A sweet way with veggies - recipes

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Copy of ss beetroot and chocoalte cakenu INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS BEETROOT AND CHOCOLATE CAKE

BEETROOT AND CHOCOLATE CAKE

300ml flour

10ml baking powder

125ml good quality cocoa powder

300ml castor sugar

3 medium beetroots, cooked until soft

3 eggs

200ml oil

Ganache:

200g dark chocolate

150ml cream

Sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa and sugar into a bowl. Peel and chop the beetroot and place in a food processor with the eggs and oil. Blend until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended.

Pour the mixture into a greased and base-lined 20cm cake pan and bake at 180°C for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove and cool for 10 minutes before turning out on to a rack. When cold, ice with chocolate ganache.

Ganache: Combine chocolate and cream in a bowl and microwave on medium for 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool until thick enough to spread on to cake.

Use a dark, good-quality cocoa powder and your cake will have a rich, dark velvety colour similar to that of a red velvet cake.

PARSNIP AND HONEY CAKE

180g butter

310ml light brown sugar

100ml honey

500ml flour

10ml baking powder

10ml mixed spice

5ml salt

500ml grated parsnips

1 green apple, peeled and grated

125ml chopped pecan nuts

10ml grated lemon rind

Cream cheese icing:

100g butter

125g thick cream cheese

500ml sifted icing sugar

5ml vanilla extract

Grease and base line 2 x 20cm cake pans. Place the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan and melt over a gentle heat. Pour into a bowl. Sift the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture with the parsnips, apples, nuts and rind.

Mix with a wooden spoon until well blended. Divide the mixture between the two pans and bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes until cooked. Cool for 5 minutes before turning out on to a rack. When cool, sandwich together with half the icing and spread the remainder on top.

Sprinkle with pecan nuts if desired.

Icing: Cream together the butter and cream cheese, add icing sugar and vanilla and mix to form a stiff icing.

COURGETTE AND PISTACHIO CAKE

3 eggs

250ml castor sugar

180ml oil

5ml vanilla essence

500ml grated courgettes

125ml chopped pistachio nuts

125ml ground almonds

5ml ground cardamom

5ml mixed spice

500ml flour

5ml baking powder

5ml bicarbonate soda

5ml salt

Icing:

750ml sifted icing sugar

juice and rind of 1 lime

water to mix

chopped pistachio nuts for decorating

Beat the eggs and sugar until thick. Beat in the oil and vanilla essence. Stir in the courgettes and nuts. Sift the dry ingredients and add to the egg mixture. Spoon the mixture into a deep greased and base-lined 20cm cake pan. Bake at 170°C for 50-60 minutes until a skewer, when inserted, comes out clean.

Remove and cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning out on to a rack. When cool, ice and sprinkle with nuts.

Icing: Place icing sugar in a bowl. Add lime rind and juice and enough water to make a thick, spreadable icing.

SWEET POTATO CAKE WITH CARAMEL GLAZE

625ml flour

15ml baking powder

5ml ground cinnamon

5ml salt

3 eggs

375ml mashed sweet potato

180ml warm water

375ml castor sugar

5ml vanilla essence

250ml dried cranberries

100g pecan nuts, lightly toasted and chopped

Glaze:

125ml caramelised condensed milk

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Combine the eggs with the sweet potato and, using a wooden spoon, mix until blended. Add the water, sugar and vanilla and mix well.

Add sifted dry ingredients then the cranberries and nuts. Spoon the batter into a greased 23cm ring pan. Bake at 170°C for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out. When cool, drizzle with glaze.

Glaze: Place the caramel in a bowl, warm slightly in the microwave then drizzle over the cake. Decorate with extra cranberries. - Saturday Star

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