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Beetroot Chocolate Cake Recipe

August 3, 2013

Beetroot Chocolate Cake Recipe“Now what would you be doing putting a perfectly good beetroot into a cake..?”

A good question from a man who loves his beetroot roasted. Why would you put vegetables into a cake?

I’m not a food scientist in any shape or form but having baked and eaten several courgette, carrot and green tomato cakes over the years, I’ve observed how moist they are, that you don’t need to add as much flour and that there’s no hint of the usual vegetable flavour in them. What better way of using up a glut of vegetables too! Most of us enjoy eating a moist sponge and once someone has been told they’ve just demolished a cake full of vegetables it might perhaps be enough to encourage them to try eating the real thing. It’s worth a try isn’t it?

Once grown and eaten, beetroot becomes a super food, jam-packed full of healthy vitamins. It’s easy to grow too – just pop the seeds directly into the soil about 2cm deep and three months later voilà! We usually bake the roots and steam the tops but now and again it’s nice to try something different and I’ve been really looking forward to baking a chocolate beetroot cake ever since I tried a slice last year.

Beetroot Chocolate CakeChocolate Beetroot Cake

After much searching, the recipe I finally settled on is one adapted from a Nigel Slater ‘Dish of the Day’. This isn’t a cake to be rushed. Continue Reading…

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Recipe: Chocolate Courgette Cake

October 15, 2011
Chocolate Courgette Cake Recipe

Credit: photo credit: Wurz via photopin cc

The original recipe for this chocolate courgette cake came from the BBC Good Food but feeling impatient and not having all the ingredients in the press, it’s been adapted (and worked).

Today’s cake baking was saved for school home time knowing how much the girls like to help. Today our youngest came running in the door to see what I was up to and immediately put on her apron full of delight at the prospect of helping mum … the delight was short-lived and the smile quickly turned into a frown…

She spotted the courgette that was waiting to be fed to the grater in the food processor “ahh no – we’re not putting THAT in a chocolate cake!!” She loves cracking eggs and sieving flour however, so was persuaded to stay and give it a go. A few hours later when her big sister returned home she excitedly dragged her into the kitchen … “you have to try the chocolate cake – it has courgettes in and its DELICIOUS!”

She’s right, so here it is…

Chocolate Courgette Cake Recipe

Cake Ingredients (my version)

350g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
1 tsp mixed spice
175ml olive oil
375g caster sugar
3 free range eggs
a few drops of vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
500g grated courgettes
140g roasted pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

Ingredients For the Chocolate Fudge Icing

100g dark chocolate 70%
75ml evaporated milk
75g granulated sugar
40g butter
few drops vanilla extract

Cake Method

Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 24cm deep cake tin.

1. Place the flour, cocoa powder, mixed spice and salt into a large bowl and combine.
2. In another bowl combine the sugar, eggs, olive oil, vanilla extract and grated courgette.
3. Mix the dry and wet mixture until almost combined then add the pistachio nuts.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approx 50 min’s (use a skewer to ensure its cooked)
5. Cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack and cooling.

Chocolate Courgette (zucchini) Cake Recipe

Chocolate Fudge Icing Method

Put the sugar and evaporated milk into a heavy based saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil then simmer without stirring for 6 min’s.

Remove from the heat, add the broken up chocolate pieces and once fully incorporated, stir in the butter and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Pour into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and once cool place in the fridge to thicken.

Spread the chocolate fudge over the cake and enjoy!

Have you tried eating vegetables in your cakes? If so, what’s your favourite?