Healthy Steamed White Chocolate Beetroot Cake

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Delicious steamed white chocolate beetroot cake

Delicious steamed white chocolate beetroot cake

One of the two root vegetables that always attracts me is the beet root. The other one is the carrots. This is because of their bright colours. Both of them are extremely good for health. My family drinks freshly made carrot-apple juice for breakfast on most mornings, occasionally with beetroot added. That’s because I’m not a very big fan of beetroot in my juice. My eldest daughter actually likes it very much.

Healthy beetroots

Healthy beetroots

Beetroot is known to be a very powerful blood cleanser and also a blood tonic. If you are juicing, my advice is, not to add too much beetroot for a start. A small slice would do and slowly increase the amount as your body adapts to it. I remember when I was new in juicing, more than 15 years ago, I decided to add a small beetroot one day when juicing carrots and apples. Within minutes after drinking, I felt very nauseous. I had to lie down for about an hour before the terrible feeling slowly disappeared. I checked it out and read that it is not advisable to add a whole beetroot for a start. Increase gradually.

See, that’s how I learn through the years, through many trials and blunders to improve my poor health. At least my health improved when doctors gave up…..*big smiles*. I have learned along the way that the right food, and not medicine, can help to restore our health. For more about juices and health, you can check it out in my Health section.

I have always been very fascinated and intrigued by the strong red colour of beetroot. I have tried to make desserts out of it but sadly without much success to retain its bright colour. Have I given up? No. I tried again recently after some self-challenged questions. I thought it’s the baking that destroyed the beautiful red colour. I mean before baking the batter was so red and beautiful. But it just disappears after that……*sigh*.

What about steaming it as the temperature used would only be 100 degrees Celsius instead of 200 degrees Celsius as in baking? I was so excited to try. I must say that the result was still not what I wanted but at least brighter as you can see in the picture above. You can compare the colour to my previous posts on my beetroot cakes here. However, the texture and taste is really good. It was very moist. I shared with my friends and they liked it very much.
Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Dairy Free)
White Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Right, here’s the easy recipe for my Healthy Steamed White Chocolate Beetroot Cake. Again, I used spelt flour for health benefits. If you don’t have spelt flour, just replace it with the normal plain flour. This cake is perfect for vegetarians too.

Ingredients A
400g beetroot (peeled and chopped roughly)
6 eggs
150g olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon

Put all of Ingredients A into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour it out into a mixing bowl.

Ingredients B
400g white chocolate
100g olive oil

Melt Ingredients B in a pot under very low fire. Keep stirring until melted. Pour into the beetroot mixture.

Ingredients C
1C unrefined sugar
2 & 1/2C spelt flour
1 & 1/2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
2t vanilla essence

Beautiful cake batter

Beautiful cake batter

Add all of Ingredients C into the beetroot and chocolate mixture. Mix well with a whisk. Put some water to boil in a steamer. It will take about 1 hour to steam so make sure you add more water. However, you can add again if the water dries out. I had to add once.

Well steamed

Well steamed

Grease a baking tin and pour in the batter and place the tin into the steamer. Steam for about 1 hour. Test with a skewer. If it comes out dry after you insert into the centre, then it’s cooked. Let cool and cut to serve. I love it just as it is.

Moist and delicious

Moist and delicious

Steamed cake doesn’t last as long as baked cakes. So, I would suggest you keep it in the fridge if the weather is hot. It’s nice even when served cold.

beautiful empty bowl!

beautiful empty bowl!

My goodness…..I still love the colour. I even took a picture of the mixing bowl after pouring out the batter into the steaming tray…..haha

Well, that’s my beetroot baking adventure. There’ll be more to come. Need to think first. I’m eager to make beetroot pancakes!

How about you? Have you tried using beetroot in your cooking? What is your favourite way of using beetroot? Do share. Hope you have lots of fun cooking and baking.

Till then, see you in my next post.

Other so called healthy cake recipes that you may be interested in:
Healthy, Moist, Simple And Easy Carrot Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Nectarine Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Chocolate Banana Cake
Blueberry Banana Streusel Cake
Moist Orange Cake
Blueberry Pound Cake
Blueberry Orange Cake

Quote of the day……

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”

- La Rochefoucauld

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suituapui  on September 10th, 2012

This looks so good! Wish I could have a slice…

Jeannie  on September 10th, 2012

Oh yummy I love steamed cakes and this looks beautiful! Lovely red batter and still even after steaming, not the case of baked beet cake!

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on September 10th, 2012

Looks very pretty! I’ve never tried steam beetroot before only juicing it with apple. Will bookmark on my list :)

Jess @ Bakericious  on September 10th, 2012

Hi Mary, the cake looks lovely. I started to like steamed cake ever since I had a very good steamed chocolate cake, would definitely want to try this since is using beetroot.

lena  on September 10th, 2012

i never tried beetroots in any form but probably would love to start them in juice and will take note of your advice with starting with just a tiny weeny small piece! nice to see beetroot cake with its beetroot colours!

Saskia (1=2)  on September 10th, 2012

Wow. This looks amazing, especially the color! I’ve also never steamed a cake before but would love to try.

Mistletoe  on September 10th, 2012

Beetroot white chocolate cake? That sounds rather interesting…but yummy. Don’t know why I don’t work with beetroot much. Have never even tried it juiced. Good advice on increasing the beetroot gradually! I think I may have thrown a whole beetroot in. Haha. Have you ever tried cooking with red spinach? I sometimes just boil it in water and add stuff to make a soup out of it. The red spinach gives the soup a beautiful red colour. Plus, the red attracts the kiddies to the soup. Might actually attract your kiddies too. ;) Haha.

somewhere in singapore  on September 10th, 2012

I didn’t know about beetroot till my friend introduce me to ABC juice…

Juliana  on September 10th, 2012

Mary, I love your recipes using beet…as for me I yet have to try to bake with it…love the steaming method for the cake…light and fluffy :)
Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week!

Mich - Piece of Cake  on September 10th, 2012

The colour is gorgeous! This is a better version of the typical red velvet cake!

TasteHongKong  on September 11th, 2012

This is a definitely a nice solution as my tummy is not good at taking much fresh juices. Besides, I like moist steamed cakes : ).

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on September 11th, 2012

Love beets…never thought of combining white chocolate and beet. I am totally intrigued with the idea.

Little Inbox  on September 11th, 2012

I’m impressed on your creative idea. This cake is really moist.

Mary  on September 13th, 2012

@suituapui - Thanks very much, Arthur! Time you make one for your wife :D

@Jeannie - I think I have started to like steamed cakes more. The texture is so good….mmm. I’ll try more steamed cakes when I’m bored :D

@Ann@Anncoo Journal - Yes, I love the colour. At least I got it more red for this one. Wonderful to know that you drink juice :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - You have a steamed chocolate cake? I need to check that out. Drooling now :D

@lena - Yes, juices are very good for health. Hope you’ll join me in the fun of juicing for good health :D

@Saskia (1=2) - Thanks very much, Saskia! Have fun baking! :D

@Mistletoe - Knowing you, I don’t think you’ll only throw in a whole beetroot. Probably a whole bunch!….haha. Yes, I love red spinach but sadly it’s not available here. My mom used to cook it for us….red spinach soup with ikan bilis. We would just pour over the rice and enjoy.

@somewhere in singapore - I see. I suppose you do enjoy it more often these days. I need to try using it in soup, too :D

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! Give this a try. Hope you’ll like it cos I love it :D

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Haha…..yes, I have been trying so hard to make velvet cake my way by using beetroot :D Hope to get it perfect one day!

@TasteHongKong - Looks like this is the one for you :D Maybe you can start slow on juices and slowly increase, like 1/4 cup to start with and on empty stomach.

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Haha…that’s because I love chocolates in my cooking. Makes it sound good too….hehe :D

@Little Inbox - Thanks very much! :D

Lyndsey@TinySkillet  on September 13th, 2012

This looks amazing! Not only do beet root and carrots both have such bright colors, both are sweet, and good for you! I would love to try a piece of this beautiful Healthy cake!

lisaiscooking  on September 16th, 2012

The color is so pretty! I love beets, and one of my favorite things I’ve made with them is beet pasta. Mashed, cooked beets were worked into the homemade pasta dough.

Divinity  on November 22nd, 2013

Hey there, its such a pretty cake…looks perfectly moist. I came across your blog while i was searching for beetroot cake recipes. I have one question however, if your batter is bright reddish in color then how did the cake turn to be brown on top & reddish at bottom. Have you done any layering or did that just turn out naturally?

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