Did someone say CAKE!?

Everybody loves cake!

And there’s no better time to indulge in chocolatey goodness than birthdays!

So a big happy birthday to The Gym…

Now it’s time for cake!

There really is no ‘healthy’ chocolate cake. In my books, if you want a piece of cake eat it, enjoy it, and get on with your healthy lifestyle.  This recipe is a ‘healthier’ version of your traditional chocolate cake, but at the end of the day it’s still energy dense, it’s still cake. Try not to be thrown by the few strange ingredients and give this recipe a go, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!



  • 85g dark chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut, rapidura or brown sugar
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 300g cooked beetroot (see method), or pre-cooked beetroot
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sifted cocoa or cacao
  • 200g almond meal
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Icing ingredients: (If you really want to indulge, but the cake is delicious without icing also!)

  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Chocolate shavings for decoration


  • Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • To cook beetroots, wash thoroughly and place in a pot full of cold water. No need to peel. Bring to the boil and cook beets for ~30mins or until soft.
  • Once cooked, run the beets under cold water and gently rub off the skins.
  • Blend or mash the beetroots until slightly smooth but still some ‘chunks’ remaining.
  • Melt the dark chocolate.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and oil.
  • Slowly add the beetroot mash, melted chocolate and vanilla into the egg mixture.
  • Stir well to combine, but take care not to over work the mixture.
  • Fold in the cocoa, almond meal, baking powder and salt into the mixture.
  • Grease a 20cm spring form cake tin.
  • Bake for approximately 50 minutes – test with a skewer.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
  • For the icing – beat, cream cheese and honey. Decorate with chocolate shavings.
  • Enjoy! From, ‘The Friendly Foodie’!