Beetroot Chocolate Einkorn Cake | © 2014 |

This easy, moist beet and chocolate cake recipe comes from Nigel Slater. The plain cooked vacuum packed beetroot keeps this rich chocolate cake wonderfully moist and extra delicious.

  • 200 g Unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
  • 250 g Vacuum-packed beetroot
  • 200 g 70% Dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp Hot espresso
  • 130 g Einkorn grain, ground into flour (or spelt flour)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 3 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 5 Eggs, separated
  • 0,6 g Pure stevia extract powder (or 190 g golden caster sugar)
  • 80 g Powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp Organic beet juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 20-cm / 8-in cake tin with a little butter and line the bottom of the tin with a disc of baking parchment.
  2. Blend the beetroot in a food processor to a rough purée.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water), then pour in the hot coffee.
  4. Stir in the butter in small pieces and leave to soften. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa together in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Separate the eggs. Whisk the yolks in a bowl until frothy. Stir the eggs into the chocolate and butter mixture, then fold in the beetroot.
  7. Whisk the egg whites until still peaks form when the whisk is removed. Fold in the stevia, then fold into the chocolate mixture, then the flour mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin.
  8. Combine the sifted powdered sugar with the beet juice until smooth. Pour the glaze over the cake and allow the icing to set. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |

I am sending this to Chocolate Contest held in Torta Della Figlia.


Catherine 26/1/15 06:31

Dear Angie, Chocolate cake is my favorite. This looks incredibly moist and delicious. xoxo Catherine

Betty 26/1/15 06:45

This is perfect timing! My friend gave me some Einkorn flour last week, and I have been wondering what I was going to make with it! I love beets, and they give this cake a lovely reddish tint. I won't tell my hubby they're in the cake though, if I want him to eat it. On second thought, maybe I WILL tell him... :)

faithy bakes 26/1/15 07:31

I have to try this! Looks amazing!

Sharon D 26/1/15 07:56

What a gorgeous cake, Angie. It looks so moist...I'm dying for a taste! ^.^

Rosa's Yummy Yums 26/1/15 09:29

Wonderfully moist and tempting!



Alida 26/1/15 10:36

Angie, what a beautiful cake!! I love your addition of espresso and wow.. it has risen ever so well. Love the colour of beetroot. I am using this vegetable more now to add colour too. Have a great week!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 26/1/15 12:16

Your cake is amazing Angie. Who doesn't love chocolate. It would make a gorgeous birthday cake.

Barbara 26/1/15 12:54

Lovely dark and moist cake, Angie, made gorgeous with that beet glaze! So pretty.

Shibi Thomas 26/1/15 13:28

Wow, the cake is so moist and I loved the pink color of the frosting made with beets!!

Rebecca Subbiah 26/1/15 14:49

this looks wonderful must add more veggies to cake

Monica 26/1/15 14:49

I love how moist that interior looks...and that beautiful pink glaze is just the finish for this beetroot chocolate cake!

Noob Cook 26/1/15 15:42

I'm loving the pink swirls glaze ... pretty!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 26/1/15 16:03

Chocolate cake can't be beet! Love it and the pink glaze is oh so gorgeous!

Shashi Charles 26/1/15 16:36

Wow - love how fluffy this looks Angie! I have made a beetroot and chocolate cake before - but mine always looks more dense!

Mijú 26/1/15 16:50

Este dulce esta de exposición :-)
Un saludito

Geraldine Saucier 26/1/15 16:52

This cake does look incredibly moist. I would have never thought of using beet root in a cake. Need to try this. Thanks for sharing:)

Balvinder Ubi 26/1/15 17:25

Seems like I am the only one who has not tried beetroot in cakes. Your cake looks moist and tender!

Susan Mckee-Nugent 26/1/15 17:53

I really want this!! And I have Einkorn flour :) Thank you!.

Pam 26/1/15 18:07

It looks pretty and delicious!

CookWith Manali 26/1/15 19:13

That's such a pretty cake Angie! :)

Nazneen Hamilton 26/1/15 19:58

What a gorgeous cake!! Love the colour and it looks fabulously moist too!

Beth 26/1/15 23:23

Who'd guess there were beetroots in this lovely cake? What a great idea.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 26/1/15 23:41

I still have yet to try beets in a baked recipe like this. The cake looks so moist and delicious, Angie! I would have to make sure my husband doesn't know there are beets in it :)

GG 26/1/15 23:49

This looks amazing and the beetroot juice icing is a wonderful colour. I've been interested in trying to use Einkorn, this would be a perfect recipe to start. GG

Yelena Strokin 27/1/15 00:15

Wonderful and healthy recipe, for a beet and chocolate lovers like myself!

Jasna Varcakovic 27/1/15 01:23

I've tried chocolate cake with grated beetroot inside; but that cake above is so attractive with beet icing; beautiful!

Tricia Buice 27/1/15 01:40

Wow Angie - I've always wanted to try using beets in a dessert and this looks wonderful. I love that you used the beet juice in the icing - very clever! Have a great week :)

Ashley@CookieMonsterCooking 27/1/15 01:45

Beetroot and chocolate just sound like a match made in heaven! This cake looks wonderful!

Amy (Savory Moments) 27/1/15 01:52

Wow - what a spectacular cake, Angie! That frosting looks so fun and pretty!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 27/1/15 03:12

That beetroot icing is quite beautiful, I love the colour :D

Choc Chip Uru

Gingi Freeman 27/1/15 04:45

Ohhhhhh, so yummy! Thanks for sharing!!! -

The Yum List 27/1/15 06:11

Love that shot of the icing being poured on the cake.

kitchen flavours 27/1/15 11:37

This is such a beautiful cake! And I like Nigel Slater's recipes!

Kelly LifemadeSweeter 27/1/15 12:59

Your beetroot cake looks gorgeous, Angie! I love the pretty colors and the glaze sounds perfect!

Emma | Fork and Good 27/1/15 16:15

I LOVE how pink that glaze is! Beautiful cake, beautiful pictures :)

Marcela 27/1/15 16:30

wow! That's such an amazing cake! I must give this beetroot recipe a try! So curious! Looks lovely!

Raven Driemeyer 27/1/15 16:33

Strangely enough, I have actually seen this before! I bet it was amazing :-)

Gloria Baker 27/1/15 17:00

Beautiful!! The beetroot give an amazing colour!!
Times ago I made a tart with beetroot and was delicious!!
Love the shots Angie!!

fimère .b 27/1/15 20:17

la betterave donne une jolie couleur pour le glaçage il doit être délicieux
bonne soirée

Pam 27/1/15 20:47

This is a unique cake, I bet it's very moist and delicious. The glaze makes it even better, great color!

Sue/the view from great island 27/1/15 21:46

Spectacular! I love cooking with beets, I bet this cake has an amazingly moist texture!

Jeanette 27/1/15 23:21

I love the brilliant color in your icing from the beet juice - what a great idea!

Nippon Nin 28/1/15 00:13

Stunning cake! So very original! The photos looks great too!

GlutenFreeHappyTummy 28/1/15 01:22

what a gorgeous cake! sounds delicious!

Patty Price 28/1/15 02:57

Such a striking cake Angie- love all your favors and ingredients! Good luck in the contest :)

Cheri Savory Spoon 28/1/15 04:03

Hi Angie, I love Nigel Slater's recipes, heard of using beets before for moisture........ this looks like the real deal. Beautiful pictures!

Anne Regalado 28/1/15 09:33

Angie , your cake looks very moist and sinfully chocolaty ! The beet glaze itself looks wonderful :D

Joanne 28/1/15 13:21

That hot pink icing! GIrl, you know just how to catch my eye!

Rosemary Wolbert 28/1/15 15:52

So creative . . . . and a wonderful Valentine treat. I love how vegetables and chocolate play so well together!

Hema 28/1/15 16:45

The cake and the glaze, both look fantastic...

Kiran @ 28/1/15 18:31

Looks so decadent!! I love beets in a chocolate cake. Kinda makes it healthy to eat too! :D

Mireya @myhalthyeatinghabits 29/1/15 02:19

It looks so moist. it reminds me of the red devil chocolate cake my grandmother used to make, but I'm sure this is a lot healthier!

[Reply] 29/1/15 03:51

Wow the color contrast with the drizzle and the chocolate cake looks divine. It looks very spongy like as well. I need to make a chocolate cake soon. Perhaps for Valentine's.

Kitchen Belleicious 29/1/15 04:28

oh my goodness that look delish. so moist and rich and yet the beetroot adds a nice light touch to it and such a beautiful color

Helene Dsouza 29/1/15 11:11

beetroot and chocolate is a match in heaven no? I discovered this recently too. =) Can't wait to transform the common local red beets into this perfect looking cake.

Christine Ho 29/1/15 12:40

Wow, amazing combination of beetroot glaze with chocolate cake. Your cake is so tempting, Angie.

Chris Scheuer 29/1/15 15:58

How fun and pretty Angie. I've made lots of zucchini and carrot cakes but never with beets, what a great idea!

grace 29/1/15 17:20

i like chocolate and espresso together, and that glaze is the prettiest hue ever!

Couscous & Consciousness 30/1/15 02:05

I made this cake of Nigel's a few months back and I loved it. Totally love your gorgeous pink icing though - wish I'd thought of that.

Julia | 30/1/15 07:02

I love beets! I am usually the only one who loves them! Always wanted to try them in a cake!

Shu Han 30/1/15 12:10

Angie this looks delicious! I love it when vegetables are hidden in cakes. It makes me feel slightly better eating extra slices ;) Also, they actually make the cake much more moist! I've done beetroot chocolate combination before, and I also really like using carrot in cakes.Love that you use Einkorn flour, much better than modern varieties of processed wheat.

Jean | 30/1/15 14:47

Angie, this is wonderful! But I'm wondering, how deep is your cake tin? Good to see how well beetroot juice works as a food coloring because I refuse to use fake food coloring.

Angie Schneider 30/1/15 16:17

@Jean |
I got my springform pan from ALDI and it's about 7,8cm deep.

Gourmet Getaways 30/1/15 17:23

Interesting and fun cake. Love the colours! Kids and adults will surely like this :)

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 30/1/15 19:11

I'm all for the inclusion of beets in almost anything, and this cake looks lovely! The splash of pink is a nice, playful touch.

Asha Shivakumar 30/1/15 21:25

Angie, you did it again. This cake is absolutely moist, delicious looking and than frosting...oh my(sigh).
It is such a perfect celebration cake. Love it my dear.

Liz Berg 31/1/15 04:08

Whoa, the texture of your cake looks divine!!! Chocolate Nirvana for sure!!!

Easyfoodsmith 31/1/15 07:56

That pink glaze is....oooh la la! I made chocolate and beet cake two years back and i can imagine how moist that cake must be. However einkorn is a new ingredent for me. Also, I like espresso in this cake.

mjskit 31/1/15 18:47

I'm not a big cake eater but I can honestly say that this chocolate beet cake is my favorite!! My SIL made it for my birthday a couple of years ago and it was awesome! You describe it perfectly - super rich, moist and delicious and of course, your pictures prove it!

Esther Lau 1/2/15 10:17

Hi Angie, I like this pretty pink beetroot glaze and moist chocolate cake!!! Gorgeous!!!

Anonymous 1/2/15 10:56

I made your divine festive spelt beetroot cake & loved making it! It was fun, fun, fun!
I love the drizzled tasty glaze too! I am not used in making these kind of cakes but it was very tasty too, Angie!! xxx

Roz Corieri Paige 1/2/15 22:16

I can just see the ultra-moistness of this cake shining through the photos! WOW, Angie, WOW!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen 2/2/15 01:58

This looks pretty and I love the pink frosting.

Sokehah Cheah 2/2/15 16:41

Learning something new today ... Einkorn flour. Thanks for sharing!

The Caked Crusader 2/2/15 19:55

Wow - what a cake! It looks amazing.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 2/2/15 20:53

I have been meaning for a while to make a cake with beet root, yours look perfect. And love the glaze with beetroot juice too. Great dessert.

Eliza Setiawan 4/2/15 14:00

oh my, that looks so delish!

Jeannie Tay 5/2/15 02:10

Looks amazing! So moist and gorgeous...bookmarked!

Gemma 6/2/15 15:03

Your cake looks so moist and fluffy! ^_^ That's my favorite type of chocolate cake!
Also, that icing is super gorgeous! Love the idea of adding color to icings and frostings with natural ingredients, beetroot juice has one of the most beautiful colors.


Emma @ Bake Then Eat 6/2/15 22:57

I love adding beetroot to chocolate cake such a great combination! This one looks amazing I love that bright icing all aver it :D

Terra 18/2/15 01:05

Your cake looks so moist and delicious! I love the idea of adding beetroot, they have a lovely sweetness for a baked treat! Yum, Hugs, Terra

Muna Kenny 4/3/15 12:33

This cake looks perfectly moist!


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