Our allotment has been full to bursting this year and for the first time I grew beetroot.

I’ve used some in salads, and have also roasted some, Jamie Oliver style. Yum!

Today, however, I decided to make a Chocolate and Beetroot cake.

I searched the internet for a recipe and found this easy to follow one on the Tesco website.

I don’t have a food processor at the present time so used an electric food chopper to blend the beetroot and to finely chop the chocolate.

I used an electric mixer to add the eggs and a wooden spoon to mix the wet and dry ingredients together.

To sprinkle the icing sugar I used a tea strainer.

For a first attempt I was really happy with the outcome as were my neighbours who dropped by for tea!

Ingredients

  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 250g cooked beetroot
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • Icing sugar

Method

  • Preheat oven to gas 4, 180 ° C, fan 160 ° C
  • Grease and line the bottom of a 23cm spring form cake tin
  • Sieve the cocoa, flour, baking powder and sugar into a large mixing bowl
Dry ingredients
  • Drain and halve the beetroot
  • Blend in a food processor
Chopped beetroot
  • With the machine running, add the eggs one at a time
  • Pour in the oil
  • Blend the mixture until smooth
Wet ingredients
  • Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients
  • Mix in the chocolate
Cake mix
  • Pour into the tin and cook for 45 minutes or until a skewer or cocktail stick comes out clean
Cake in oven
  • Remove from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes
  • Turn out and leave to cool
  • Dust the cake with icing sugar before serving

Enjoy!