“No Heart-Beet” Cake

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If it ever feels like Halloween is becoming too much of a shop-bought sweet fest, there’s no better way to reclaim the spooky season than by making your own treats at home. While a carved pumpkin makes for an essential decoration (and pumpkin cupcakes is a great way to make use of the pumpkin flesh), if you’re looking for a deliciously dark centrepiece this Halloween that you can actually eat, we have the perfect thing.

This gruesome gateau is bloody delicious! Even cooking it is a pretty gorey process, as the recipe uses beetroot – the bloodiest of vegetables – to make its dark sponge. Be warned, this rough and rustic cake is also terrifyingly tasty, rich and decadent. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Ingredients for the “No Heart-Beet” Cake

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Ingredients

For the sponge:

  • 3 eggs
  • 100g self-raising flower
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • 50g almonds
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g cooked beetroot

For the cream cheese frosting: 

  • 200g butter
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 300g strawberry jam


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C (fan)/ gas 4. Grease two 10cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin with a little butter and line the base with baking paper. Place the dark chocolate in a bowl and put in the microwave for 30-90 sec or until melted, then set aside to cool

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2. Place the eggs, sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and whisk together, using an electric whisk, for about 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla extract, then sift over self-raising flour, baking powder and fold in, together with the ground almonds

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Recipe

3. Grate the beetroot and squeeze out the excess liquid. Fold the beetroot into the mixture with the cooled chocolate, until thoroughly mixed

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Recipe

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tins and bake for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool for a little while, then remove from the tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Recipe

5. For the icing, beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add cream cheese and vanilla; beat until fully incorporated. Gradually increase mixer speed to high add the icing sugar in stages, beating on low speed (stir), until well combined. Add additional confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency for spreading and level of sweetness is reached

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Recipe

6. Assemble the cake by adding a layer of icing on top of one of the sponges, then placing the second sponge on top and fully icing the entire outside of the sponges with the cream cheese frosting

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Recipe

7. Spoon generous dollops of strawberry jam in the middle of the top of the cake and drizzle a few extra lines to create the ‘bloody’ effect

No Heart-Beet Halloween Cake Recipe

8. Place a knife into the centre for an extra-macabre finishing touch

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Gruesome enough for your Halloween this year?! Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

If baking is your thing, take a look at some of our other baking recipes on the Gousto blog like our Butterscotch Chocolate Blondies or our Super Easy Banana Bread.


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