Orange-Chocolate Cake with Beets, Honey, Chia Seeds & Spelt Flour

If you love the beets as much as I do that this recipe is definitely for you. On my blog I have about twenty different recipes with beets, but there is nothing like this dessert. Chocolate and beets may sound to be a strange combination, but in fact they go very well together. This cake has an interesting texture and taste, chia seeds give it a crunch and beets chunks feel like small pieces of fruit, very sweet and colorful. Coconut oil adds an amazing aroma to this unique dessert. Try it and see for yourself, have a little culinary adventure in your kitchen. Don't forget to put a kettle on, while baking a cake-))

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Serves: 6-8

  • 2/3 cup (100g) coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) buckwheat honey
  • 1.7 oz (50g) dark chocolate (70%), broken into small pieces
  • 2 cups (250g) beets, peeled, shredded
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • zest from one orange
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp. dried shredded coconut (unsweetened) 


Preheat the oven to 350F/175°C. Lightly oil a Bundt pan or a cake pan. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and tap out the excess.

In a large bowl, stir together the spelt flour, cacao powder, baking powder, chia seeds and salt.

In a sauce pan on a very low heat mix together the coconut oil and honey. Add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat.

In additional bowl mix together the chocolate mixture, shredded beets, eggs and orange zest. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake the cake about 25-30 minutes, until the top is lightly dark but the cake still sticky/moist inside. Serve it warm with a tablespoon of yogurt.

Inspired by Green Kitchen Stories recipe (one of my favorite blog).


La Table De Nana said...
April 8, 2015 at 2:04 PM  

How beautiful!
And your still life♥

Anonymous said...
April 8, 2015 at 2:23 PM  

Gorgeous cake, gorgeous copper pots, gorgeous pewter, just GORGEOUS Yelena :)

Angie Schneider said...
April 9, 2015 at 4:44 AM  

What a glorious cake! Love the mix of flavours.

Medeja said...
April 9, 2015 at 6:33 AM  

This cake is just packed with great delicious things :)

handmade by amalia said...
April 10, 2015 at 7:06 AM  

What an interesting recipe! I'm trying to imagine what it would taste like.

Te de Ternura said...
April 17, 2015 at 2:08 AM  

Saludos YELENA!!!

Yannara Bee said...
January 23, 2016 at 3:14 PM  

What size of bundt pan did you use?

Yelena Strokin said...
January 23, 2016 at 3:23 PM  

I used 8 inch cake pan. You can use whatever you have, really-)

Yann said...
January 24, 2016 at 10:02 AM  

I know that, but I made it in a 10 ¼ bundt pan and the result was a very thin cake (I am from Slovenia and in shops here I find only big size pans).
The cake is amazing (with yoghurt, especially)! Thank you very much for the recipe!

Yelena Strokin said...
January 24, 2016 at 11:20 AM  

Yann, yes, your cake pan a little big for this cake, but anyway, I am glad that you enjoyed the flavors.

Mya Lomenova said...
October 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM  

Looks amazing! I would like to try it. I've got some buckwheat at home. Could it be substituted for spelt? Thanks

Yelena Strokin said...
October 17, 2017 at 11:56 AM  

Mya, thank you for your comment. I think it can be, I never done this way, please try and let me know!

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