Devilishly dark chocolate and beetroot cake recipe

Published Tuesday, Oct 13 2015, 08:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Ditch the diet, it's officially National Chocolate Week! What better way to celebrate than with a devilishly dark chocolate cake with a secret ingredient.

chocoloate cake

© Rachel's


  • 250g fresh, cooked and peeled beetroot 200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 4tbsp hot espresso coffee
  • 200g butter
  • 110g plain flour
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 190g golden caster sugar
  • 80g Rachel’s Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) 285ml double cream


1. Pre-heat the oven to 190◦C/350◦F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line an eight inch round loose bottom or spring- form tin and line with a disc of greaseproof paper.

2. Blend the beetroot in a food processer until a rough puree is achieved.

3. Carefully melt the chocolate and hot espresso coffee, in a bowl suspended over a pan of boiling water.

4. Add the butter into the bowl to allow it to soften slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

5. Sift the flour into the into chocolate and butter mixture, before adding the ground almonds, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix well.

6. Separate the eggs, then whisk the egg yolks in a bowl until pale and creamy. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks are formed and then add in the sugar.

7. Stir the beetroot puree into the beaten egg yolks, before adding the chocolate mixture from step 5 into the bowl. Fold gently, add the yogurt and stir again.

8. Add the egg white and sugar mix and gently fold in until all the ingredients are fully combined to form your cake mixture.

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