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Serves: 8

350g self raising flour

75g cocoa powder

1tsp baking powder

250g softened butter

275g sugar

4 eggs

125g finely grated, cooked beetroot

2tbsp orange juice

Red food colouring (optional)

For the cream cheese frosting:

300g cream cheese

75g softened butter

200g icing sugar

1tsp vanilla essence

For decoration:

Chocolate curls/hearts

Beetroot has an earthy sweetness, but paired with chocolate and cream cheese it brings depth and a perfect velvet texture to this cake. This is a comfort cake with the added satisfaction of a healthy vegetable thrown in – and no real need for red food colouring.

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