Big Cakes: Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

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Bake and Decorate

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

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Beetroot is a natural dye that gives an amazing pink, and we use it a lot in the bakery. Here it stains the icing instead of the usual synthetic food colour. But, if you want an even brighter pink, cheat and add a little food colour, too. And please, whatever you do, don’t use beetroot in vinegar!


For the Cake

  • 180 ml sunflower oil, plus more for the tin
  • 190 g self-raising flour
  • 60


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 170°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Lightly oil a 23cm diameter, 7.5cm deep, round tin, using a piece of kitchen towel, then line the base with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda, then stir