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#1 Sun 10 May 09 12:35pm

southernshandy

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Occupation Coffee shop manager
From Brighton, UK
Member since Sun 09 Mar 08

Beetroot cake

Hi everyone!

I bought a bunch of beetroots at a farmer's market yesterday, and have several recipes I want to try, but one thing I'd love to have a go at is making a beetroot cake. It sounds so interesting and different!  Does anyone have a good recipe for one? I've read that carrot cake recipes can be used, but is it simply a case of swapping the carrot for the same quantity of beetroot, or is it a more complicated than that?

Thanks loads!
Debs x

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#2 Sun 10 May 09 7:09pm

mincepie

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Member since Tue 07 Oct 08

Re: Beetroot cake

Nope, just add the beetroot as per your recipe instead of carrots.
Makes a lovely coloured cake, a little earthy in flavour, but worth a go.Hellish messy though.

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#3 Sun 10 May 09 7:18pm

mincepie

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Re: Beetroot cake

P.S. If you like a bit of novelty in your cakes......you can do the same with courgettes too.

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#4 Mon 11 May 09 4:08am

JoyYamDaisy

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From Melbourne Australia
Member since Sun 12 Apr 09

Re: Beetroot cake

Hi, I once had a beetroot and chocolate cake. The flavours were so good together! I just googled it and found heaps of recipes. Below is one, but I haven't tried it myself - although I might now I have a recipe!

Serves 8-10
Cooking time: 1 hour

75g Abundant Earth Cocoa powder
180g plain organic flour
250g caster sugar
250g cooked organic beetroot
3 large free range organic eggs
200ml vegetable oil of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
icing sugar to dust

    * Preheat oven to 180c and lightly butter a 20cm round cake tin.
    * Sift the cocoa, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Mix in the sugar
    * Blend the beetroot in a food processor. Add the eggs, one at a time, oil and vanilla. Process until smooth.
    * Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the wet mixture and lightly mix.
    * Pour into cake tin and bake for 50-60mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
    * Cover loosely with foil if the cake starts to brown at 30minutes. (expect the top to crack!)
    * Leave for 15minutes before removing from the tin, then cool a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve. :

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#5 Mon 11 May 09 6:20am

netsurfingran

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From Mosgiel, Otago New Zealand
Member since Mon 27 Apr 09

Re: Beetroot cake

Will have to try it. yummy

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#6 Mon 11 May 09 11:32am

Anna

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Re: Beetroot cake

Small hint:  don't use pickled beetroot.  And no, it wasn't me who did that.  Honest.

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#7 Mon 11 May 09 11:34am

Captain C

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Member since Tue 05 Feb 08

Re: Beetroot cake

Like the carrot in a carrot cake, beetroot keeps the cake moist and helps it to last for days — as if any chocolate cake is going to last for days.

Ingredients
Feeds 6. Takes 1 hour plus cooling.

50g bitter cocoa powder
180g plain flour
1½tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
250g caster sugar
300g cooked fresh beetroot
3 eggs
200ml corn oil
1tsp vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Butter and flour an 18cm (7in) round or square cake tin.

Sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Mix in the sugar and set aside.

Purée the beetroot in a food processor. Add the eggs, one at a time, then add the corn oil and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the beetroot mixture into the well. Lightly mix, using a rubber spatula, and pour into the prepared cake tin.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. It won’t rise a great deal and the top may crack a bit. Allow to cool a little before removing from the tin, then leave to cool completely on a wire rack. To serve, dust the cake with icing sugar or bitter cocoa powder, and cut into generous slices.

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#8 Mon 11 May 09 11:35am

rhianna899

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Re: Beetroot cake

Thanks for the recipe JoyYamDaisy, I've been racking my brains wondering what to do with the beetroots I got in my veg box last week, now I know  thumbsup

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#9 Tue 12 May 09 12:59pm

Salamb

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From Adelaide
Member since Sat 16 Aug 08

Re: Beetroot cake

I make a beetroot cake, it is a nice earthy type of cake. I think it originally cam from AWW.

250g fresh beetroot, trimmed (about 3)
250g butter, softened
3 tsp grated lemon rind
220g caster sugar (1 cup)
4 eggs
150g dried currants (1 cup)
150g plain flour (1 cup)
150g s.r. flour (1 cup)

preheat oven to moderate.
grease and line 20cm tin.
peel and grate beetroot (use gloves)
beat butter, rind & sugar till light and fluffy.
beat in the eggs one at a time. don't worry if it curdles, its will be ok.
stir in beetroot, currants and flours.
spread into pan.
bake 1 1/2 hours.
stand 10 minutes then turn out to cool.

I never ice this. I sometimes dust with icing sugar once cooled.

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#10 Wed 13 May 09 3:41am

JoyYamDaisy

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From Melbourne Australia
Member since Sun 12 Apr 09

Re: Beetroot cake

Oooh that one looks yummy too!

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