1st Birthday Cakes – Yummy and Healthy Beetroot Cake

Healthy pink 1st birthday cakes? It’s true you can still have a vivid pink cake that is not full of artificial colors by making a beetroot cake.

I was first introduced to this cake at one of my son’s friends birthday parties and it is very nice. Perfect for your little princess! You can make this as fairy cakes by reducing down the cooking time.

Ingredients

Yummy  Beetroot cake

Yummy Beetroot cake

You will need

  • an 8 inch loose based cake tin,
  • 8oz (250g)self-raising flour,
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder,
  • 5oz (150g)soft brown sugar,
  • 3.5oz (100g) sultanas,
  • 7oz (200g)beetroot peeled and grated – this is about 2 or 3 beetroots,
  • 1/4 (150ml) pint vegetable or sunflower oil,
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten.

You can buy the beetroot cooked just don’t buy pickled beetroot!

How To Make This Healthy Birthday Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. 350F or gas mark 4.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder and soft brown sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add the sultanas and grated beetroot.
  4. Beat the oil and eggs togther and then add to the mixture.
  5. Mix altogether with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
  6. Spoon mixture into the greased and lined cake tin.
  7. Bake for 1 – 11/2 hours.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.

As you can imagine the beetroot will stain your hands and kitchen surfaces, if you want to avoid this extra decoration – cover up!

The beetroot juice that you will have left over from grating is perfect to add to your frosting, the more juice you add the pinker it will be. My advice would be to add it slowly until you find your perfect color, as you can’t go lighter only darker.