December 19, 2012

Chocolate cake with walnuts and beetroot

When a dear friend from Norway visited earlier this year, I asked him to bring a couple of Norwegian weekly magazines. Not that I am a very big fan of those magazines, but I must confess I do love to read new recipes! :)
Attached to one of the magazines was a new one I had never seen before. It is called 'SMAK' (means TASTE) - a magazine for you who loves to make food. The issue I got features some delicious recipes using fruit and vegetables, be it bread, cakes, fresh green salads, vegetable pastes, main dishes etc.
Since I have a sweet tooth, what other dishes than cakes caught my eyes?! LOL
What caught my eyes even more is the beetroots! This cake has a scrumptious combination of chocolate, walnuts and beetroots, which makes it so juicy and delicious!
- 200 grams butter (unsalted)
- 200 grams dark chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 4 deciliters sugar
- 3-4 deciliters grated, fresh beetroot
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 100-150 grams chopped walnuts
- 2 deciliter white flour
Chocolate / cheese cream:
- 75 grams roughly chopped dark chocolate
- 3 tablespoons strong coffee
- 50 grams butter (room temperated, unsalted)
- 100 grams natural cream cheese (I used Philadelphia light - room temperated)
- 1 deciliter icing sugar
- zest of half an orange
- melt the butter, add the chocolate and mix until the chocolate has melted.
- beat eggs and sugar well, add the chocolate- and butter mix.
- add finely grated beetroot, orange juice and walnuts.
- carefully add sifted flour
- pour the mixture into a 20 x 30 cm cake mould (cover the mould with baking paper before adding the mixture)
- bake at middle shelf for about 35 minutes at 200C (390F) or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
- let the cake cool completely
- melt the chocolate (I prefer using the microwave)
- add coffee, butter, icing sugar and orange zest - beat well until smooth (I prefer using an electric hand mixer)
- add room temperated cheese - beat well until smooth
- spread the chocolate /  cheese cream over the top of the cake, decorate with walnuts and slice into squares. You can also decorate with orange zest together with the walnuts.
Recipe from 'SMAK' - #6-2012 
This was the first time ever I have made a cake where one of the ingredients is beetroot.
The beetroot makes the cake very juice and delicious.
This is a cake I highly recommend - it is just too delicious!
Warning: you won't be able to eat one slice only..... :))

1 comment:

menopausal mama said...

This does song very delicious--but I have to ask--what is beetroot? Does it come from a red beet??? Very curious about this, and thanks for sharing the recipe!