Friday, November 11, 2011

Beety Chocolate Cake

Who would guess that this cake has beetroot in it ????

My daughter refused to believe about the red beet in it and was convinced only after I showed her the mis-en-place pictures !!
Yup the cake has the goodness of beets and the bitter sweet taste of the cocoa powder and when they combine with the other ingredients the results is a tasty delight...

Do you know what makes Beets the zing thing in this cake ?? they  contain trytophan- the feel good chemical found in chocolates and when they combines with chocolates it's definitely repeated serves ; also beets has the highest sugar content than any vegetable (as much as 10 %) and unlike chocolates where the sugar rush is immediate, the sugar released from the beets to the body is gradual !! (Source : lovebeets)

Verdict :-

The cake's a winner ; I could not take any decent clicks as my kids literally jumped on it. The suprise element of beetroot in the cake is a definite plus ! Yup, I will be making it again with a few other modifications :) 

Useful Pointers

Instead of cooking the beet you can grate the raw beets and add it to the mix

If you are cooking the beet, make sure to cook it whole without removing the skin, otherwise there will be too much bleeding of the red colour
3.You can make the cake eggless by substituting flax-seeds in place of egg.
If the mix is too thick use a spoon or two of milk to bring it to a nice consistency
5.If you do not have store-bought castor sugar, make your own by pulsing granulated sugar for a few minutes in a food processor
The cake stays fresh and moist if refrigerated ; make sure to keep the dish/box closed while putting it off in the fridge. My guess is there would be no left-overs !!!!

(The recipe was adapted from BBC Good Food& slightly modified )

What's in it :- 
  • 1 Medium sized beetroot - approx 80 -100 grams
  • Plain Flour - 100 grams
  • Cocoa Powder - 25 grams
  • Drinking Chocolate - 25 grams
  • Egg - 1
  • Baking Powder - 3/4 to 1 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Vanila Essence - 1 tsp
  • Castor Sugar - 125 grams
  • Sunflower Oil - 100 ml
  • Dark Chocolate - 50 grams - approx- roughly chopped
  • Nuts - roughly chopped - a fistful (blend of pistachios and almonds)
Here'e How :-

Heat oven to 170 C. Keep the cake tin greased & lined. Wash the beetroot well and cook it in a pressure cooker up to 2 whistles or till it becomes soft. Do not peel the skin  Gently scrape off the skin and give it a quick blitz in the blender for the roughly chopped texture.Tip the beetroot into a mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt and the rest of the ingredients, except the oil,chocolate & the nuts . I used an electric hand-mixer to blend everything till it came together. When completely mixed, add the oil in a steady stream and give it a quick whip or two. 

Finally stir in the chocolate and the nuts, then tip the mix into the lined cake tin. Cook for 45-50 minutes or till an inserted skewer comes out practically clean. Leave the loaf to cool on a rack. Serve in slices with cream or savour it as such.

Enjoy !

This cake is proud to be part of YBR - November
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It's also off to kalyani's GFF - 100 Days


  1. Simply yummy and delicious looking cake. Awesome preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. What a coincidence!! I was just discussing this cake with my friend yesterday & you posted this today!! Looks delicious & so healthy..beets rarely make an entry in my house, so I am going to disguise them in this beautiful cake!!

  3. can't believe that you could make a cake out of beetroot! innovative and sumptuous gal!

  4. A healthy and scrumptious cake Priya. Love the idea of beets with choco :)

  5. Very delicious and tempting cake.. looks awesome :)

  6. This is a great recipe, very innovative use of beetroots!

  7. wow looks yummy and awesome. this 1 i shud try.

  8. wow amazing cake,love the recipe...luks soft n yum...

  9. The combo sounds delicious..moist and tempting cake

  10. amazing recipe.. vibrant color love it..

  11. The cake looks superb Priya..I too have something similar to this planned to be made soon.

  12. Deliscious beetroot cake with very simple ingredients...bookmarking the recipe...:-)

  13. wow, delicious cake, never thought of such a combo in a cake..great recipe..

  14. What a lovely cake. Love you added beet and I am going to try this aswell when I get beets next time.

  15. Wow Priya......what a nice recipe......I baked a choc-beet cake sometime back too & I can imagine how delicious & moist this is. This is an awesome combo........great job dear.

  16. I too prepared this sometime back and it was a great hit in my house. Good one. Nice clicks.