This notable double chocolate beetroot cake is beyond good and sure to surprise your palate. Beets are naturally sweet, and despite their distinctive flavour, they pair so well with chocolate…so well that they’re practically undetectable. This cake is decadent, fudgey, and full of good for your ingredients! Beetroot puree can be made in advance to save time.
Peel and quarter 3-4 medium sized beets (approx. 1 pound of beets). Steam the beets for 15 minutes or until a knife easily pierces them. Add the cooked beets to a food processor or Vitamix and blend until smooth. Measure out 1 cup for use and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350'F. Line an 8" round cake pan with parchment paper and grease around the side.
In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and water and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Meanwhile in a large bowl, sift together the spelt flour, cane sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre and set aside.
Remove the cake from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the cake form the pan, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely on a wire rack. While the cake is cooling, prepare the ganache.
Add the chocolate pieces to a medium sized heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, gently heat the coconut milk until steaming, but not bubbling. Carefully pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Allow the ganache to thicken at room temperature for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Note that the ganache may seem runny at first, but it will thicken to a spreadable texture after the elapsed time.
Using an offset spatula, frost the cooled cake and serve.
Beetroot puree can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until ready to use. It's also not necessary to let the puree cool before adding it to the cake batter. If your coconut milk has separated during storage (it has a thick layer of fat and a watery layer), it's imperative that you mix it back together before measuring; a blender or food processor can assist with this if need be.
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