Beetroot chocolate cake

Beetroot chocolate cakeNormally when Peli comes to me and says “I’m baking a cake” I’m bouncing around. But this time I just looked at her, because I was sure that I had heard wrong, a what cake?

Anywhoooo, she persisted and did her wonders in the kitchen and shortly after the wonderful smell came drifting through the flat.

2oz/50g cocoa powder
6oz/175g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
7oz/200g caster sugar
250g pack cooked beetroot
3 medium eggs
7fl oz/200ml sunflower oil
3.5oz/100g dark chocolate, finely chopped
Icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4

Then grease and line the bottom of a 9″/23cm springform cake tin. Sieve the cocoa, flour, baking powder and sugar into a large mixing bowl.

Drain and halve the beetroot, then blend in a food processor. With the machine running, add the eggs one at time, then pour in the oil. Blend until the liquid is just smooth.

Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix in the chocolate. Pour into the tin and cook for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and set aside for 10 mins, then turn out and leave to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

This set aside bit is rather hard with this very so yummy cake.

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