Chocolate cake with beetroot: a sumptuous recipe perfect for winter

This chocolate cake is unlike any other you've tried – it's got beetroot in it! Intrigued? Read on to find out how to make it

chocolate cake with beetroot
(Image credit: Miele)

Who knew beetroot was great in desserts? With a sweet and earthy flavour, this root vegetable can also add moisture to baked goods without the need for oil or butter, while enhancing the intense flavour of cocoa. This rich and decadent recipe is the perfect showcase of how chocolate and beetroot work beautifully together for a tasty autumnal bake that is sure to impress.

Browse more yummy recipes at our hub page. The  Beetroot and Chocolate Cake recipe is by Miele.  

Chocolate cake with beetroot recipe

Ingredients

For the Dried Orange Slices:

  • 1 small orange 
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vegetable oil

For the Cake:

  • 500g raw beetroot, peeled and grated 
  • 150g buttermilk 
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar 
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste 
  • 400g caster sugar 
  • 4 eggs 
  • Juice and zest of 2 oranges
  • 500g plain flour 
  • 3 tbsp baking powder 
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 2 tbsp honey

For the Icing:

  • 185g butter, softened 
  • 250g icing sugar 
  • Zest of an orange 
  • 180g cream cheese

To Finish:

  • 4 figs, cut into sixths 
  • 2 small punnets of blackberries
  • Honey to drizzle

Method:

1. For the dried orange slices, place a silicone mat onto a baking tray. Lightly grease with vegetable oil. Slice an orange very thinly and lay out on the silicone mat, then dust with 1 tbsp of icing sugar.

2. Place into a Miele Warming Drawer on the food setting, highest temperature square (85°C) for 4 hours or until dry and crisp.

3. For the cake, line and grease 4 x 18cm Victoria sandwich cake tins. Preheat a Miele Oven to Fan Plus at 150°C.

4. Place the beetroot, buttermilk, white wine vinegar and vanilla bean paste into a food processor and blitz to a puree.

5. Place the caster sugar, eggs and zest of 2 oranges into a large bowl. Whisk using an electric hand whisk for 3-4 minutes until light and pale.

6. In a separate bowl mix together the plain flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

7. Fold the beetroot mixture into the whisked egg mixture, followed by the dry ingredients.

8. Divide the batter between the 4 lined cake tins. Place on baking trays in the oven on shelf positions 2 and 4. Bake on Fan Plus at 150°C for 35-40 minutes.

9. For the glaze, place the juice of 2 oranges and the honey into a small saucepan, and bring to the boil on the hob. Remove from the heat.

10. Once the cakes are cooked, place on a wire rack. Brush with the glaze, repeating on all cakes, using up the glaze. Leave to cool completely.

11. For the icing, whisk together the butter, icing sugar and orange zest for 2-3 minutes.

12. Add the cream cheese and whisk for a further minute. Transfer to piping bag with a 1.5 cm nozzle.

13. On three of the cakes, pipe dots of the icing in a ring around the edge. Fill in the centre with a little more icing and some halved blackberries. Place these cakes on top of one another, finishing with the blank cake.

14. Arrange the figs, blackberries and the dried orange slices on top. Add dots of the icing and a drizzle of honey to finish.

How long will my cake keep in the fridge?

The reality of cakes that contain cream, cream cheese, and/or fruit is that they will keep in the fridge for a maximum of two days. So, be quick and don't save your cake for later! (This is possibly the best excuse for indulging in dessert, ever.)