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Chocolate and beetroot cake

Chocolate and beetroot cake
  • Serves: 8-10
  • Preparation time: 1 hour

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 190◦C/350◦F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line an eight inch round loose bottom or spring- form tin and line with a disc of greaseproof paper.
  • Blend the beetroot in a food processer until a rough puree is achieved.
  • Carefully melt the chocolate and hot espresso coffee, in a bowl suspended over a pan of boiling water.
  • Add the butter into the bowl to allow it to soften slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Sift the flour into the into chocolate and butter mixture, before adding the ground almonds, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix well.
  • Separate the eggs, then whisk the egg yolks in a bowl until pale and creamy. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks are formed and then add in the sugar.
  • Stir the beetroot puree into the beaten egg yolks, before adding the chocolate mixture from step 5 into the bowl. Fold gently, add the yogurt and stir again.
  • Add the egg white and sugar mix and gently fold in until all the ingredients are fully combined to form your cake mixture. 
  • Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes (or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean) Allow the cake to completely cool in the tin and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Remove the greaseproof paper if necessary.
  • To make the chocolate ganache, break the chocolate chunks into a bowl. Gently heat the cream until just boiling, remove from the heat and then pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces. Continue to stir until the chocolate is entirely melted.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache over the cake and allow to flow across the top and down the sides. Use a palette knife to help achieve a smooth, even texture.
  • Allow to set, leaving overnight for best results. 

Recipe courtesy of Rachel's

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