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    Spiced beetroot traybake with cream cheese frosting and pecans

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus cooling and chilling
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes, plus cooling and chilling

    Serves: 16-20


    140g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    150g pecans
    60g crystallised ginger
    4 eggs
    250ml mild olive oil
    320g dark brown soft sugar
    220g finely grated beetroot
    3 tsp vanilla extract
    ½ small orange, zest
    1½ tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp ground ginger
    240g self-raising flour
    ½ tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    140g icing sugar
    280g soft cheese
    2 tsp lemon juice


    1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 24cm x 35cm baking tray with baking parchment. Spread the nuts out on another baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Cool, then chop quite finely.

    2. Chop the crystallised ginger and put in a large bowl. Add the eggs, oil, sugar, beetroot, 1½ tsp vanilla extract, orange zest, spices and 50g toasted pecans, then whisk together. Stir in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Pour into the tin and bake for 40 minutes, until risen, golden and springy to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.

    3. Put the softened butter in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon. Add the icing sugar and remaining 1½ tsp vanilla, then gradually beat that in too. Gently fold in the soft cheese and lemon juice until just blended. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours. Spread the frosting thickly over the cooled cake and shower with the remaining toasted pecans. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, August 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue


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