beetroot chocolate cake

Beetroot Chocolate Cake

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Beetroot Chocolate Cake is something of a speciality of mine, because it only comes out for really special occasions.

Such as my good friend Michel’s birthday, this beetroot chocolate cake did the rounds and was a tremendous success.

It is probably the moistest cake you will ever eat, and I am not being overly dramatic here.

This Beetroot Chocolate Cake is the top dog!

Beetroot Chocolate Cake -The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 175g plain flour
  • 1½tsp baking powder
  • 200g sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 250g beetroot (not the vinegar stuff)
  • 3 eggs
  • 200ml Veg oil
  • 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Get the food processor, and blitz down the beetroot.

When the machine is running, add the eggs one at a time, then add the oil

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder to a bowl, and mix thoroughly.

Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix thoroughly.

Line a cake tin and fill it up with the mix. Cook in the oven for 45mins.

In the meantime, bring the cream up to the boil.

Break the chocolate up into a bowl, and pour over the hot cream. Mix thoroughly. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake, and allow to set in the fridge for 30mins.

The best beetroot chocolate cake there was ever made.

Beetroot Chocolate Cake – Cookware

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Kenwood Compact Food Processor, 1.4 Litre Bowl, Blender, Emulsifying, Chopping Blade, Shredder Disc 400 W, FP120A, White
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Russell Hobbs 24732 Desire Food Processor, 1.5 Litre Food Mixer with 5 Chopping, Slicing and Dough Attachments, Matte Black, 600 W
Bosch MutiTalent3 MCM3501MGB Food Processor, Plastic, 800W - Black
Kenwood Compact Food Processor, 1.4 Litre Bowl, Blender, Emulsifying, Chopping Blade, Shredder Disc 400 W, FP120A, White
VonShef 750W Food Processor - Blender, Chopper, Multi Mixer Machine with Dough Blade, Shredder & Grater Attachment – 2L Mixing Bowl & 1.8L Jug
Russell Hobbs 24732 Desire Food Processor, 1.5 Litre Food Mixer with 5 Chopping, Slicing and Dough Attachments, Matte Black, 600 W
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Kenwood Compact Food Processor, 1.4 Litre Bowl, Blender, Emulsifying, Chopping Blade, Shredder Disc 400 W, FP120A, White
Kenwood Compact Food Processor, 1.4 Litre Bowl, Blender, Emulsifying, Chopping Blade, Shredder Disc 400 W, FP120A, White
£33.95
VonShef 750W Food Processor - Blender, Chopper, Multi Mixer Machine with Dough Blade, Shredder & Grater Attachment – 2L Mixing Bowl & 1.8L Jug
VonShef 750W Food Processor - Blender, Chopper, Multi Mixer Machine with Dough Blade, Shredder & Grater Attachment – 2L Mixing Bowl & 1.8L Jug
£74.99
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Russell Hobbs 24732 Desire Food Processor, 1.5 Litre Food Mixer with 5 Chopping, Slicing and Dough Attachments, Matte Black, 600 W
Russell Hobbs 24732 Desire Food Processor, 1.5 Litre Food Mixer with 5 Chopping, Slicing and Dough Attachments, Matte Black, 600 W
£144.95
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Bosch MutiTalent3 MCM3501MGB Food Processor, Plastic, 800W - Black
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Beetroot Chocolate Cake – Ingredient Breakdown

Beetroot

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The beetroot is the taproot portion of a beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, and also known as the table beet, garden beet, sugar beet, red beet, dinner beet or golden beet

It is one of several cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and leaves (called beet greens); they have been classified as B. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris ‘Conditiva’ Group.

Besides being used as a food, beets have uses as a food colouring and as a medicinal plant. Many beet products are made from other Beta vulgaris varieties, particularly sugar beet.

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Flour

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Flour is a powder made by grinding raw grains, roots, beans, nuts, or seeds. It is used to make many different foods. 

Cereal flour is the main ingredient of bread, which is a staple food for most cultures. 

Wheat flour is one of the most important ingredients in Oceanic, European, South American, North American, Middle Eastern, North Indian and North African cultures, and is the defining ingredient in their styles of breads and pastries.

Wheat is the most common base for flour. 

Corn flour has been important in Mesoamerican cuisine since ancient times and remains a staple in the Americas. 

Rye flour is a constituent of bread in central Europe.

Cereal flour consists either of the endosperm, germ, and bran together (whole-grain flour) or of the endosperm alone (refined flour). 

Meal is either differentiable from flour as having slightly coarser particle size (degree of comminution) or is synonymous with flour; the word is used both ways. 

For example, the word cornmeal often connotes a grittier texture whereas corn flour connotes fine powder, although there is no codified dividing line.

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Sugar

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Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. Simple sugars, also called monosaccharides, include glucose, fructose, and galactose

Compound sugars, also called disaccharides or double sugars, are molecules composed of two monosaccharides joined by a glycosidic bond. Common examples are sucrose (glucose + fructose), lactose (glucose + galactose), and maltose (two molecules of glucose). In the body, compound sugars are hydrolysed into simple sugars. 

Table sugar, granulated sugar or regular sugar refers to sucrose, a disaccharide composed of glucose and fructose.

Longer chains of monosaccharides are not regarded as sugars, and are called oligosaccharides or polysaccharides. Some other chemical substances, such as glycerol and sugar alcohols, may have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugar.

Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants. Honey and fruit are abundant natural sources of unbounded simple sugars. Sucrose is especially concentrated in sugarcane and sugar beet, making them ideal for efficient commercial extraction to make refined sugar. In 2016, the combined world production of those two crops was about two billion tonnes. Maltose may be produced by malting grain. 

Lactose is the only sugar that cannot be extracted from plants. It can only be found in milk, including human breast milk, and in some dairy products. A cheap source of sugar is corn syrup, industrially produced by converting corn starch into sugars, such as maltose, fructose and glucose.

Sucrose is used in prepared foods (e.g. cookies and cakes), is sometimes added to commercially available processed food and beverages, and may be used by people as a sweetener for foods (e.g. toast and cereal) and beverages (e.g. coffee and tea). 

The average person consumes about 24 kilograms (53 lb) of sugar each year, or 33.1 kilograms (73 lb) in developed countries, equivalent to over 260 food calories per day. As sugar consumption grew in the latter part of the 20th century, researchers began to examine whether a diet high in sugar, especially refined sugar, was damaging to human health. Excessive consumption of sugar has been implicated in the onset of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and tooth decay

Numerous studies have tried to clarify those implications, but with varying results, mainly because of the difficulty of finding populations for use as controls that consume little or no sugar. In 2015, the World Health Organization recommended that adults and children reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10%, and encouraged a reduction to below 5%, of their total energy

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Cocoa Powder

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Dry cocoa solids are the components of cocoa beans remaining after cocoa butter, the fat component, is extracted from chocolate liquor, roasted cocoa beans that have been ground into a liquid state. 

Cocoa butter is 50% to 57% of the weight of cocoa beans and gives chocolate its characteristic melting properties. Cocoa powder is the powdered form of the solids sold as an end product.

Cocoa powder contains flavanol antioxidants, amounts of which are reduced if the cocoa is subjected to acid-reducing alkalization.

Health benefits have been attributed to cocoa flavonoids

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Chocolate

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Chocolate is a usually sweet, brown food preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds that is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods. The earliest evidence of use traces to the Olmecs (modern day Mexico), with evidence of chocolate beverages dating to 1900 BC.

The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs.

The word “chocolate” is derived from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl.

The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass, unadulterated chocolate in rough form. 

Once the cocoa mass is liquefied by heating, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor may also be cooled and processed into its two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Baking chocolate, also called bitter chocolate, contains cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions, without any added sugar.

 Powdered baking cocoa, which contains more fiber than it contains cocoa butter, can be processed with alkali to produce dutch cocoa. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter or added vegetable oils, and sugar. 

Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no cocoa solids.

Chocolate is one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and many foodstuffs involving chocolate exist, particularly desserts, including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate. 

Chocolate bars, either made of solid chocolate or other ingredients coated in chocolate, are eaten as snacks. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes (such as eggs, hearts, coins) are traditional on certain Western holidays, including Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Hanukkah. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, such as chocolate milk and hot chocolate, and in some alcoholic drinks, such as creme de cacao.

Although cocoa originated in the Americas, West African countries, particularly Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, are the leading producers of cocoa in the 21st century, accounting for some 60% of the world cocoa supply.

With some two million children involved in the farming of cocoa in West Africa, child slavery and trafficking were major concerns in 2018. 

However, international attempts to improve conditions for children were failing because of persistent poverty, absence of schools, increasing world cocoa demand, more intensive farming of cocoa, and continued exploitation of child labor.

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Eggs

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Some eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years.

Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes. The most commonly consumed eggs are chicken eggs. 

Other poultry eggs including those of duck and quail also are eaten. Fish eggs are called roe and caviar.

Egg yolks and whole eggs store significant amounts of protein and choline, and are widely used in cookery. 

Due to their protein content, the United States Department of Agriculture formerly categorized eggs as Meats within the Food Guide Pyramid (now MyPlate).

Despite the nutritional value of eggs, there are some potential health issues arising from cholesterol content, salmonella contamination, and allergy to egg proteins.

Chickens and other egg-laying creatures are kept widely throughout the world and mass production of chicken eggs is a global industry. 

In 2009, an estimated 62.1 million metric tons of eggs were produced worldwide from a total laying flock of approximately 6.4 billion hens.

There are issues of regional variation in demand and expectation, as well as current debates concerning methods of mass production. 

In 2012, the European Union banned battery husbandry of chickens.

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