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Chocolate Brownie and Beetroot Cake

Chocolate Brownie and Beetroot Cake

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PREP TIME 50 min
COOK TIME 20 min
SERVINGS 8

A delicious chocolate brownie and beetroot cake with beetroot colored icing and beetroot crisps.

Chocolate Brownie and Beetroot Cake

It is pretty simple despite having to roast the beets before hand, so it might take a little longer than your usual flour, egg, baking powder and sugar cake mixes.

Ingredients

  • 150 gr butter
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 4 medium sized beets, drizzled with olive oil and roasted in foil until soft
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cups of flour
  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • one fresh grated beet - juices retained
  • one thinly sliced beet - roasted for beetroot crisps

Directions

  • 1Place the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a microwavable dish and microwave until the butter has melted. Stir to combine the ingredients. Set aside to cool.
  • 2Add the vanilla essence and mix.
  • 3After the beets have roasted for approximately 50 minutes and cooled, gently remove the skin with a paring knife.
  • 4Place the roasted beets and eggs into your food blender and blend until smooth.
  • 5Mix the beets and eggs with the butter and cocoa mixture until incorporated.
  • 6Fold in the flour.
  • 7Transfer the batter to a prepared, round cake tin and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until just set.
  • 8Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • 9For the icing; in an electric mixer, combine the icing sugar with butter and vanilla essence.
  • 10Slowly add some of the beet juices that has been retained by grating a fresh beet. You can add a drop or two of water to the grated beet and press it with cheesecloth to allow the juices to drain.
  • 11Mix until you have a spreadable consistency.
  • 12Lastly, add the thinly sliced beets to a baking tray and set the oven on grill. Grill these slices until crispy.
  • 13To assemble the cake; carefully place your brownie cake on a platter and spread with beautiful coloured icing.
  • 14Finish it off with roasted beet crisps and dust with confectioners sugar.

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