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Chocolate Beetroot Loaf Cake

No one will know this delicious cake is made from beetroot unless you tell them. It is fluffy and very chocolatey with to die for icing
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine Australian
Servings 10 serves

Ingredients
  

  • 200 gm beetroot 7 oz, sliced, cubed or whole in vinegar (pickled beets)
  • 200 gm caster sugar 1 cup sugar, 7 oz
  • 2 eggs extra large
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 125 ml oil 1/2 cup, 4.2 fl oz or just over 1/2 US cup
  • 125 ml milk 1/2 cup, as above
  • 190 gm flour, plain 1 1/4 cups, 6.7 oz
  • 25 gm Cocoa, Dutch 1/4 cup, just under 1 oz
  • 1 Tablsp reserved beetroot liquid 20 ml
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb

Chocolate icing

  • 100 gm dark chocolate 3.5 oz or 1/2 a 200 gm block
  • 50 gm butter 1.8 oz
  • 50 gm icing sugar 1.8 oz,
  • ** grated chocolate, roasted nuts or seeds to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Set the oven to 170C/ 340 F You will need an 8 cup loaf tin or a 20 cm cake tin, lined with baking paper. You will need a food processor or stick blender
  • Drain the beetroot and put it in the food processor with the sugar. (The sugar will help the beetroot to puree). Process until the beetroot is a smoothish puree.
  • Add the eggs, oil, beetroot liquid and vanilla and process to combine
  • Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and pour over the beetroot mixture stirring until JUST combined. Don't overmix this cake
  • Pour into a lined sprayed loaf tin. Bake for 30 minutes. A tester skewer should come out clean. If the cake is not cooked, add 10 minutes to the cooking time.
  • Leave for 10 minutes in the tin then turn out onto a cake rack to cool

Chocolate Icing

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl
  • Put the chopped chocolate and butter into a microwave safe bowl and blast at 30 second increments until melted. This should take about 1 to 1/2 minutes. Stir well. You can also melt this mixture in a bowl over warm steaming water.
  • Mix the icing sugar and chocolate mixture until well combined. Spread over the cooled loaf
  • You can finish this loaf with some grated chocolate, or roasted nuts or seeds

Notes

This cake can be made into a round cake approx 23 cm or 10 in
Don't over mix this batter or it will rise a lot in the middle.
make sure the beetroot is pureed very well. It can be done with a stick blender
The vinegar with the baking soda gives this cake its rise. It's best baked when mixed for maximum rise.
Keyword baking, beetroot, chocolate cake