Very Chocolate Cake

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes
You will need: one 8-inch round spring form pan lined with baking paper


  • 1 ½ cups self rising flour
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 7 oz.  Of peeled and grated beetroot
  • 4 oz.  Low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp strong black coffee
  • 3 medium eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • For the icing:
    • ½ cup dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
    • ¾ oz light cream or half and half
    • 2 Tbsp strong black coffee
    • 2 Tbsp clover honey
  • For the top (optional)
    • A handful of dark red (beetroot coloured) roses (with at leaf with stem), planted into the top of the cake


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Brush a little oil on the base and sides of the tin and line the base with baking paper.
  3. Measure out the flour, cocoa powder, ground almonds, salt and baking soda onto a plate and set aside until needed.
  4. Grate the beetroot onto another plate.
  5. Measure the buttermilk.
  6. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl for 4 full minutes until pale and fluffy. Beat in the beetroot, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk and coffee before beating again one last time, to make sure that all the ingredients are well introduced.
  7. Pour into the tin before placing into the middle of a hot oven for 30 minutes. Secure a sheet of foil over the cake for the last 15 minutes if you think that it is over baking
  8. Once cooked, unmold onto a cooling rack and peel off the baking paper. Cool on a wire rack until cold.
  9. To make the icing, melt all the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once there are no lumps of chocolate left, stir to combine. Stirring will thicken the mixture, so a couple of turns around the bowl should thicken it to exactly the correct consistency for icing the cool cake.
  10. With the cake still on the wire rack, pour the icing liberally over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides. Transfer onto a plate or cake stand for serving and plant your flowers into the top for decoration.
  11. Eddie- can you check if planting flowers into cake has any adverse health implications? I do it all the time at home but it may be that my constitution is able to take it, but it might not be advisable… I hope that we can go with it as it’s the best fat free way to decorate a cake
  12. I would like to use edible flowers ??? They are redilby available