Chocolate Beetroot Cake

This month, the Crazy Cooking Challenge is to bake a chocolate cake. I decided to make Betty Bakes’ Chocolate Beetroot Cake as I was wondering whether Dave, who does not like beetroot, would notice it in the cake. No-one who had a taste of this cake knew it had beetroot in other than Dave – and he thinks it is great. It has a lovely deep colour and not too overwhelming a chocolate taste. It got a resounding thumbs up from the taste panel.  Betty Bake has a gluten free recipe, but as this is not a concern for me, I used ordinary flour and substituted the sugar!

The one great thing about this challenge is that I get to show case my fellow South African bloggers. Betty Bake was more than happy to let me use her recipe, and I am more than happy to be able to share it with you.

Chocolate Beetroot Cake
Chocolate Beetroot Cake
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Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 cake
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • 1 small pinch fine salt
  • 45 mls cream
  • 200 g fructose
  • 3 eggs
  • 180 mls canola oil
  • 250 mls cooked and puréed beetroot *
  • 45 mls cocoa powder
  • 5 mls bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 mls baking powder
  • 500 mls flour


  • preheat the oven to 155° Celsius
  • combine the chocolate, salt and cream in a bain-marie over a low heat
  • melt the chocolate and then stir until smooth and put to one side
  • use a whisk mixer to beat together the fructose, eggs and oil until thickened slightly and the mixture has lightened a little
  • add the beetroot to the egg mix and mix in
  • add the chocolate mix and mix in until totally incorporated
  • sieve together the cacao, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and flour
  • gradually add to the wet ingredients, beating well
  • place the mix into a buttered and floured cake tin – I used a spring form tin
  • bake for 40 minutes
  • leave to cool before turning out of the pan


to get one cup of cooked beetroot I took 250g of peeled and julienned beetroot and popped it in the microwave for 4 minutes. I then used my immersion blender to purée it. This was really a no mess, no fuss option.

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It is amazing how friendships can grow through blogging. I met Betty Bake aka Bernice through our blogs. Since then we have become firm friends. We message each other about places to visit. And travel through each others’ eyes. This is such a blessing.

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73 thoughts on “Chocolate Beetroot Cake

  1. I’ve heard about using beetroot in chocolate cake, but I haven’t tried it myself. It looks wonderful, and very moist!

  2. Yum! I found a beet chocolate cake recipe and pinned it. We grow beets and it seems like a wonderful way to use the vegetable. Thanks for posting!

  3. I’ve been considering making a chocolate cake with beetroot in for a while now. I love the idea of making chocolate cake healthier but still keeping all the moisture of the cake. It looks lovely.

  4. I haven’t worked with beetroot before, but it sounds like it will lend wonderful moisture to the cake!

  5. Looks fantastic! I made a beet cake for my blog a few months ago. I love the addition of sweet beets.

  6. I’ve seen a recipe similar to this, with beets and chocolate, but I was completely unsure if I should try it. Because of this post, I think i will give your recipe a try 🙂

  7. Have never even seen a recipe for beetroot, but it may be simiular to cooking with beets. That I have seen before. Interesting. Nice post Sure your blogger friend was happy that you did her cake. Andi

    1. Thanks Andi, yup, beets and beetroot are the same thing. I have a post planned about the different words for the same ingredient which I really need to get completed 🙂

  8. Hi Tandy

    This looks really good, i am going to try using beet in one of my “eggless choclate cakes”

  9. I love when sweets are offset enough that they’re not cloying and I think the beetroot takes care of that problem. This looks delicious and I will give it a try as soon as my beets come in… Thanks for sharing. Come visit when you can. I’m #29.

  10. Looks like a great cake and WOW beet roots – I would of never thought of that! I have put puree zucchinni before in Chocolate Cake! Thanks for participating, come check out my Whopper Cake, if you haven’t had a chance (it’s #1 in the linky party)!

  11. Chocolate cake is a great place to hide vegetables. The cocoa flavor usually overrides any other flavors and the vegetables add such a nice moistness. This is a lovely cake.

  12. I had never heard of a beetroot cake before. Makes eating chocolate cake almost healthy. Bet it was super moist too, will have to try. #18

  13. Hi, thank you for posting this, it’s one of those recipes I’ve always meant to get round to trying and haven’t. My partner REALLY doesn’t like beetroot, but what the heck, if he doesn’t like it then it’s a case of more for me 🙂

  14. I’m really found of beetroot, In Brazil we usually make fresh juices mixing beetroot and orange juice, it tastes delicious, but I’ve never make a cake, its a great idea…I must try it 🙂

  15. I am very fond of a good & decent chocolate & beetrrot cake & yours is using canola oil instead of butter: I like that change a lot :)!

    Yours looks just stunning 🙂

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