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Beetroot and chocolate cake

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This deliciously moist cake is a chocolate lover's dream. So, make it come true!

  • Serves12
  • Cook time45 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + cooling time
Beetroot and chocolate cake on a serving plate with a slice cut and in a bowl


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 1 cup cooled pureed beetroot (see recipe tips)
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • ⅓ cup (35g) cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup (180ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream, whipped

Candied beetroot

  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • ½ cup (125ml) water
  • 1 medium beetroot, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Chocolate drizzle

  • 1 cup (150g) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • 10g softened butter
  • 1½ tbsp milk

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven 180°C. Grease a 20cm baba or bundt pan.
  2. Step 2

    Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the beetroot, flour, cocoa powder and buttermilk, in 2 batches, and stir to combine. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.
  3. Step 3

    Bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 mins to cool before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, to make the candied beetroot, combine the sugar and water in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until sugar dissolves. Add the beetroot. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, turning occasionally, for 20 mins or until beetroot is slightly translucent and syrup thickens. Transfer the beetroot to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Add the lemon juice to the pan and stir to combine.
  5. Step 5

    To make the chocolate drizzle, combine the icing sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk in a small bowl. Stir until well combined. Drizzle over the cooled cake immediately.
  6. Step 6

    Top the cake with whipped cream and candied beetroot slices and drizzle with the syrup.

Recipe tip

To make 1 cup of beetroot puree, wrap 1 large beetroot or 2 medium beetroots in foil. Place on a baking tray. Bake at 180C for 1 hour or until tender. Set aside to cool completely, then peel and coarsely chop. Place in a blender or food processor and blend or process until smooth.