Beetroot Cake? Seriously?
I have a confession to make... I HATE beetroot! To me it tastes like eating a big old pile of mud. When we were having a weekly organic vegetable box delivered, there were often a couple of beetroots that would lurk in the bottom of the box unless I pickled them for the family members that like the thing. Invariably though they would end up in the compost heap. Until someone mentioned that you can make a mean chocolate cake with beetroot in it. I was not convinced, but I decided to give it a try and actually, it was really good. So if you have an aversion to beetroot, give this chocolate beetroot cake a try, I'm pretty certain you will be pleasantly surprised.
Beetroot is a good source of dietary fibre along with being a good provider of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese and folate.
But it still tastes like mud... So make it into a mud cake! You can barely taste it in all honesty, and the rich, vibrant purple red (which doesn't really show up in the photo unfortunately) gives the cake a rather magical bejewelled look.
Dense but moist, this is a luxurious, once in a while treat and also makes an awesome chocolate trifle base!
For a really decadent cake replace the olive oil for dark rum, and cover the top of the cake in melted chocolate.
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