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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
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine Australian
Servings 10 serves


  • 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


  • 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


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