Feb 5, 2011

Beetroot, chocolate and orange loaf

Beetroot, chocolate & orange loaf

Beetroot is actually very sweet and keeps this rich chocolate loaf wonderfully moist. Make it for your friends, then ask them to guess the mystery ingredient. This loaf has a surprisingly smooth velvety texture and rich chocolate taste. Really good with yoghurt.

Ingredients (Makes 8 slices)
1 large cooked beetroot, about 180 gr,
225 gr flour,
100 gr cocoa,
1 Tbsp baking powder,
225 gr sugar
3 eggs,
juice and grated zest of a half large orange (reserve zest from the other half for decoration)
2 tsp vanilla essence,
200 ml sunflower oil,
100 gr dark chocolate (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
2 tbsp orange liqueur (optional)
Chocolate for frosting  (optional)
Crème fraiche or yoghurt, to serve

1. Heat the oven to 190C, Line a 900gr loaf tin with baking paper.

2. Tip the beetroot into a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Add a pinch of salt, sugar, eggs, orange juice, zest, vanilla and liqueur. Mix well.

3. Mix together flour, cocoa and baking powder, then add it to the liquid mixture, stir well.

4. Add the oil in a steady stream, while whizzing, as if you were making a mayonnaise.

5. When all the oil has been added, stir in the chocolate, then tip the mix into prepared loaf tin. Bake for about 1 hour until an inserted skewer comes out practically clean. Leave the loaf to cool on a rack.

6. Cover the loaf with a melted chocolate and decorate with orange zest if desired. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche or thick yoghurt.

Beetroot, chocolate & orange loaf



  1. when I`m looking at this I`m really hungry :) with such delicious combo it must be awesome! I`m so glad I found your blog and I`m going to stop by your blog more often :)

  2. What an interesting ingredient to use in a cake, I am looking forward to trying this recipe, I am bookmarking it, will let you know how it turns out. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I've tried squash, pumpkin and even avocado with chocolate, what a great idea to bake a chocolate cake with beets! Thank you.

  4. OMG! I never tried avocado with chocolate. Could you please give me a recipe?

  5. Do you have twitter, facebook or subscription so I can follow your blog? I can't find it on your site?

  6. Sorry, I didn't see your reply. Here is the recipe http://zveruska.livejournal.com/14998.html

  7. Hi, Alli, I'm working on the blog redesign now, so new subscription buttons and even new domain name are coming soon.

  8. Made it! Love it! Thank you, it’s delicious.


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