Monday, 25 July 2011

Golden Cake

... firstly, let me apologise for the dreadful and very un-styled photo's of this cake... I totally ran out of time to take my usual picture and by the time I shot these we were all very drunk... but it's such a damn fine cake I wanted you to see it regardless, plus I invented this recipe, so i'm doubly proud... about bad timing... kitchen comes out and it's mum's birthday... tradition has it that the family descends on Belleau... which usually means a hasty retreat from The Viking with excuses of work and 4 or 5 days of fishing with my brother and getting slowly sozzled with mum at the pub... so not all bad...

I wanted to bake a cake and was unsure in which direction to go until the gardener at Gunby presented me with a bunch of golden beetroot... no, i'd never seen them before either, but they are amazingly golden and taste very similar to the normal deep red / purple variety... so I thought about my chocolate and beetroot cake... however, once grated they were such an intense yellow that I thought it would be a shame to mask them with the dark chocolate so I tapped my temple a few times... opened the cupboard doors... pulled out some golden syrup and the golden cake was born...

... just in case you're wondering, I baked this on Friday... when I still had an oven... 

the golden beetroot in all it's glory!

Golden Cake
i've also used my classic cream-cheese icing (best icing in the world) but instead of icing sugar, to add to the golden theme i've added more golden syrup instead... plus I sprinkled it with edible gold dust... boy it was good and remained moist all weekend!

3 large free range eggs
200g light muscovado sugar
100ml sunflower oil
1tsp vanilla extract
100g self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds
the grated rind of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons of Golden Syrup (Maple Syrup would work here)
250g raw golden beetroot (finely grated)

- whisk together the egg, sugar and oil until smooth and creamy, stir in the vanilla extract then fold in the flour, bicarb, baking powder and ground almonds

- grate the raw beetroot, squeeze out the liquid and fold it into the cake mix along with the grated lemon rind and golden syrup

- pour the mixture into your cake tin and bake on 170 for 50 mins - 1hr.

- cool COMPLETELY on a wire rack

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. This looks great, Dom. And i'll bet there's none left by now? I am intrigued as to what you've sandwiched it with?

  2. yum yum yum! I've been so tempted to make a beetroot cake...I'd love to get my hands on some golden beetroot...siiigh :)

  3. Looks good to me!

    I did your oven roasted tomatoes and gave you a mention on my blog today. I'm not sure I got your recipe exactly right since I failed to bookmark it. Delicious dish!!


  4. It looks lovely, but did the beetroot keep it's bright colour? I've tried two beetroot cake recipes with purple beet - with one it coloured the cake pink, but with the other the beet turned brown as it cooked! Like other posters, I wonder what you sandwiched the cake layers with!

  5. hi all,

    cake was sandwiched with the icing and sliced banana... very fresh and fruity

    @ Suelle, the yellow flesh did not stain like the red type of beetroot and the final colour of the cake is more honey than gold!... but the taste was amazing!

  6. Teehee - hate to think how many of the photos on my blog were taken in a slightly tipsy state! I've always wanted to have a go at making a beetroot cake ... golden beetroot is really pushing the boat out!

  7. Ooh Dom, now you've got me thinking. I've got loads of golden beets growing down on our plot - you're so right, they are a glorious colour. Your cake looks delicious, which I bet it was. What's in the middle?

  8. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! What a lucky mum you have - will this be going on the menu at Gunby Hall? Can you decamp there and use their ovens?

  9. Pictures of cake are always forgiveable, looks yummy! Must track down some golden beetroot, have never tried beetroot cake but have been coincidentally thinking about it this week..

  10. Golden beetroot? Never heard of it before but looks great. Oh, the cake... you got me at golden syrup. Lucky mum you have :)

  11. Dom, your unstyled pics hereare better than most of my pics on a good day! cake looks stick-your-fork-in gorgeous! Love the idea of earthy golden beetroot in it x

  12. Lovely beetroots, always love something local and fresh! Not sure who's birthday that is but I wouldn't mind having mine now thanks. :)

  13. What a yummy birthday cake. I think the bananas are an unexpected bonus in every bite. I love when my family is all together for some kind of celebration. Lots of loud talking and hand gestures (the Italian in us) and drinking( the Irish in us). We are half Italian,half Irish so we know how to have a good time!! Try to stay calm in all the remodeling chaos. I'm very excited for you.

  14. Awesome cake! I am so intrigued by using beetroot for baking! Your baking during this kitchen chaos is just so terrific! Ask a busy person and nine times out of ten, they get the task done! Kudos!

    Happy Birthday, Mum!

    As for photographing and posting when tipsy, I think most bloggers have had their moments! haha!

  15. ooh that looks luscious...I've still got some beetroot left from my veg box and I bought golden syrup on Saturday to make a Brooklyn Blackout cake so I'm definitely going to have a go...but I bet Maple syrup amazing too...can't wait to try it...

  16. Sounds like a fun time was had by all! Hope your mum enjoyed her special day!

    Now I know what to try with my beets when they come out of the garden!

    Looking forward to seeing the new kitchen! Love the new header photo! LOL!!!

  17. Don't worry "it all goes into the stomach anyway"! What matters most is the taste and just from the sound of it, it sounds like a pretty darn good cake ;)

  18. I want a piece right now! Love the blue willow plate, by the way.

  19. Yes the cake not only looked good but tasted yummy too - we all loved it.
    Another great birthday weekend in Lincolnshire surrounded by all my family - many thanks
    love Mummyx

  20. Love this recipe, looks like a delicious cake.


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