Monday, September 24, 2012

Beetroot cake

I had this one odd beetroot lying around in my vegetable basket and I really did not know how to use it up. I usually make a beetroot paratha which hubby hates - I've not figured that out till date.
I browsed around a bit as I did remember seeing quite a few beetroot cake recipes when I made the eggless beetroot chocolate cake sometime back. Here is Nigel Slater's version of the beetroot cake.
Fortunately, this cake was ready just in time for guests. They loved it.


Ingredients : 

  1. 1 cup whole wheat atta + enough for dusting
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 180ml oil + 1tsp for preparing the cake tin.
  4. 1/3 cup raisins
  5. 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  6. 2/3 cup grated raw beetroot
  7. 3 eggs separated
  8. 1tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp ground cinnamon powder - I usually grate a stick then and there as needed
Other equipment required :
  1. Grater
  2. Mixer
  3. Hand blender or egg beater
  4. OTG or Microwave with Convection option
How I made it :
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degree C.
  2. Prepare the cake tin by first rubbing a layer of oil followed by a dusting of flour. I used a square 20 cm tin. The original recipe called for the use of a rectangular loaf tin. However, there as no difference in cooking time.
  3. Sift the flour with baking powder and soda. This is to incorporate air into the flour.
  4. In a mixie jar, beat the oil and sugar together.
  5. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well in between additions.
  6. Mix in the beetroot, walnuts and raisins.
  7. Fold in the sifted flour mixture along with the cinnamon powder.
  8. In a separate bowl, with a hand mixer beat the egg whites till soft peaks form.
  9. Gently fold until well combined into the mixture at 7. Please ensure that it is well combined. 
  10. Pour into cake tin.
  11. Bake at 180 degree C for 55 minutes. Cover with aluminium foil after 30 minutes. 
It was truly delicious - moist and hearty. Healthy too.