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Beetroot cake with lime icing

Beetroot cake with lime icing

As beautfiful as it is delicious, our recipe for Beetroot Cake with Lime Icing pairs velvety cake with a topping of zesty frosting and blueberry garnish. A showstopper at any occasion, refreshing flavours playfully complement each other in perfect contrast offering rich texture and taste that lingers on your palate.

1 cake
Sweet Citrusy

ingredients

  • 225 g butter
  • 275 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1½ tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1½ tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • 100 g finely grated beetroots
  • 250 ml beetroot juice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Lime icing

  • 200 g plain cream cheese 25%
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 300 ml creme fraiche 30%

Garnish

  • blueberry dust

preparation

Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating between each egg. Combine the flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine the beetroot, beetroot juice and apple cider vinegar then carefully fold the flour mixture and the beetroot mixture alternately into the egg mixture. Pour the batter into a greased springform (approx. 24 cm in diameter). Bake in the middle of the oven for approx. 1 hour at 180°C (conventional oven), then leave to cool on a rack. Carefully slice the cooled cake lengthwise into 2 layers.

Combine the cream cheese, icing sugar, lime zest and juice. Beat the whipping cream until stiff, then fold into the cream cheese mixture. Place one cake layer on a serving dish. Spread 1/3 of the frosting on top. Place the second layer on top. Spread the rest of the icing all over the cake. Start on top, then spread it down sides, creating a smooth surface. To get the icing completely smooth, just dip the palette knife in warm water and dry it off. Draw one large and one small heart on two pieces of paper and cut them out. Use the hollow heart stencils to sprinkle heart shapes on the frosted cake using blueberry dust.

Tips & tricks

You can substitute beetroot pulp from a juicer for the grated beetroot. The pulp is what is leftover after pressing juice.