Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 medium beetroot (approx. 300g)

  2. 300g caster sugar

  3. 3 large eggs

  4. 250ml vegetable oil

  5. 75g cocoa powder

  6. 250g self-raising flour

  7. 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  8. 100g unsalted butter, softened

  9. 200g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting

  10. 1tbsp cocoa powder, sifted with

  11. 2 tbsp icing sugar

  12. 2tbsp cold milk

  13. 2 generous tbsp cherry jam

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Boil the beetroot in water until its tender to the point of a knife, probably about 30 minutes. Drain and allow it to cool for 30 minutes or so, then remove the skin and coarsely grate the beetroot.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4, and prepare two cake tins (20cm in diameter) by lightly buttering them and lining with baking parchment.

  3. Beat the sugar, eggs and oil together, either by hand or in a food processor. Add the grated beetroot and cocoa and blend well. Finally, sift in the flour and bicarbonate of soda and mix again. Divide the mixture between the cake tins, smoothing down flat.

  4. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the cakes feel springy to the touch. Remove from the oven, let them stand for 15 minutes and then gently turn out on to a wire rack.

  5. While the cakes cool, make the butter-cream filling. Beat the butter, sugar and cocoa together, then drizzle in the milk and beat some more. Add a little more milk if you think its needed: you want the filling to be very smooth and to hold its shape.

  6. When the cakes are completely cold, lay each one flat side up. Spread one with the butter cream and the other with cherry jam, then sandwich the two together. Its always a bonus when the cream and jam ooze out of the sides a little. Finally, generously dust the top with icing sugar.


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