Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe

For some reason or other, I have had several requests for this recipe, because I don't think people really believe that it exists. So here it is:

Chocolate Beetroot Cake:
200ml corn or sunflower oil
75g cocoa powder
180g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
250g caster sugar
250g cooked beetroot
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Lightly grease a deep 20cm round cake tin. Sift the cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and set aside.

2.Puree the beetroot in another bowl (I use a hand-held stick blender, but the recipes says do it in a food processor but I have not got one). Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla and oil and whizz until smooth. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the beetroot mixture and lightly mix. Pour into the tin and bake for about 50 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If the cake begins to darken to much cover loosely with foil.

3.Remove cake from oven and cool in tin for 15 mins. Remove cake from tin and cool completely. Dust with icing sugar.

4. Enjoy, but don't use your best white linen napkins for this, it stains horribly

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