Chocolate birthday cake

chocolate birthday cake

This is the first time I have baked a birthday cake. Watched TV cooking program on making chocolate cake with oil. I have never tried baking cake with oil. It’s something new: method. I had beetroot at my friend place, that too my first time eating beetroot. She told me she uses canned beetroot easy no mess handling: hands and chopping board will be clean.

She gave me a canned to try. I browse Google for beetroot recipes. Thought why not combined beetroot with chocolate to make a birthday cake for my nephew. As you know many children don’t like eating vegetables, this is the best way to add or sneak vegetables in.

The cake looks moist, soft, delicious, and creative as my nephew loves Thomas the tank engine and friends. I use tube icing as decorations. Everyone enjoy it without realising that there is beetroot in it. Let’s bake a birthday cake!!!!


100g dark cooking chocolate, melted
425 g beetroot
2/3 c vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tsp vanilla essence
1 3/4 c plain flour
2 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/3 c cocoa powder
1 c caster sugar


Preheat oven 170°degrees C. Melt chocolate in a large glass bowl in a microwave oven for 1 minute; stop stir in between the 1 minute. (You might want to start at 30 seconds). Stir until smooth. In a large bowl combine oil, eggs, and vanilla essence. Puree beetroot until smooth. Add to the oil mixture and stir well.

Sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda and cocoa powder, add to bowl together with the sugar. Gently stir to combine. Pour mixture into a greased and base lined 24cm spring form pan. Bake in for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is firm to touch and skewer inserted in cake comes out cleanly.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

Note: With the added beetroot, this cake will stay nice and moist so no need to freeze! You can decorate anything on your cake. I prefer simple design using tube icing decorations (bought) and the candles.