I have to be honest and say that when I tried my first chocolate beet cake in a London market a few years back, I wasn’t very impressed.
The cake I tried was too earthy, with not much chocolate coming through at all. After that my interest in beetroot and chocolate as a combination kind of went away, so years later when I decided I wanted to make my own, I had very set ideas of how I wanted it to be.
Mine had to be chocolate-y, gooey, moist, rich, and just slightly earthy. So when this baby came out I was jumping with joy!
The cake is chocolate-y and rich, with a subtle earthy-ness to it that goes perfectly with the sweetness from the frostings (more on the frostings later!).
I took this cake to work and it was gone in minutes! Everyone stood around and attacked it with spoons and forks, leaving none behind to tell the tale.
I was even begged for the recipe, and when I forgot to e-mail it to her she promptly reminded me, saying she’d been craving it ever since. Do you know how happy this makes me? Super super happy!
This cake is also vegan, as the beetroot does an amazing job at binding this together. It keeps it moist and delicious, and the ground almonds add such a subtle nuttiness to it that I just love.
Oh god the frosting.
More specifically, the white chocolate frosting.
It is so incredibly sweet and indulgent, it feels like so naughty and wrong but it is oh so right! Don’t get me wrong, the dark chocolate frosting is delicious as well, but this white one… mmmnnmmm.
Can’t get over it. As soon as I tried it I ate half and had to make more! It’s seriously addictive, especially if you have a sweet tooth! For me, it’s even more decadent than store-bought white chocolate ever could be!
Chocolate Beetroot Cake with White and Dark Chocolate Frosting
The most amazing chocolate beet cake! Incredibly chocolate-y and rich, with a subtle earthy-ness to it that goes perfectly with the sweetness from the two frostings. It's dessert heaven!
Author: Teffy Perk
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Cake
For the Cake
250g beetroot, tops and bottom trimmed
125g ground almonds
200ml almond milk
60ml coconut oil
125ml maple syrup
6 tablespoons cacao powder + more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
For the Dark Chocolate Frosting
2 tablespoons almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon macadamia butter
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
For the White Chocolate Frosting
2 tablespoon almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon melted cacao butter
1 tablespoons macadamia butter
⅛ teaspoon vanilla powder
Make the Cake
Boil some water in a pan and either steam your beetroot in a steamer basket or boil until soft, about 40 minutes. Carefully remove beets from the pan and set aside until cool enough to handle - keep the bright water to cook rice, make smoothies, or add to soups.
Preheat your oven to 175ºC/350ºF and line a 20-cm cake tin with baking paper. Chop your beets, add to a food processor, and blend until they become a puree. Add your almond flour and blend again until combined.
Add the rest of your ingredients into the food processor and blend until there are no lumps and everything is fully mixed. Carefully pour into the cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely. Once it’s cool, remove the cake from the tin, dust with the cacao, and drizzle the frosting.
Make the Frosting
Simply whisk all the ingredients for each respective frosting together in a small bowl and drizzle over the cake using a dessert spoon. You can get as creative as you like with your patterns here!
If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash the beets using a potato masher and mix the cake using a hand beater or kitchen aid.
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Hi, I'm Teffy, a qualified Nutritionist and avid foodie. This blog is all about inspiring a balanced life through delicious and wholesome foods, with not a diet in sight. Healthy eating shouldn't be hard and stressful, it should be easy and fun - Working with my clients they are constantly amazed that yes, food can taste great AND be good for you!