Chocolate and beetroot cake

The Chocolate and beetroot cake is a traditional delicacy with an unusual recipe. Beetroots for dessert? This cake is wonderful and healthy. Seeing is believing.

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An unexpected chocolate cake with ancient flavor just like our ancestors cooked hundreds of years ago. A rediscovered recipe I want to offer you, to brighten the day and make it shine with joy and goodness.

Vintage Chocolate Cake

A perfect “Vintage Chocolate Cake” based on one of the most famous ingredients in the world (99% humans like chocolate), adding “vintage” ingredients, like: beetroots, almond flour, brown sugar.

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A healthy cake, because it has healthy ingredients and because beetroots have beneficial properties: antioxidants, vitamins, cancer prevention (in particular for colon cancer).

Ingredients for 6 persons

  • 250 grams of cooked beetroots
  • 400 grams of dark chocolate
  • 2 fresh eggs
  • 100 grams Brown sugar
  • 30 ml Extravergine Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 40 grams of flour, type 0
  • 50 grams of almond flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda tea
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Baking powder Tea
  • 100 grams of powdered sugar
  • 100 grams of fresh cream

How to prepare the Beetroot and chocolate cake

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Take a pan and cover it with baking paper or grease it with olive oil.

2. Melt the dark chocolate (250 g) in a bowl (a bain marie), then let it cool.

3. Get a bowl and add eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and olive oil. Mix well for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

4. Take another bowl where you put flour, baking powder, baking soda and almond flour. Mix well. Add the creamy mixture slowly, to obtain a homogeneous mixture.

5. Chop or blend beetroots (ok in the mixer). Once pureed, remove the excess liquid. At this point add the beetroots to chocolate, when well mixed you can add all to the creamy mixture previously worked (point 4).

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6. Pour the mixture into the mold/cake pan and bake it in oven for 40-50 minutes. If you want to be sure cake is ready, at the end you can insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean it means cake is well baked.

7. Let the cake cool in the mold for 30 minutes, then remove it from the mold and let it cool completely.

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8. Chocolate cream: melt 150 grams of chocolate a bain marie and make it cool. Get a bowl and work the cream with powdered sugar, adding the chocolate slowly. You must obtain a creamy mixture (some people prefer to make a super tasty chocolate mixing the 150 grams of chocolate with Nutella, without using cream or powdered sugar).

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9. Spread the chocolate cream on the cake and serve it (if you prefer, you can cut the cake and put the chocolate also at the center, so you will have a double chocolate layer).

10. Garnish your cake with the dark chocolate shavings, to decorate your masterpiece and make it even more attractive.

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Beneficial properties of Beetroot

The red beetroot is rich of minerals and vitamins. Its composition is mainly composed of water, but contains mineral salts such as sodium, calcium, potassium, iron and phosphorus. With regard to the vitamins, it is highlighted the presence of A vitamin, C vitamin and vitamins of group B. Tuber and leaves are both rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, useful to protect the body against free radicals. The content of A vitamin, essential for the protection of eyesight, is higher in the leaves than the tubers.

Among the B vitamins stands folic acid, also known as B9 vitamin, considered particularly useful for the intake during pregnancy, in order to avoid defects in the unborn child development. If eaten raw, the content of B9 vitamin is very high, while decreases with cooking.

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Fights cancer: medical studies recognize beneficial effects of beetroot for fighting tumors, with particular reference to colon cancer. Not only that, recent studies have focused on the juice extracted from beet red as useful food for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disorders. Due to its vitamin content, the red beet strengthens capillaries and helps improve blood circulation.

Contraindicated for people who suffer from kidney stones, gastritis and diabetes: excessive consumption of beetroots could be contraindicated for who is suffering from kidney stones (due to its oxalate). But also for who is suffering from gastritis, and diabetes (because of the sugars in the cooked tuber).

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