The Best Chocolate and Beetroot Cake – Our Go-To, Never-Fail Birthday Cake

Ah, it’s a big day here at Casa Catastrophe.

It’s Dexbox’s 13th birthday, we lose another son to the Teenage Years.

To celebrate and commiserate, here’s the recipe for the cake the twins and I will be baking for him. It’s a chocolate and beetroot cake, rich and indulgent but with veggies too. And super easy, that’s important.

It’s a cake that has stood the test of time in this family.

chocolate and beetroot cake birthday cake

Beetroot and Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 3 eggs
  • 450g can of whole baby beetroot
  • 50g cocoa
  • 200g SR flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark chocolate
  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Drain beetroot and then blend with the eggs until very smooth.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter together. I gently microwave, but use whatever method you prefer.
  4. Sift flour then mix in with cocoa and sugar.
  5. Mix all ingredients together.
  6. Bake in your favourite pan, stand in tin before turning out. Or make muffins
  7. Makes one large chocolate cake or a zillion muffins.
I have been using wholewheat flour when I am making this cake for not so special occasions eg using it to make cupcakes for the kids’ lunchboxes. Just need to use a bit less flour and let it stand for 10 mins before baking.  But for the birthday cake, I do use white flour and then usually ice with a mix of half dark chocolate, half sour cream, very decadent.

chocolate and beetroot cake birthday

 Do you have a never-fail birthday cake recipe??

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  1. I love to make cupcakes…my favorite is chocolate cupcake with chambord chocolate frosting …thanks for sharing all dis…i luved it..

  2. This looks delicious. I love tinned beetroot and always have a tin in the cupboard … guess what will be in the lunchboxes this week?

  3. Thanks for the fab recipe. I can see how ‘no fail’ it is!!! x

  4. I googled “best beetroot chocolate cake” and this is where I ended up! It was wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I noted when I was half way through mixing that you hadn’t included a time for baking. I baked it in a ring tin and it took 45mins
    .No-one could believe there was beetroot in it!

  5. I’ve always wanted to try a chocolate cake with beetroot, so thanks I’ll try this one when the fancy takes me.

    Two teenagers, what an achievement for both of you.
    Happy Birthday.


    PS Hope you are rocking your new job

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