepared cake tin and lightly level out the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. The surface of the cake may have cracked a little. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin before removing to a cooling rack. Dust lightly with icing sugar or melts some extra chocolate and drizzle over the top of the cooled cake, and serve in wedges. For dessert, this cake is great with a little crème fraiche on the side.


NOTES : We propose two sweet version of this incredible seasonal veg for Easter time: a lovely super-healthy, gluten-free and dairy-free torte, the Purple Velvet Torte (Beetroot Cake), and this one, more traditional but as well healthy and super-tasty. The  sweet and earthy flavour of the Beetroot is unique and quintessentially British. Early recipes included cooking it with honey and wine. MEDICINALLY RELEVANT You can eat also the leaves, and historically the beetroot was generally used to calm fevers, constipation and skin problems. It gifts us also with better stamina, improved blood flood and lower blood pressure. Besides, beetroot is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occuring folic acid).  GOD'S' FOOD Beetroot was offered to Apollo in his temple at Delphi, where  its own weight was exchanged with...silver!