A Sweet Treat - The Directory Group

A sweet treat

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

A moist chocolate cake with a difference, this delicious recipe from the National Trust’s Hinton Ampner kitchen takes a fresh approach to a sweet treat…

Serves 12


- 170g self-raising flour

- 100g wholemeal flour

- 1 ½ teaspoons cocoa powder

- 2 teaspoons baking powder

- 160g caster sugar

- 120g dark chocolate, melted

- 120g unsalted butter, melted

- 160g raw beetroot, grated

- 3 eggs, beaten

- Pinch of salt

- 50g white chocolate to drizzle over the top once cooked


1) Heat oven to 150°C.

2) Line a two-pound loaf tin with baking paper.

3) Sieve the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

4) Mix in the sugar, beetroot, melted chocolate and melted butter.

5) Mix in the eggs and mix well.

6) Pour mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 50-60 minutes.

7) When cake is cool melt white chocolate and drizzle over for decoration.

Recipe and image courtesy of Hinton Ampner House & Garden, 01962 771305, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner

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