Beetroot and chocolate birthday cake

Beetroot and chocolate birthday cake.

You will need:

1 large cooked beetroot , about 175g in weight, roughly chopped
200g plain flour
100g cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
250g golden caster sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml sunflower oil
100g dark chocolate , (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
crème fraîche or clotted cream, to serve

Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Tip the beetroot into a food processor and blitz until chopped. Add a pinch of salt and the rest of the ingredients, except the oil and chocolate. When completely mixed (you may need to scrape the sides down once or twice), add the oil in a steady stream, as if you were making mayonnaise.

When all the oil has been added, stir in the chocolate, then tip the mix into a lined 20cm cake tin. Cook for 1 hr until an inserted skewer comes out practically clean. leave the cake to cool on a rack.

Serve in slices with the crème fraîche or clotted cream.

For something a little different add cardamom frosting:
150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
Pinch of ground cardamom
4 1/2 tsp reduced-fat milk

Using a wooden spoon to mix icing sugar, cardamom and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Spread over top of cooled cake and set aside for 15 minutes to set.