Treat yourself to the irresistible combination of earthy beetroot and decadent chocolate with our delicious Beetroot Chocolate Cake. This unique recipe brings out the surprising sweetness of beets and gives the rich chocolate loaf a moist and velvety texture. The fusion of flavors creates a harmonious balance that pampers your palate and leaves you wanting more. With every bite you will enjoy the delicious mix of natural sweetness and chocolaty taste. Treat yourself to a piece of this juicy and sumptuous cake that combines the best of both worlds – healthy delicacies and pure enjoyment!
- 1 large cooked beetroot, about 175g heavy, roughly chopped
- 200g plain flour
- 100g cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 250g golden powdered sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 ml sunflower oil
- 100g dark chocolate (not too bitter), cut into pieces
- To serve with crème fraîche or clotted cream
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5.
- Place the beets in a food processor and puree until chopped.
- Add a pinch of salt and the remaining ingredients except oil and chocolate.
- When everything is completely mixed, add the oil in a steady stream, as if you were making mayonnaise.
- Stir in chocolate.
- Pour the mixture into a 900g loaf tin lined with baking paper.
- Cook for 1 hour, until a skewer inserted comes out practically clean.
- Let the loaf cool on a rack.
- Serve in slices with crème fraîche or clotted cream.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cake Tin
- parchment paper
- Spatula or wooden spoon
- Cake tester or toothpick
- Cooling rack
This beetroot and chocolate cake contains the following allergens:
- Wheat flour)
- Milk (chocolate and crème fraîche/clotted cream)
Please note: If you or anyone eating this cake has allergies or sensitivities to any of these ingredients, it is recommended that you use alternative ingredients or avoid the recipe altogether.
Storage and leftovers
Once baked and cooled, store the beetroot and chocolate cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to a week to preserve freshness. If desired, you can freeze the cake for up to 3 months.
When serving leftovers, the cake can be enjoyed on its own or heated in the microwave for a few seconds to return to its warm and gooey state. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or clotted cream for extra enjoyment.
Health Benefits of Beetroot Chocolate Cake
When it comes to delicious treats, it’s hard to resist a moist and rich chocolate cake. However, you will be surprised to know that the combination of beetroot and chocolate in this cake not only satisfies your cravings but also provides numerous health benefits. Let’s find out why this unique cake is more than just a delicious dessert.
1. Powerhouse of antioxidants
Both beetroot and dark chocolate are known to be rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. The bright purple color of beets indicates the presence of a powerful antioxidant called betalains. Likewise, dark chocolate contains flavonoids, another type of powerful antioxidant. Combining these two ingredients in your cake boosts its antioxidant content, promoting overall health and longevity.
2. Heart-healthy goodness
Beetroot is known to support heart health due to its high nitrate content. Nitrate is converted into nitric oxide in the body, which helps relax and dilate blood vessels, improving blood circulation and lowering blood pressure. Dark chocolate, especially high in cocoa, also promotes heart health by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. By incorporating both beets and dark chocolate into your cake, you’ll create a dessert that your heart will love as much as your taste buds.
3. Nutrient-rich enjoyment
This cake not only satisfies your sweet tooth, but also provides important nutrients. Beetroot is a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, manganese, potassium and vitamin C. It is also rich in fiber, which aids digestion and promotes a healthy gut. Dark chocolate, when consumed in moderation, provides minerals such as iron, magnesium and copper. These nutrients are essential for various body functions, including energy production, cognitive health and immune function. If you choose this cake, treat yourself to a nutrient-dense dessert.
4. Mood-enhancing effect
Did you know that eating chocolate can have a mood-boosting effect? Dark chocolate contains compounds that stimulate the production of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones in the brain. These endorphins promote feelings of pleasure and reduce stress. Combining chocolate with beetroot, which contains betaine, a compound that supports the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked to mood regulation, creates a harmonious blend that can have a positive impact on your mood and overall well-being.
In conclusion, beetroot chocolate cake is not only a delicious dessert but also a powerhouse of health benefits. The combination of beetroot and dark chocolate provides an antioxidant boost, supports heart health, provides essential nutrients and even lifts your mood. So why not enjoy a piece of this treat without a guilty conscience and enjoy the delicious taste, knowing that it also nourishes your body from the inside out?