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Chocolate beetroot cake

Total Time
1 hr 40 min
20 min
1 hr 10 min
An unusual combination - that works. Sinful dark chocolate is heightened by grated beetroot in this dense and luscious cake


Dark chocolate

200 g, chopped


6 medium, separated

Caster sugar

½ cup(s), (110g)


2 medium, peeled, finely grated

Light cream

½ cup(s), (125ml), lightly whipped

Almond meal

¾ cup(s), (90g)

Cocoa powder

1 tsp, to dust


  1. Preheat oven to 175°C or 155°C fan-forced. Lightly spray a 20cm- round cake tin with oil, then line base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until melted. In another large bowl, whisk egg yolks and half the sugar until pale and creamy. Fold in melted chocolate and grated beetroot until well combined.
  3. Using electric beaters, beat egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining caster sugar, beating until thick and glossy. Gently fold in egg whites and thickened cream, then fold in almond meal. Spoon mix into prepared tin.
  4. Place cake tin in a large baking dish. Pour boiling water into baking dish to come halfway up sides of cake tin. Bake for 1 hour 5 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove cake tin from baking dish and stand for 10 minutes before turning cake out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve chocolate beetroot cake dusted with cocoa powder.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Reduced-fat cream TIP: You can make this cake a day in advance. Just store in an airtight container until ready to serve.