Beetroot Chocolate Cake

Who would guess chocolate cake could be healthy. This cake is velvety smooth and moist, there is no need for any icing. A simply dusting with cocao would do the trick.


  • 250g cooked beetroot
  • 200g butter
  • 200g 70% dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp hot espresso
  • 135g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 5 free-range eggs, separated
  • 150g castor sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a 20cm nonstick cake tin with a little Spray and Cook and line the bottom of the tin with baking paper.
  3. Purée the beetroot in a food processor.
  4. Heat the butter and chocolate in a microwave for 10 seconds at a time, or until just melted, then pour in the hot coffee and leave to cool slightly.
  5. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Separate the eggs, then whisk the yolks in a bowl until frothy.
  7. Stir the wisked yolks into the chocolate and butter mixture
  8. Fold the beetroot into the chocolate/yolk mixture.
  9. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold in the sugar.
  10. Fold the sugar and egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour and cocoa mixture.
  11. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

SERVES 8. Per 158g serving: 532. 45 kcal, 34g fat (20g sat), 48g carbs, 140mg sodium, 4g fibre, 9g protein

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