The sweetness of friends and beetroot chocolate cake [paleo].

Canadian Fam

Our fourth (and final) Easter in NZ was celebrated in the company of our dear Canadian comrades.  After celebrating many a holiday, birthday, and festival together, and journeying quite closely with each other over these past three years, it’s hard imagine not being here for special gatherings like this.

Dale & Amber

A photoshoot on Eastern Beach with Amber & Dale (to capture Amber’s glorious baby bump before Baby Hart makes his/her appearance in just a few weeks’ time!) was followed by a lovely Easter dinner on the Hart’s patio.

Easter Dinner

As the night cooled off (just slightly), we moved indoors to enjoy some home brewed coffee and this beetroot chocolate cake.


Although it contains three whole cups of grated beetroot, the flavour of beetroot is actually difficult to detect on the palate.  Grain free and sweetened with a bit of honey, this decadent cake has a deep, satisfying chocolate flavour, high moisture and nutrient content, and luscious texture that led some of us to go back for seconds.

Thanks so much to Debra from The Saffron Girl for sharing her great modifications to Elana’s Purple Velvet Torte.


Paleo Beetroot Chocolate Cake (from The Saffron Girl)


  • 3 cups of grated, cooked beetroots
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raw 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

cooked beetroot


  1. Preheat oven to 170C (350F).
  2. Beat the beetroots, eggs and olive oil together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the honey, vanilla extract, baking soda, sea salt and spices. Blend well.
  4. Add the cocoa powder and coconut flour and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Pour into a greased cake pan of choice. I used a 9-inch round cake pan.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before cutting and serving. Garnish as desired.

To be completely paleo, cake can be enjoyed plain or with some whipped coconut cream.

Paleo Chocolate Beetroot Cake

For a more indulgent, non-paleo frosting, this whipped cream cheese frosting is divine.  

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 pkg (80z) cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 75g butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar


Cream butter and cream cheese together with a wooden spoon.  Add in vanilla.  Beat on medium speed with an electric mixture, and slowly add in icing sugar until extremely smooth and slightly fluffy.

Wishing our family and friends in Canada and the USA a joyous Easter celebration today!


14 thoughts on “The sweetness of friends and beetroot chocolate cake [paleo].

    • Thanks, Nanny! Yes, it will definitely be hard to say goodbye… we’ve been very blessed with wonderful people to share this journey with. So glad you got to come and meet them. Love you, Nanny!! Hope Easter lunch at your place yesterday was a lovely time. xoxo

  1. Hi Breno and Mel! Thank you so much for trying out my version of this beetroot chocolate cake; and I’m so happy you like it!! You have a very pretty blog here…. best wishes on your transition back to Canada.

  2. Hi there, Im looking to make these tomorrow. Not sure how grated the beets should be. Pulverized? or jut run through the grater?

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