Chocolate, Beetroot and Orange Cake

A lovely cake that's rich in nutrients.

Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service

  • Preparation time: 20 mins
  • Cooking time: 25 mins
  • Serves: 6


Step 1

Roughly chop the chocolate into pieces, cut the butter into cubes and place both in a bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt.

Step 2

When the chocolate and butter have melted, put into a food processor or blender with the grated beetroot and vanilla and pulse until the ingredients have combined.

Step 3

Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl and beat with a whisk for 1 minute.

Step 4

Use a large metal spoon to fold the beetroot mix into the whisked egg mixture. Try to conserve as much air in the mixture as you can.

Step 5

Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, add the orange zest and then gently fold these in to make a smooth batter.

Step 6

Grease a square cake tin and line it with greaseproof parchment.

Step 7

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes, or until risen all over.

Step 8

Cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares.


Beetroot is rich in minerals, such as iron and potassium.

It is a great ingredient for cakes, adding moisture and sweetness, as well as nutrients.

Dr Juliet Gray, Company Nutritionist