Double chocolate beetroot cake

Recipe: Double Chocolate Beetroot Cake

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You can't 'beet' this cake for flavour and wow-factor on Mother's Day

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This year, opt for something beyond the usual, and make Mum’s Sunday even sweeter with this rich, wonderfully moist, Double Chocolate Beetroot Cake, made from the heart. Beetroot is not just for the main course. The ingredients in this recipe work beautifully together to create a rich and indulgent sponge, with a luxurious butter and cream cheese filling. And it’s a superb recipe to do with the whole family and let’s face it, what kid doesn’t love chocolate cake? Here’s KitchenAid’s tried and tested recipe using a stand mixer in Beetroot – the KitchenAid Colour Of The Year to create the perfect mix with the turn of a switch…

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Recipe: Double Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Double chocolate beetroot cake

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes (not including cool time)

Servings: 10-12 (or a hungry 6!)

Special Equipment: KitchenAid Stand Mixer with flex edge paddle attachment; KitchenAid Artisan K400 Blender; saucepan; mixing bowl; measuring jug; three 9” cake tins; cooling racks; spatula

For the cake:

288g beetroots, peeled, cubed

4g instant espresso coffee

18g beetroot powder

21g cocoa powder

236ml water 120g sour cream or whole fat yogurt

4 large, free range eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

60ml olive oil

600g golden caster sugar

408g plain flour

2 tsps baking soda

1 tsp salt

113g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)

For the frosting:

226g unsalted butter, room temperature

452g cream cheese, room temperature

2 tsps vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

1-2 tsps beetroot powder (NB the more added the pinker the frosting)

875g icing sugar

For decoration: Fresh cherries (as many, or as few, as you wish)

Method:

1. Make the beet puree. Place prepared beets in a pan adding enough water to cover them by an inch. Bring to the boil then reduce to medium high heat and cook for 20 mins, or until a fork cleanly goes through. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked beets from the water and place them into the jar of the Artisan K400 Blender. Add 60ml of the beet liquid from the pot into the blender jar (reserving the remaining liquid in the pot). Blend on Speed 2 until beets are a smooth puree. Remove the puree from the blender and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/176ºC. Lightly grease three 9” cake tins and dust with cocoa powder.

3. Bring the water and 250ml of the beet liquid to a boil. (Discard the remaining beet liquid.) Remove from heat. In a separate bowl whisk together the cocoa, espresso, and beet powders then pour the boiling water over the powders, whisking to fully dissolve. Then, add 250ml of the beet puree and the sour cream/yogurt and whisk again until combined. Set aside.

4. Put the eggs, vanilla extract and the olive oil into the measuring jug. Do not mix. Set aside.

5. Attach the flex edge paddle attachment to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer and add the sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt into the mixing bowl. Turn to Speed 2 and allow it to mix for 30 seconds. Reduce speed to Stir and slowly pour the wet beet mixture into the dry mixture, then slowly add the egg/olive oil mixture one egg at a time. Once all wet ingredients are added, increase to Speed 2 for 10 seconds. Remove bowl from the mixer and set aside.

6. Melt the chocolate using a double-boiler method (making sure not to have the bowl touching the water), or microwave in ten second intervals. Hand whisk the melted chocolate into the batter.

7. Pour a third of the batter into each of the prepared cake pans and bake in the preheated oven for 30 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove cakes from the oven and allow to sit on a cooling rack for 10 mins before removing to completely cool.

8. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Fit the flex edge beater back onto the Stand Mixer and add butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and salt to the mixing bowl. Cream the ingredients together on Speed 6 until completely combined and nicely whipped, about 3-4 mins. Reduce to Stir, add in the beet powder and ⅓ of the powdered sugar then increase to Speed 4 to incorporate; repeat two more times to mix in all of the powdered sugar, then allow to whip on Speed 4 for 60 seconds.

9. When the cakes have completely cooled, place one layer of cake on a plate or cake stand and use the spatula to gently spread an even layer of frosting over the top, then another cake, frosting, and last layer of cake. Top the cake with a final layer of frosting, a light dusting of beet powder and cherries. Chill completely to set the frosting before serving.

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