Beetroot chocolate cake

Beetroot Chocolate Cake

12 December 2023

Ever used beetroot in cakes? Try our chocolate and beetroot cake for a lighter version of the standard chocolate cake offering.

Using beetroot in cakes can help keep it moist and cooked beetroot has a lovely sweet taste, making it a great ingredient for a sweet treat.

Nutritional highlights

Folate - Beetroot is a great source of folate also known as vitamin B9. Folate is needed in the body to form healthy red blood cells and plays a role in reducing the risk of birth defects during pregnancy.

Potassium - Both beetroots and raspberries contain potassium which helps control our fluid balance and help the heart muscle work properly. Raspberries are also good sources of fibre which can help keep us regular and boost our gut health.

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Makes: 10 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

  • 250g cooked beetroot
  • 175g plain flour
  • 200g apple sauce
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 17g granulated sweetener (equivalent to 100g sugar)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 200g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp icing sugar
  • 200g raspberries


Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4

Using a 23cm cake tin, line with parchment paper.

Sieve the cocoa, flour, baking powder and sweetener into a large bowl.

Drain and cut the beetroot into halves then blend in a blender or food processor. Whilst blending add in each egg one at a time then add in the apple sauce then blend everything together until the liquid is smooth.

Stir this mixture into the cocoa and flour mix then mix in the chocolate.

Pour into the tin and cook for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes then turn out and leave to fully cool.

For the topping/filling mix together the yoghurt and icing sugar in a small bowl and fold in the raspberries.

Once the sponge is fully cooled, spread the yoghurt mixture over one half if using as a filling or over the top if using as a topping.

Healthy swaps/tips

  • Check the packaging of the sweetener you use as they vary in sweetness.
  • You can swap out for raspberries for other berries or even some dried fruit.
  • Beetroot can stain your fingers, to avoid this you can wear gloves.