Gluten Free Chocolate and Beetroot Cake


One of the things I hate about most gluten-free baking is that everything feels like eating chalk because it’s so dry and not all that nice. This cake is awesome, even Daz likes it and he normally hates all gluten-free stuff. The beetroot might sound like an odd thing to put in a cake but it’s amazing and does something magical to create a lovely moist cake.

75g Cocoa powder
180g Plain flour (I use Doves Organic GF Flour)
250g caster sugar
250g cooked beetroot
3 large free range eggs
200ml vegetable oil of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
(Jam, optional)

  • Preheat oven to 180c and lightly butter a 20cm round cake tin (or two if you want to make a sandwich cake).
  • Sift the cocoa, flour in a bowl. Mix in the sugar.
  • Blend the beetroot in a food processor. Add the eggs, one at a time, oil and vanilla. Process until smooth.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the wet mixture and lightly mix.
  • Pour into cake tin and bake for 50-60mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Cover loosely with foil if the cake starts to brown at 30minutes. (expect the top to crack!)

I used two tins so I could put a layer of jam in between two layers of cake. Yum!

update 2011/10/22
I made cupcakes using the same recipe and then vanilla and beetroot icing. You only need a tiny bit of blended beetroot to make the icing bright pink. They’re yummy too.

15 Responses to “Gluten Free Chocolate and Beetroot Cake”

  1. Bethwyn says:

    Ohhh this looks really lovely~~ I adore beetroot, and I love chocolate cake – so yay! I will have to try this out! <3

  2. The Ponycats says:

    Hi Beth!

    That cake looks delicious! I really want to try this recipie(:
    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a lovely day!

    Carmila Ponycat

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  4. JLavelle says:


    how much baking powder do you use? Really wanting to try this recipie out, looks great.



  5. Emma says:

    It’s in the oven, fingers crossed :-)

  6. Amber Wykes says:

    This really works! A lovely moist cake. Thanks fo helping me with my beet root glut!


  7. Maria says:

    Hello, how long do you cook it for when using the two sandwich tins not the one large one? thank you

  8. Linzy Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing a gluten free cake that actually tastes like a cake. Something I’ve been looking ages for!

  9. Pied piper says:

    Hi Beth thanks for this fab recipe! I was wondering whether it could be made with some avocado as well to replace some of the beetroot and oil. Any thoughts on this.

  10. Jo says:

    Can I substitute the flour with rice flour

  11. Kate says:

    Very yummy. i use rice bran oil which is really good for you no cholesterol and full of vitamin E so its a very healthy cake. have a glut of beetroot. can I freeze yet he cake.

  12. Kate says:

    Already made this cake it’s fab. Have put lots of beetroot to grow this year just to make the cake. I’m going to freeze the beetroot so I can have it all year round.

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