Dense and delicious, this chocolate beetroot cake is the perfect recipe for the whole family. Rich cocoa pairs beautifully with the sweetness of beetroot for a yummy nut-free cake that wins the approval of kids, adults and the lunch box.
Let’s get baking.
- 2 large beetroot (400g), peeled
- 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
- 1⁄4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
- 11⁄2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 125g butter
- 11⁄2 cups (330g) caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 21⁄2 cups (375g) plain flour
- 1⁄4 cup (30g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 11⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a
25cm x 37cm slice pan; line with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over long sides.
STEP TWO: Grate beetroot; you need 21⁄2 cups grated beetroot. Transfer to a food processor and add buttermilk, oil and vinegar; process until as smooth as possible.
STEP THREE: Meanwhile, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and pale; add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. With motor operating, add vanilla.
STEP FOUR: Fold in beetroot mixture to combine. Sift our, cocoa powder, soda and salt into a clean bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients to the beetroot and butter mixture until just incorporated; do not over-mix.
STEP FIVE: Spoon batter into slice pan; bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre. Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut cake into 18 pieces.
Cake can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container, or wrap pieces individually in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipes extracted from:
The Australian Women’s Weekly
LUNCH BOX book
(Bauer Books, $24.99)
Available where all good books
are sold and AWW Cook Books
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