An extremely moist chocolate beetroot cake with crème fraîche and poppy seeds from Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch (page 78) by Nigel Slater

  • cocoa powder
  • crème fraîche
  • poppyseeds
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • butter
  • beetroots
  • golden caster sugar
  • espresso
  • 70% dark chocolate

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  • Williamssj7 on August 28, 2019

    One of my all time favorite chocolate cakes! It’s a lot of steps, read carefully and be organized.

  • lilham on January 19, 2019

    This is, like Nigel Slater said, an extremely moist chocolate cake. Very delicious too. I cooked the beetroot in a slow cooker (wrapped in foil and cooked on high for a few hours). Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. The recipe said it makes enough for 8 as a dessert. The author must have a big appetite. For me, it’s enough to serve 12.

  • JoBills on August 22, 2015

    I followed the recipe exactly but the cake failed. I think that's a first for a Slater recipe. Completely disintegrated in on itself coming out of the tin. I think it could be that the beetroot had too much liquid. Either way, it feels a bit too liable to fail again to risk making it again with expensive ingredients. If I did, I'd definitely use a springform or cook the mix in smaller tins to make sure it's cooked though. Unfortunately the usual warning signs of being undercooked (slump in the middle, tester coming out moist) are actually what he notes you should expect in the recipe. Even so, the bits that did cook properly around the side tastes amazing; but next time I need a chocolate cake fix I'll stick with his ever reliable brownie recipe which I've been baking for years.

  • mziech on November 11, 2011

    I'm a big fan of Nigels Slater. This recipe is really delicious, indeed very moist and the cake is very light (which I didn't expect)

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