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Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe, plain, powdered, and frosted

© 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
Don't be turned off by the beets! You won't taste them at all, and they make the cake very moist. This easy cake is rich, chocolate decadence at its finest. It is surprisingly light and not overly sweet so the chocolate flavor shines. You must try it to believe it. This cake is moist and delicious without any topping. However, if you would like to dress it up, you may sift powdered sugar over the top or frost with your favorite icing.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz.) whole or quartered beets (not pickled), drained (reserve liquid)
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup juice from beets
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange rack in the center of the oven. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick foil.

In a medium bowl, measure flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

Puree drained beets in a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Scrape into a large bowl. Add sugar, vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup reserved beet juice to the pureed beets and mix on medium speed until combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract, blending until completely incorporated.

Add flour mixture to the beet mixture. Using medium speed, mix until combined, at least two minutes, scraping down sides often. Add melted unsweetened chocolate and mix until combined.

Pour into baking pan. Distribute chocolate chips evenly over the top of the batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over-bake or it will become dry. Let cool to room temperature.

This cake is moist and delicious without any topping. However, if you would like to dress it up, you may sift powdered sugar over the top or frost with your favorite icing.

Yield: 36 to 48 servings, depending on cut size

Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe Photo © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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 5 out of 5
Easily Converted to Gluten Free, Member LaciLynn

This was so delicious. I was skeptical about the entire beets-in-a-cake idea because I've had a chocolate beet muffin before and it was too beet-tasting but this!! This was great. And I substituted my own gluten free flour blend and added a little xanthan gum and bam! It was awesome. I already sent this recipe along to someone else. And the batter actually tasted pretty decent too. I licked the whole bowl :P

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