Monday, February 4, 2013

Chocolate - Beetroot Cake

I have been meaning to make this cake for a very long time. I found the recipe here . After which I Google-ed a couple of other recipes but always found myself coming back to Veggie Belly. It was KK's birthday and a perfect excuse for me to bake a cake.

Try this cake, if you are a chocolate fan and if you want all you friends to say WHAT?!! when you name the surprise ingredient. Like Veggie Belly mentions make sure all ingredients are weighed to exact measure.

Cooked Beets: 3-4 medium sized beets, peeled , cut into big chunks and boiled until fork tender. Cook until all water is absorbed. Puree the beets in a blender until you get a substance with coarse texture and keep aside.

How to make ganache : Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan just until it begins to boil and then add the cream to the chocolate and whisk lightly.


for the cake :

1.Cooked Beets - 300 gms

2. All purpose flour - 200 gms

3. Sugar - 200 gms

4. Milk  chocolate - 60 gms  (i used Dairy Milk)

5. Eggs - 3 jumbo

6. Dark Chocolate - 60 gms  (i used Dairy Milk)

7. Baking Soda - 1 tea spoon

8. Vanilla essence - 1 tea spoon

9. Oil - 240 ml
10. Cocoa - 30 gms

for ganache:

1. Heavy Cream - 240 ml
2. Grated Chocolate - Milk + dark chocolate (2: 1 ratio) - 250 gms
1. Melt the chocolate for the cake
(If you never melted chocolate before, you should probably go   here )
2. In a bowl, take the eggs, melted chocolate, beet puree, oil , vanilla essence and whisk well.
3. Then add the flour, cocoa powder and sugar to the mixture and whisk well until you get a batter with no lumps.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 farenheit.
5. In a cake pan (i used 9 inch one), grease the bottom and the sides with butter and then pour the cake batter into it.
                                                  Puree                                     Batter
6. Place the cake pan in the oven and bake until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. It took me an hour in my oven.
7. Remove the cake and allow it to cool . After which you pour the chocolate ganache over the cake and let it set.
8. Arrange some strawberries for the extra color and decorate it according to taste .
Some tips you may want to know:***
1. Do not microwave the chocolate. You will end up burning it. Unless you are pro :)
2. If the cake is not done after 45 mins. Lower the temperature to may be 300 degrees and let it cook slowly.
3. I like my chocolate/cake a little sweet hence I added milk chocolate and reduced the amount of sugar. If you are a dark chocolate fan please follow the recipe @

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