Dark Chocolate, Date and Beetroot Cake

This is a very moist, almost fudgy chocolate cake.

The dark chocolate, earthy beetroot and dark caramel notes from the dates result in a richly flavoured cake that is not overly sweet.

  • 2 medium     Beetroot, about 320-340g
  • ¾ cup     Thick greek yoghurt
  • 4     Eggs
  • ¾ cup     White sugar
  • 2 cups     Dates, approx 350g, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup     Water
  • 1 cup     Plain flour
  • ¼ cup     Cocoa powder, good quality
  • 1 tsp     Baking powder
  • 1 cup     Ground almonds, blanched
  • 150 g     Dark chocolate, good quality (I used Whittakers Dark Ghana), broken into pieces
  • ¾ cup     Oil, neutral or nut (canola, grapeseed, macadamia, walnut)
  • Icing
  • 100 g     Dark chocolate, good quality, broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp     Oil, neutral or nut

  1. Heat oven to 200C.
  2. Wrap each whole beetroot individually in tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer goes through the middle with no resistance. Unwrap beetroot and allow to cool before scraping of their skins. Roughly chop.
  3. Lower oven temperature to 180C. Grease and line a round spring-form cake tin (approx. 25cm in size) with baking paper.
  4. Place dates and water in a small pot. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until dates are mushed up.
  5. Puree beetroot with yoghurt in a food processor until well combined. Add eggs, sugar and date puree, and blitz until well combined.
  6. Sieve flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together. Mix in ground almonds.
  7. Melt chocolate gently in a bowl over simmering water. Stir in oil.
  8. In a large bowl, combine flour, melted chocolate and beetroot mixtures. Fold together with a large metal spoon until well combined. Do not over-mix. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and bake for 60 minutes until cake springs bake when lightly pressed (the cake is quite fudgy so a skewer inserted into the middle will not come out clean).
  9. Stand 5-10 minutes before removing from tin.
  10. To make the icing, melt chocolate gently in a bowl over simmering water. Stir in oil. Ice cake with chocolate when cool. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, ice-cream or creme fraiche.

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Cake Magazine: Dark Chocolate, Date and Beetroot Cake
Dark Chocolate, Date and Beetroot Cake
This is a very moist, almost fudgy chocolate cake.
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