Beetroot Chocolate Cake

Aine Carlin

Beetroot Chocolate Cake

Moist with just the right amount of crucial cakey crumble this is definitely a new favourite.


  1. 200g flour
  2. 90g caster sugar
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  5. 2 small beetroot, peeled, boiled and pureed
  6. 150g chocolate
  7. 1 tbsp golden syrup
  8. 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  9. for the frosting:
  10. 100g icing sugar
  11. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  12. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  13. for the topping:
  14. 100g raspberries
  15. 1 tbsp icing sugar


Pre-heat the oven the 180 degrees celsius.


  • Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarb into a large bowl. Gently stir through the caster sugar.
  • Peel and boil the beetroot for around an hour and then puree in a blender. Whisk together with the golden syrup and balsamic.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double broiler and add to puree – stir until smooth.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients. Gently fold and transfer to a lined cake tin. Bake for 30-35 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting – to make the cake completely even and suitable for the raspberry topping, slice off the top with a serrated knife.
  • Mix the icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract together before adding some water a tablespoon at a time (approx. 50-75ml or until it reaches the desired consistency), and beat with a spatula until thick and smooth. Spread over the whole cake using a palette knife.
  • Muddle the raspberries, leaving a few whole before stirring through the icing sugar. Just before serving top the cake with the raspberry mixture and slice.

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