recipes : Dark and Delicious Chocolate Velvet Cake

This one is super-tasty and moist and sure to become a favourite with the whole family.


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch (20 cm) square metal cake pan with parchment paper or foil; butter foil (if using).

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a blender or food processor, combine beets, sugar, cocoa powder and milk; purée until fairly smooth. Add eggs, butter, yogurt and vanilla and purée until incorporated. Pour over dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon just until moistened.

Spread into prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake for about 50 min or until a tester inserted in centre comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 min. Using paper to lift cake, remove from pan and place on rack to cool completely. Serve dusted with icing sugar.

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