Beetroot cake

Don't miss out on cake just because you're eating healthily, try this delicious and gooey chocolate and beetroot cake recipe.

Beetroot cake
  • 600ml (20fl oz/2. cups) raw honey
  • 600g (1lb/5oz) cooked beetroot (beets), pureed in a blender or food processor
  • 6 eggs
  • 300ml (10fl oz/1. cups) extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ vanilla pod (bean), seeds scraped out
  • 160g (5.oz/1.⁄. cups) raw cacao powder
  • 400g (14oz/3 cups) buckwheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • Spiced Poached Pears

Ingredients

  • 600ml (20fl oz/2. cups) raw honey
  • 600g (1lb/5oz) cooked beetroot (beets), pureed in a blender or food processor
  • 6 eggs
  • 300ml (10fl oz/1. cups) extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ vanilla pod (bean), seeds scraped out
  • 160g (5.oz/1.⁄. cups) raw cacao powder
  • 400g (14oz/3 cups) buckwheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • Spiced Poached Pears
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Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180ÅãC fan/400ÅãF/ Gas 6. Grease a 26cm (10in) springform cake tin (pan), lined with baking paper (parchment paper).
  • Combine the honey, beetroot puree, eggs, olive oil and vanilla seeds in a large bowl and whisk vigorously to mix the eggs well. Add all the dry ingredients and mix well until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the springform baking tin. Place the pear slices around the edges of the cake and bake for 50–60 minutes or until the middle has risen but still feels a little gooey. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
  • While the cake is in the oven, prepare the poached pears to serve with the cake.
  • When the cake is ready, remove it from its tin and serve with the poached pear slices. Add a little syrup from the poached pear’s saucepan to the cake slices, if desired. Sprinkle the plate with finely chopped pistachios, poached pears and enjoy!
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Beetroot cake

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