Beetroot and chocolate cake

After looking at things that pair nicely with beetroot to have something different, to my surprise, supposedly chocolate does. I saw a few chocolate and beetroot cakes and thought that I had to try this. I was expecting the chocolate to overpower any beetroot taste, but it does have a subtle flavour in there, which I’m pleased about as the the whole point in trying the cake was to taste the chocolate and beetroot together.

Makes: 1 loaf (≈8 slices)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes


For the cake:

  • 1 beetroot, cooked and peeled
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 50g cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g sugar
  • 50ml oil
  • 200ml plant-based milk
  • 50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

For the chocolate sauce:

  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C / 350˚F / gas mark 4. Line an 8×5″ bread tin with parchment paper.
  2. Blitz the beetroot in a food processor for about 1 minute until finely chopped and almost a paste.
  3. Sieve the flour, 50g cacao powder and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar. Add the oil, milk and beetroot and gently stir. Then fold in the dark chocolate.
  4. Spoon into your lined tin.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the tin to act as a loose lid. Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. For the chocolate sauce, mix together the cacao powder, powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth.
  7. Once the cake has cooled, cut into slices, drizzle over the chocolate sauce and serve.

Nutritional information
Each slice approximately contains:

  • Calories: 369 kcal
  • Fat: 10.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.5g
  • Protein: 6.0g

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