Chocolate Beet Layer Cake (vegan & gluten-free)
Serves: 6" layer cake
  • Layer cake:
  • 95g brown rice flour (3/4 cup)
  • 35g buckwheat flour (1/4 cup)
  • 70g sunflower seeds, ground into flour consistency (1/2 cup)
  • 30g tapioca flour (1/4 cup)
  • 30g cacao powder (1/4 cup)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • ½tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼tsp ground cloves
  • pinch sea salt
  • 100g rapadura sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 1 orange, zest
  • 2tbsp ground flaxseed + 6tbsp water
  • 240ml beet puree (1 cup)
  • 80ml olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • 80ml orange juice (1/3 cup) +more as needed
  • 2tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate ganache: make the night before
  • 200g dark vegan chocolate (7oz) I've used Amore di Mona
  • 240ml oat cream (1 cup)
  • 1tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350F)
  2. Grease and line the base and dust the sides of two 6" round cake baking tins.
  3. Mix 2tbsp ground flaxseed with 6tbsp water and set aside to thicken.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, ground sunflower seeds, tapioca flour, cacao powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, salt and sugar. Add zest of 1 orange and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together flax eggs, beet puree, olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.
  6. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until well combined. You should have thicker muffin consistency. Add more orange juice if needed.
  7. Spoon the mixture evenly into your prepared tins and level out the surface.
  8. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean, it might still be little sticky.
  9. Remove from the oven once ready and leave to cool down for 20 min before removing from the tins.
  10. Roughly chop the chocolate for the chocolate ganache and place into a medium bowl. Place the oat cream and maple syrup into a small pot and gently heat until boiling point. Pour over the chopped chocolate and stir until completely melted and smooth. Leave to cool down before placing into a fridge to set overnight into a spreadable consistency.
  11. Once the cakes are completely cool, you can assemble the cake. Place the bottom layer onto a cake stand and using spatula spread with some chocolate ganache. Top with the second cake layer and frost the sides and top of the cake.
  12. Decorate your cake to your liking with fresh seasonal fruit and flowers.
  13. Enjoy!
To make beet puree you can either roast, boil or steam 2 medium beets until soft and then blend into a smooth puree.
You can replace oat cream with another vegan cream.
Recipe by Nirvana Cakery at