Low Cal Cake| Chocolate & Beetroot Cake Recipe

Living a healthy lifestyle means everything in moderation and not depriving yourself of anything! If you want a cake, eat a cake, just don’t them all! I am a massive cake fiend! I love baking them, I love decorating them and I obviously love eating them! So as I would quite happily eat cake most days I thought why not try and make my cake recipes a bit healthier, so if I do indulge I’m not going completely overboard. So I was over the moon when this month Women’s Health magazine featured 5 wonderful health boosting, low cal, cake recipes. I decided that as it was my trainer’s birthday yesterday, I would bake him some healthy Birthday Cake, so everyone at my Kendal Bootcamp Class could try some and be my little guinea pigs!

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I made two batches as it was my first attempt at a “healthy cake”, the first batch wasn’t so great. I don’t think I used enough chocolate and didn’t bake it for long enough as it was a little too moist, a little bitter and tasted a lot like beetroot. The second batch was much more successful, it was baked for a few minutes longer so the consistency was cake like but still moist, and there was a little more chocolate in this one, so it tasted like a chocolate cake! The pictures are of the first cake which I dusted with icing sugar, the second cake I topped with a thin layer of buttercream icing… a little bit naughty I know, but it was a Birthday cake! The cake went down very well with everyone at Bootcamp and was a great treat for our hard work. So as it was a success I thought I would share the recipe with you!
You will need;
300g cooked, unseasoned beetroot, peeled and purred, 4 large eggs, 4 tbsp honey, 1tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, 125g ground almonds, 135g good quality dark chocolate (It HAS to be good quality!), 8 tbsp olive oil.
 
Start by pureeing your beetroot in a food processor. Once smooth tip into a bowl and mix in the eggs, honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Next gently fold in the ground almonds.
Now melt your good quality dark chocolate. Once melted, pour in the olive oil and mix thoroughly; you should be left with a liquid that isn’t separated and is smooth and shiny. Now gently pour the chocolate mixture into the rest of your cake mixture in the bowl and fold gently.
Once everything is combined, pour the cake mixture into a greased cake tin, and bake in your preheated oven at 180c for 35-40 minutes. Try the trusty skewer test to ensure your cake is cooked through!
Finish by either dusting with icing sugar or cocoa powder, or if you are feeling naughty give it a thin layer of buttercream icing! Cut into 8 pieces and at only 260 calories per slice you can really enjoy it!
Have you ever tried chocolate and beetroot cake? Do you have any other favourite healthy cake recipes that I should try next? Do you think you will give this one a go?
 
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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank looks incredible!!!! Ill be definitely trying it out this weekend! thank you for the recipe:DRoisin xhttp://thefashionistaobserver.blogspot.ie

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  2. Lea Dee says:

    Mmm this looks so good! I've also seen brownie recipes using black beans that I'm really curious about too!

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  3. Limes Smiles says:

    Yum I will definitely try this one out myself 🙂 Love it!!IxxLimes&Smiles

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  4. Natsie_x says:

    I'm trying really hard recently to get into healthy eating and fitness and things so this is perfect! Really want to try this out! eyelashwishes-x.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Laura Hyatt says:

    Beetroot? Oooh I would have never have thought of that. Might have to give it ago! Thanksxxhttp://heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Looks delish! I'll definitely give this a try :)If you're in the mood for cookies, these are healthy! And a great base for trying your hand at substitutions. http://geekchicfoodie.blogspot.com/2013/04/chewy-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies.htmlxxAlex

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  7. This looks and sounds surprisingly delish! Xjustrach.com xo

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  8. Heidi-likes says:

    I'm a coeliac so can't eat wheat/gluten so finding tasty treats can sometimes be a bit of a mission! But this cake looks gluten free so I'm definitely tempted to give it a go, it looks delicious 🙂 x

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  9. You're welcome hun, it is super tasty xx

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  10. I've seen them too, will have to give them a try xx

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  11. Let me know how it goes and if you enjoy it 😀

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  12. Oh then hopefully my blog will help you! 😀 xx

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  13. Haha I know right! Very weird but it works 😀

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  14. Will have to give those a try, thanks for the recipe xx

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  15. I thik this cake is gluten free, so you're in for a treat 😀 xx

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