, Step by step

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.