The Crazy Kitchen: 2-of-your-5-a-day Chocolate Cake

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

2-of-your-5-a-day Chocolate Cake

When I created my last recipe for the Swallow's Recipes for Life challenge, I also promised a chocolate cake, so here it is. It's a lovely moist cake that takes no time at all to make, and best of all has hidden veggies in. The topping is my favourite quick topping for chocolate cake as it's not too sweet but lovely and chocolatey. I usually use dark chocolate spread from Asda but the supermarket I shopped in last weekend only had milk chocolate spread, soyou just need a bit more.
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You can read more about the Recipes for life challenge here, this month the ingredients are beetroot, carrots and cheese, and believe it or not, this cake has all 3.


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2-of-your-5-a-day Chocolate Cake

150g cooked carrots
135g cooked beetroot (not pickled)
185g butter, softened
285g Caster sugar
5 Eggs
285g SR flour
40g Cocoa powder
2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
200g Cream cheese (full fat works best)
200g Chocolate spread


  • Add the carrots, beetroot, butter, sugar & eggs to a food processor & blitz until smooth
  • Mix the flour with the cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda
  • Add the flour mix to the food processor with the motor running until all combined
  • Pour into a greased & lined rectangular cake tin (approx 32cm x 22cm)
  • Bake in a 200 C oven for 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted
  • Allow to cool in the tin
  • Beat the cream cheese and chocolate spread together and spread over the cooled cake
  • Decorate as desired or just sprinkle with cocoa powder


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Neither the beetroot or carrot can be detected in the cake, and in the words of my 10 year old beetroot hating daughter 'it's soooooo good'.

This has been entered into the Rix November challenge

7 comments:

  1. This looks so moist and fluffy. I don't think I have ever considered chucking beetroot or veg in general in a cake, but I am hearing more and more about beetroot in chocolate cake, so I might have to try it one day. I love beetroot - pickled, unfortunately ;)

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  2. it's really light, much lighter than normal chocolate cakes. Beetroot in cake is great, especially for the colour - I did once use pickled and just added more sugar! x

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  3. mmmmmm i bet that was really lovely and moist Helen. good to fool the family too!!!

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  4. Katie @mummydaddyme20 March 2013 at 20:55

    Ooh this looks very yummy indeed Helen!

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  5. How unusual! Looks delicious!

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  6. Older single. Mum30 March 2013 at 15:19

    I absolutely know this would be good and we are definitely going to make. It!

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  7. ooooh looks yum! I like that you pointed out 'not pickled' :-)

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