Chocolate Beetroot Cake

There is no chocolate cake better than my mothers! I would love to share that recipe with you but after having watched her make it countless times, I conclude that she has no recipe, she follows no science and that cake cannot be repeated by any other human hands!!

So moving on……. I’m sharing with you a chocolate cake that is a close second to hers. This one luckily has a recipe and has an unlikely ingredient in it. Adding Beetroot to the cake makes it really  moist and healthy too.


Serves 8-10


2 cups fresh cooked beetroot mashed

2 ½ cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

½ cup cocoa

2 cups white sugar

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla essence


  • Cover beetroots in water and boil till very soft.
  • Peel skin and puree till smoothe. You should have 2 cups.

  • Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence to the beetroot puree and mix very well.
  • Set aside in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
  • Set aside.
  • In another bowl beat together thoroughly the oil and sugar.
  • Add in the eggs one by one and keep mixing well.
  • Then incorporate the beetroot mixture and the flour mixture alternatively into the egg mixture as you keep beating it.
  • Stir it well until they are all well combined.
  • Grease and flour two round cake pans or a bundt cake pan and pour the above mixture in.

  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350’F or 180’C for about 35 – 40 minutes.
  • If a wooden toothpick comes out clean, then the cake is done.

  • When the cake is cooled, sprinkle some confectioners sugar on top and serve.

9 thoughts on “Chocolate Beetroot Cake

  1. I am one of the fortunate people to have actually tasted this cake. My son enjoyed every bit of it and was clueless about the beet.Thanks Malini-this recipe is great -the cake is awesome.

  2. This is my new favorite cake to take to a party – with a surprise ingredient that no one can guess. I usually do it as a sheet cake but the burnt pan is a good idea for a more formal presentation. It is a wonderful cake!

  3. Thank u for the recipe!! I love this cake and was soo surprised when you told me the main ingredient-the perfect texture and just chocolately enough without being too rich~ Can’t wait to make it 🙂

  4. Hey Malini,
    This summer I found a very similar recipe at the farmer’s market, together with beautiful looking fresh beets, so I decided to try it. Mine adds 1/2 cup apple sauce mixed in with the beets. It’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had (and I’m a chocoholic!!!). My kids love it, can’t get enough. In fact, I just made it again last week and have one half frozen to enjoy in a few weeks 🙂
    Cheers to chocolate and beet cake!

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  6. Bundt cakes are so nice to serve at a party because they are easy to slice. This will be a fun one to serve and see if guests can guess the secret ingredient. It is a get way to sneak vegetables into the diet. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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