Beetroot and White Chocolate Cake

Beetroot and white chocolate cake blog post title picture

Okay, so you know I like to post a few recipes up on the blog, and have posted a few more unusual ones such as; Dandelion and Burdock Cake and Milopitakia (apple stuffed biscuits).  I thought I would keep in with the unusual theme, and sought inspiration from my recent trip to Staithes when we visited a vintage tea room with a few different types of cakes. The cake of choice being Beetroot and White Chocolate Cake. 

Cake on a plate with fork

So, not knowing where to start with making the beetroot cake I headed off to good ole’ Google and came across My Dish’s recipe for the cake, and then went onto the shops to purchase a few ingredients. I slightly deviated from the recipe by using olive oil rather than sunflower oil and bicarbonate of soda rather than baking powder.

Just to warn you this recipe can be quite messy, and I used disposable gloves to pick up and cut the beetroot. The beetroot then needs to be mushed, either in a food processor or by hand blender. I used the latter option as I hate having to clean the food processor when I’ve used it. This method probably adds a few minutes to the overall preparation time.
The cake batter can be quite a loose one too, so if you have ever made something like a Guinness cake then it is a similar consistency.

Chopped beetroot

Beetroot and white chocolate cake mix

After mixing everything together as the recipe stated, it was time to bake the cake. The recipe says that it takes around 45 minutes to bake…I found that mine too a hell of a lot longer than that. Nearly 2 hours! I’m not quite sure what I did wrong, either the oven was too low, or the batter runnier than it should, but it took a long time to bake. Luckily the cake still turned out brilliant and was super yummy!

There was a hint of the beetroot but the flavour definitely did not overpower the cake, and it tasted mainly of a deliciously rich chocolate cake, very similar to red velvet. I opted to put a bit of vanilla topping on and used one we had around rather than making it myself. Betty Crocker to the rescue!

Beetroot and white chocolate cake

Beetroot and white chocolate cake with vanilla frosting

Beetroot and white chocolate cake on a plate

Do you fancy having a go at this cake?

Check out my Instagram Story (highlight) for a sneak peak behind the scenes of making this cake 🙂

Here’s the recipe:

Beetroot and White Chocolate Cake 
350g Cooked (peeled) Beetroot
150g Self-Raising Flour
230g Golden Caster Sugar
200g White Chocolate (chopped into chunks)
40g Cocoa Powder
2tbs Cocoa Powder (for dusting)
4 Eggs
2tsp Vanilla Extract / Essence
1tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
165ml Sunflower Oil
Vanilla frosting
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C / Gas Mark 3. Grease and lin your selected cake tin. 28cm tin is advised.
  2. Take the beetroot, oil and vanilla essence and blend together until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Again, in another bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar. (ensure that this is done gradually.)
  5. Whisk the egg mixture to the beetroot mixture (gradually). Then fold in the flour mix to this.
  6. Stir in the white chocolate chunks.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes (this can be dependent on the runniness of the batter. The cake should be springing back to touch, and a skewer should come out clean.
  8. Once baked, cool on a wire rack. When cold cover the top with the selected topping and dust with cocoa powder.

Thanks for reading!


10 thoughts on “Beetroot and White Chocolate Cake

    1. I love doing a bit of baking and finding new and unique recipes, but deffo have to be in the mood for it. Also, have to find someone else to eat the baked goodies too, there’s only s much cake I can eat! haha!
      Ooo lemon cake is always delicious and perfect for this time of year. I may have to make that my next inspiration for baking

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  1. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about this at first when I saw the title buuuut it actually looks amazing! You’ve made me hungry now haha!! I’ve never actually tried beetroot, but I absolutely LOVE white chocolate and of course cake, so having beetroot in a cake might be the perfect time to try it, haha! I do love trying new foods so I might have to give this recipe a go when I get some free time over Easter

    Vicky x

    1. I know I thought it was a bit weird when I first tried it in the tearoom but was pleasantly surprised.
      I like beetroot though, but did worry that it would taste weird, luckily the chocolate is what you taste the most. I also thought this recipe might have been gluten-free or vegan as I thought the beetroot was replacing something, but it doesn’t, as you still use eggs and flour. I guess there would be a different version of it though if you search google enough.
      I think pistachio cake is on my list of next things to bake

      Thanks for commenting!
      Aimsy xoxo

  2. I am always a bit sceptical when people add ‘odd’ ingredients to cakes but this year I have been trying more things that I don’t normally like and I’ve found my taste for them has changed and there are now more things that I like so now I would be more tempted to try this – plus my mum loves beetroot so I might make this for her!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    1. Thanks for commenting. When I tried it in the cafe I must admit I was a bit dubious that the cake would be nice, but I was pleasantly surprised.
      It does taste more of the chocolate with a slight hint, but if your mum loves beetroot, this would be the cake for her!
      Have fun making it!

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. Wow I have never heard of a beetroot cake previously but this looks so so yummy! Great recipe! xx

    1. It is a bit of an unusual one, and not something you would think of adding to a cake. It definitely was yummy!
      Thanks for your comment.

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, it is a lovely cake and certainly went down well. Let me know what you think if you do give it a try!

      Aimsy xoxo

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