Sunday, 19 August 2012


Cakes can make a lovely treat especially if home made. They can also incorporate fruit and vegetables.

Hereis my recipe for Beetroot cake

Chocolate beetroot cake per portion NB provides extra vegetables

Makes 12 slices

Energy kcal 329 per slice


3oz (75g) cocoa or chocolate drink powder

6oz (180g ) plain flour –can use 5oz white and 1 oz wholemeal

8 oz (225g) sugar

2tsp baking powder

250g cooked and cooled beetroot

3 large eggs

200ml sunflower oil

1tsp vanilla extract

Icing sugar for dusting


Pre-heat oven to 180 C/335F/gas4

Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl

Puree the beetroot

In a separate bowl mix the eggs one at a time with the oil and vanilla essence when smooth add the sugar. Add the puree beetroot

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the beetroot and oil and sugar mixture

Mix well

Pour into a greased and lined 9inch cake tin

Bake 30-40 mins or until firm and a skewer inserted in the cake leaves it cleanly

Cool on a rack

Dust with icing sugar

The cake can be split and filled with cream if desired or iced

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