Chocolate Beetroot Fudge Cake

This soft & fudgy chocolate cake will win over the heart of your Valentine………

  • For the cake:
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 125g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 250g plain flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100g plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 200g cooked beetroot (not pickled)
  • 150mls boiling water
For the ganache:
  • 200mls fresh double cream
  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Follow these steps

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Oil two 20cm sandwich tins and line with baking paper. Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water and gently melt together.
  • In a large bowl, sieve together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt then set to one side.
  • Place the yogurt, egg and beetroot into a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth. Add this to the dry mix along with the melted butter & chocolate. Add 150mls of freshly boiled water and mix well to combine
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the two prepared tins then bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes in the tins for 10 minutes before gently turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the ganache, place the chopped chocolate into a mixing bowl then heat the cream in a saucepan until it starts to simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and leave to melt for 5 minutes before whisking to form a smooth ganache. Place in the fridge to cool for 10 minutes until thickened and spreadable.
  • Place one of the cooled cakes upside down on a cake plate or stand, then spread over half the ganache. Place the second cake on top and spread with the remaining ganache, creating swirls with the back of a spoon to finish.
  • Cuts into 12 slices.

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