Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Chocolate Beetroot Cake Recipe

I don’t know about you, but a few years ago I would never have thought of combining chocolate and beetroot in a cake. It sounds strange, and the look on my fiances face when I told him I had made a Chocolate Beetroot Cake proved my point. He looked at me dubiously and said “sounds interesting”, which is his polite way of saying I’m not sure I like the sound of this.  When I handed him a piece to try he looked at me worryingly and I could tell he wasn’t too sure if he wanted to try it. But my ever faithful and supportive taste tester plucked up the courage to try this strange sounding cake.  To his surprise, and I must admit mine too, he really enjoyed it.  The word delicious was even uttered! Score one for the Chocolate Beetroot Cake!

Googling Chocolate Beetroot Cake you will actually find the concept not all that strange, with numerous recipes coming up in search results. I’d bookmarked a chocolate beetroot cake recipe some time ago, thinking, sounds different but I’m willing to give it a try, but had never actually gotten around to it. So, when I had some leftover beetroot marmalade from making the Beetroot and Goats Cheese Jalousie I posted last week and was stuck for ideas on how to use it I recalled that long neglected chocolate beetroot cake recipe I had bookmarked and I thought I’d see how the marmalade would go in a chocolate beetroot cake.  And you know what? It works amazingly well!  The beetroot adds a subtle earthy depth and the spices from the marmalade add another delicious dimension.

Chocolate Beetroot Cake recipe

So, this rather strange sounding Chocolate Beetroot Marmalade Cake is my submission to the latest Sweet Adventures Blog Hop. This months theme, hosted by the lovely Nic from Dining With A Stud, is Love At First Bite.  While it might seem obvious to go down the romance path given the theme, and the fact it was Valentines day only a few days ago, I wanted to do something a little different. And chocolate is one of my great food loves, especially dark chocolate – as you can probably tell from the numerous chocolate recipes here on Delicious Everyday – so I really couldn’t go past sharing this delicious, yet different  chocolate cake with you.  Also apparently beetroot juice has long been considered an aphrodisiac since the Roman times, and well, we all know the seductive powers of chocolate, so in this cake you get of a double dose of lovey goodness!

So tell me, what is the strangest sounding cake you have eaten, and did you like it?  Have you ever made or tried a chocolate beetroot cake?

Chocolate Beetroot Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Beetroot Cake
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Adapted from Neil Perry's Chocolate and Beetroot Cake.
Serves: 10
  • 400g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1½ cups of Beetroot Marmalade
  • 100ml pouring cream, whisked to soft peaks
  • 75g almond meal
  1. Preheat oven to 175 celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and grease and line a 20cm spring form tin with baking paper. Note the tin needs to be water tight as it will be placed in a water bath to cook.
  2. Place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl and melt over a saucepan of simmering water until almost melted. Stir until melted and set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and 100g of sugar in an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until pale and creamy. Add the melted chocolate and beetroot marmalade and stir to combine. Set aside while you whisk the egg whites. If you only have 1 bow for your mixer place the mixture into a large bowl and wash and thoroughly dry the mixing bowl before continuing.
  4. Place the egg whites in the mixing bowl along with a pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks are formed. Add the remaining 50g of sugar and whisk until smooth and glossy.
  5. Fold the whipped cream and egg white mixture through chocolate and egg yolk mixture until combined. Finally, fold through almond meal.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin. Place the springform pan into a roasting pan, and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of tin. Bake for 45 minutes, before reducing the oven to 150 celsius (300 fahrenheit) and bake for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly pressed.
  7. Turn off oven, and cool the cake in oven for 20 minutes before finally removing. Loosen the springform tin and allow to cool in the pan for another 15 minutes before removing. Dust with cocoa powder and serve with cream or ice-cream.
You can find the Beetroot Marmalade recipe here. This cake tastes better the second day as it gives time for the flavours to develop.

Sweet Adventures is a monthly, dessert-themed blog hop organised by JJ from 84th & 3rdKC from The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, Jennifer from Delicious EverydayNic from Dining with a Studand Christina from The Hungry Australian

This month’s Blog Hop event, Love At First Bite, is being hosted by Nic from Dining With A Stud.  We hope you enjoy this fun desserts event.  Check out all of the other delicious Love At First Bite submissions below.

For detailed instructions on how to join this fun event, check out Nic’s blog.

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65 Comments on "Chocolate Beetroot Cake"

July 24, 2013

Oh, a lovely cake. Last year I heard the concept of beetroot and chocolate cake for the first time. I put it on my list. So it really seems to be worth trying.

February 29, 2012

Chocolate and beet is a combination I’m yet to try. Your cake looks great Jen!

February 25, 2012

This is a little strange Chocolate and Beetroot but I’m still intrigued to try 😀 Thanks for sharing!

February 24, 2012

Besides giving a lovely red undertone, I think adding veggies makes such a moist cake. Yours looks absolutely perfect and delectable. As long I didn’t mention the word beet, my family would love this!

February 23, 2012

This looks rich and chocolate-y and decadent! This would probably be the most awesome chocolate birthday cake anyone could bake.

February 22, 2012

I’ve heard of putting beetroot in cake, but have never tried it myself. That might change soon after seeing this post and your gorgeous pictures!

February 22, 2012

Hi Jennifer! Lovely to find your blog, and how wonderful to know that you are now living in Brissy :-)

I’ve never tried a chocolate and beetroot cake, though I am really curious about it. The combination sounds odd, but I’m sure it’s a bit like carrot cake where you don’t really taste the vegetable at all.

Beautiful photos!! Off to have a look at your other posts …

February 21, 2012

LOL, totally awesome that we both cook from, eat and post the same recipe :-) Your cake looks amazing!!

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February 21, 2012

another one added to the bake list:)

February 21, 2012

The best thing about beetroot chocolate cakes is seeing the reaction of people you feed it to! This one looks especially moist and yummy!

February 21, 2012

oh yeah my husband still gives that weird look at me whenever i mention beetroot cake! I think someday I will just use it in a cake and not tell him he he he (evil grin) 😉

February 21, 2012

Your recipe looks awesome – simple with not too many ingredients and I love that you use almond meal and beet marmalade. I think it’s starting to catch on that really tasty desserts can be made with added nutrition by substituting out the wheat flour and sugar. Love the idea…been tinkering around with the thought of doing a chocolate beet cake but haven’t mustered up the logistics behind it quite yet, so it was nice to see this post. Nice work and hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Beetroot marmalade? Oh, that’s something I would really like. This one needs to be saved.

February 21, 2012

Such an interesting flavour combination, resulted in an amazingly moist looking cake. Is one I would like to have a go at making.

February 21, 2012

Just realized that you made your own beet marmalade… now I have no excuse! :)

February 21, 2012

Have not tried this combination before and the beetroot marmalade sound very interesting! Not a preserve that you see on the supermarket shelves where I live! I have tried chocolate and zucchini and that was quite nice! :)

February 21, 2012

This sounds really interesting and good! I like that you made a marmalade instead of just incorporating the beetroot – I think it would be too heavy that way. I think I might have to try this!


I v never thought of combining beetroot with chocolate either, but then I though the same about chilli and choco and its one of my favourite food combinations by now!
one has to try out right? 😉

Looks wonderful by the way!

February 20, 2012

Beetroot and chocolate is such a strange idea but it totally works – I’ve made beetroot brownies before which were great. This cake looks like another level of awesomeness though – and love the idea of using beetroot marmalade rather than grated raw beet.

February 20, 2012

I have been planning to try beetroot with chocolate forever and honestly it is a rare vegetable + chocolate combination I think would work really well.