Fair Trade Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Recipe

If you’re after a moist and delicious sweet treat, our fair trade chocolate and beetroot cake comes highly recommended. The sweet taste of beetroot works perfectly in cakes, but the great thing about this flexible recipe is that the beetroot can be switched for stem ginger from a jar if you prefer.

Quick and easy to make, whether you’re baking for a Traidcraft Big Brew event or simply fancy a slice of the good stuff to accompany your afternoon cuppa, we promise that knowing your cake is fair trade will make it taste even sweeter!

So, let's get started.

Raw beetroot with an accompanying beetroot-related fact

Ingredients (makes 12 slices)

150g dark chocolate, chopped
150g butter
150g golden caster sugar
3 eggs, separated
50g ground almonds
120g self-raising flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder
250g cooked beetroot


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
  2. Grease and line a large loaf tin.
  3. Melt the chocolate gently over a pan of simmering water, then remove from the heat and cool.
  4. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the egg yolks one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition.
  5. Beat in the cooled chocolate.
  6. Sift in ground almonds, flour and cocoa and fold in.
  7. Puree or mash beetroot and fold in gently using a large metal spoon.
  8. In a clean bowl with clean beaters, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold in the chocolate and beetroot mixture. 
  9. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes until skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer carefully to a cooling rack.

If you love the sound of this recipe and are interested in more fair trade baking inspiration, why not take a look at the Fairtrade Foundation’s much coveted Bake a Difference Recipe Book, available to download from their website? Jam-packed full of mouth-watering cakes, bakes and savoury recipes made with fair trade ingredients from around the world, it’s a great excuse to get your aprons on and rustle up some treats! On your marks, set, bake.

Bake a Difference with Fairtrade Cookbook

Published at: 06-02-2019
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