Monday, February 13, 2012

Beetroot chocolate fudge cake

February 4, 2012
Last year when I made Pip's un-beet-able chocolate cake, I shared most of the spoils around at work. In return one of my colleagues (another Michael!) was kind enough to share his favourite chocolate-beetroot cake recipe with me. I thought of it when beetroots turned up in our vege box and tried it out on a Saturday afternoon.

This cake's ingredient list is dominated by equal weights of beetroot, chocolate and sugar. There's a bunch of other stuff involved too, and those bits aren't vegan or gluten-free, but the core ingredients have me thinking this wouldn't be too difficult to adapt for special diets. As the name and feature ingredients hint at, this is a dense and fudgy cake. Having reduced the original quantities to suit the beetroots I had and baked it in a square tin, this bore a striking resemblance to a brownie - a brownie that's the perfect balance of cakey and fudgy.

I served this with a little vanilla icecream, and we had some smashing beetroot brownie sundaes.



Beetroot chocolate fudge cake
(adapted slightly from a recipe shared by my colleague Michael)

170g raw beetroot
170g dark chocolate
2 eggs
170g brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 teaspoons maple syrup
2-3 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup plain flour
1/6 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/6 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
35g ground almonds
1/4 cup strong black coffee
1 tablespoon sunflower oil

Preheat an oven to 160ºC. Paper-line and lightly grease a 22cm square cake tin.

Peel and finely grate the beetroot; set it aside. Gently melt the chocolate and set it aside to cool.

In a medium-large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, maple syrup and honey until fluffy. Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cocoa, fold in the ground almonds and stir until just combined. Stir through the beetroot, melted chocolate, coffee and oil.

When the batter is homogeneous, pour it into the cake tin and bake for about 30 minutes. If the top is starting to brown, cover it with foil and bake for another 30 minutes or more, until it just passes the skewer test. Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

16 comments:

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    1. Thanks Anh - good news is it has a taste to match. :-)

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  2. Oh! This reminds me of a fudgey beetroot choc cake I made a few years ago, incidentally right around Valentine's Day. I should make another, they're really good...

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    1. They are! I'd also recommend clicking through to Pip's vegan-friendly recipe, which has cute pink beetroot-tinted icing.

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  3. I love beetroot chocolate cake / brownies :) This looks great!

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    1. Thanks! I think this is the third beetroot/chocolate recipe I've blogged. :-)

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  4. wow this looks amazing! i have been trying to sneak beetroot into my desserts for a while now so i'll definitely try this! nice one guys.

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    1. It's well worth a shot, Katinka. :-)

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  5. I've been wanting to try a beetroot chocolate cake FOREVER. Hello good excuse!

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    1. You should definitely do it! Pip's recipe (linked in the post) is already vegan and very tasty.

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  6. Oh my, this looks scrumptious!! I love, love cakes/sweets with hidden veges etc. I've seen a chocolate/silken tofu cake recently which also looks yum! x

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    1. Hi Hannah! I think the Vegie Bar down here does a chocolate/tofu cake too. Zucchini's another good option for chocolate cakes. :-)

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  7. Awesome recipe! And yes it would be super easy to convert to gluten-free, yay! Thanks heaps :-)

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    1. Welcome, Emma! How would you be inclined to replace the wheat flour - more almond meal or a different flour?

      I've only just visited your blog for the first time. I'm looking forwarding to browsing more when I get a chance. :-)

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  8. Hi Cindy, I'd just use any gluten-free flour in place of the wheat; buckwheat, brown rice or quinoa would be my picks. Or yes you could just increase the almond meal. It's such a small amount of flour, anything would work. I'm really looking forward to trying it out!

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    1. Good luck - I hope it works out as well as we're both imagining. :-)

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