Monday, 19 November 2012

Chocolate Beetroot Cakes


Odd combination or culinary delight? Well I have to say that I think these are a culinary delight! Their fudgy texture is very moreish, no hint of the secret ingredient, and believe me I kept it secret, if for one minute my children detected my ruse then not one would have been eaten. Granted there was trepidation the very first time I tried this recipe, but upon the first bite my fears were allayed. So try a (healthy!!) treat and be assured that there is at least some goodness in your coffee morning treat!

Recipe adapted from BBC Food

 Makes 12

75g Cocoa powder or powdered drinking chocolate
180g Plain flour
2 tsp Baking powder
250g Caster sugar
250g Cooked beetroot (the one in the vacuum pack)
3 Large eggs
200ml Vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4. Arrange paper muffin cases in a 12-mould muffin tin. Sift the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder into a bowl. Mix in the sugar, and set aside.

In a small bowl, finely grate the beetroot. Add the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla and oil and blend until smooth.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the beetroot mixture and lightly mix.

Pour into the muffin cases.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is firm when pressed with a finger. Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar to serve.

Calendar Cakes: Laura Loves Cakes and Dolly Bakes


  1. Brilliant...thanks so much for entering Calendar Cakes this month! I've seen chocolate beetroort cakes before but never baked one or tried one but it seems like a great idea...yours look so moist and delicious! :-)

  2. Thanks Laura, they're quick and easy to make and one of your five a day!

  3. Hi Lisa! I followed you over from LauraLovesCakes and so happy that I did! Love your blog, your pictures are making me hungry! And you're an Irish blogger too :) Off now to nosey about your place *waves hello* from a new follower Hazel x

  4. Thanks Hazel, well you're one to talk, your blog is class! Thanks for following the link, we can make each other hungry now with our respective yummy treats :)