I make this cake to have for tea during the week but it also works great as a birthday cake if you add a simple chocolate ganache.
300gr light brown sugar
1 1/2 bicarb of soda
7 tsp good quality coco powder
220 ml vegetable oil or hazelnut oil
225 gr rice flour
250 gr cooked beetroot ( pureed)
1/2 tsp Xantham gum
1tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat the oven on 170 FAN or gas mark 4 and butter a medium square tin.
Measure all dried ingredients and set aside. Mix all wet ingredients together and beat for a couple of minutes until homogenic.
Now add the dried ingredients and mix together until well blended.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
For a simple ganache, melt 150 gr of good quality dark chocolate on a very low heat. When most of the chocolate has melted take off the hob on to a cold surface and continue stirring. Add 170 ml of double cream and stir until you have a smooth ganache. Spread and decorate as you wish!