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Textured chocolate layer cake

Easy Beetroot Chocolate Cake

Full of chocolate - you can't even taste the beetroot!
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Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course cakes, Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 12 slices



  • 260 g plain flour sifted
  • 15 g baking powder
  • 110 g cocoa sifted
  • 320 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 3 large eggs or 4 small eggs
  • 225 g roasted beetroot, chopped
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • 50 ml milk

For the buttercream frosting

  • 500 g butter, softened
  • 750 g icing sugar sifted
  • 120 g cocoa sifted
  • 100 ml milk you may need more or less to achieve the desired consistency
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/170°C for fan ovens. Grease 3 8 inch (20cm) cake pans and line with baking parchment.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sugar to a large bowl.
  • Add the roasted beetroot, oil and eggs to a blender/thermomix/nutribullet and blitz until smooth
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix together carefully until just blended.
  • Transfer to the cake pans/moulds ensuring that an equal amount of cake batter goes into each one. Measure on scales if needed.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a clean skewer comes out clean after inserting into middle of the cake. Leave to cool.
    3 chocolate cake layers
  • Meanwhile make the buttercream frosting. Add the soft butter to a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla essence. Gradually add the icing sugar/cocoa to the bowl, and keep mixing with an electric whisk. If it gets too hard to blend, add a little milk to the bowl. If the mix ends up too thin, add more icing sugar.
  • Once you have removed the cake layers from the moulds, chill in the fridge to firm up. Then arrange the layers on a cake plate, covering each layer with frosting before adding a new layer. Once all three layers are arranged, generously cover the entire cake with the remaining buttercream.
    Cake slice and full chocolate beet cake
Keyword Beetroot, buttercream, chilli powder, Chocolate, chocolate cake, cocoa, layer cake
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