This recipe is sure to become one of your favourites – a delicious moist beetroot and chocolate cake.

A chocolate cake with beetroot? Yes, you did read that correctly. This cake something a little different but the flavour combination in this chocolate cake is a winner, plus beetroot is healthy so you can enjoy this chocolate cake while thinking about all the added goodness from the beetroots. This recipe makes one cake suitable to serve eight. This recipe was supplied by beetroot enthusiast Love Beets. If you’re in the mood for a slightly more green beetroot dish, we have you covered with this delicious recipe for Beetroot, Wild Rice & Herb Salad with Cumin Spiced Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

250g plain cooked (vacuum packed) beetroot, drained 200g quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa) 200g plain flour 200g unsalted butter*, melted 100g dark brown sugar 100g caster sugar 3 large eggs 2tbsp cocoa powder 2tsp baking powder 1tsp vanilla extract Icing sugar for dusting

Method:

1. Pre heat the oven to 180˚C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm loose bottomed cake tin. 2. Chop the beetroot into quarters and puree in a food processor. 3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put to one side - some larger pieces will give the cake a great texture. 4. Add the remaining ingredients, including the broken chocolate, to the processor and whizz until well mixed. Pour into the prepared cake tin and lightly level out the surface. 5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. The surface of the cake may have cracked a little. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin before removing to a cooling rack. 6. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve in wedges. For dessert, this cake is great with a little crème fraiche on the side.

Prep time: 15min Cook time: 50min