While Steph has already posted the first round-up for 'that recipe seems very familiar...", there's a bonus post-picnic round to come! And we're cramming in a few more blog tributes. This chocolate beetroot cake appeared about a year ago on The Fat-Fueled Vegan, and originates from The Fairest Feed. The Fairest Feed is no longer updated but I'd highly recommend a browse through its archives. Pip has published some beautiful vegan recipes there, with homegrown whole ingredients aplenty.
With plans to share it around at work, I multiplied the original recipe by 1.5 and still it all disappeared rather rapidly! Dark and moist, it's almost like a cakey brownie with very subtle earthy undertones. The icing is tinted pink with beetroot juice but just tastes of sugar - I'd be inclined to flavour it with a bit of pomegranate molasses in future, as I've tried previously. I bet rosewater would be lovely too. (I'm getting a bit predictable in my chocolate pairings, aren't I?)
Regardless, this is a wonderful recipe straight up and very easy to put together once the beetroot's grated.
Un-beet-able chocolate cake
(adapted slightly from a recipe on The Fairest Feed,
renamed by The Fat-Fueled Vegan)
1 generous cup grated beetroot
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 generous cup cocoa
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sunflower oil
1 1/2 cups soy milk
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons beetroot juice
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
~2 teaspoons soy milk, as needed
Preheat an oven to 180°C. Line a large baking dish with paper.
Start by grating the beetroot into a bowl, doing your best not to stain anything precious with the juice. Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add the oil, milk and vanilla, stirring until just combined. Transfer the beetroot into the batter, giving it a squeeze over its holding bowl to reserve some beetroot juice for the icing. Fold the beetroot into the cake batter, then pour it all into the baking dish. Bake the cake until it passes a skewer test, about 50 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely before icing it.
To make the icing, beat together the margarine, vanilla and beetroot juice. Gradually beat in the icing sugar. You may like to additionally beat in a little milk to loosen up the icing and make it more spreadable. Spread the icing in a thin smooth layer over the cake, or slice the cake through the middle and spread the icing there.