A decadent beet cake for your Valentine

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. How about treating your sweetie to a decadent beet cake?

Beets are the star ingredient in one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever eaten. Beets naturally have a lot of sugar, which sweetens the cake. The beets also give the cake a rich, beautiful, slightly reddish color. I first tasted this cake years ago, when a caterer I knew made it. It was frosted with a luscious fudge frosting and topped with chocolate curls. It was so elegant, and so good.

This recipe comes from Alisa Bangerter, the author of “Sweet Surprises for the Holidays.”

Chocolate Beet Cake
This is a very moist and delicious chocolate cake.
1 can (15 oz.) whole beets, drained (save juice)
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 cup juice from beets
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate, melted

Sift together salt, baking soda and flour. Set aside. Place beets in blender jar and puree. Add sugar, oil, and beet juice to beets and blend. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend well. Pour the beet mixture into a mixing bowl and add the dry ingredients. Mix well on medium speed for about 1 minute. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and decorate top with chocolate curls if desired.

To make chocolate curls: Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi-sweet baking squares in the microwave. Invert a baking sheet and spread the chocolate in a thin layer over the sheet. Let set in refrigerator until chocolate is set but not hard. Take a spatula and scrape the chocolate from the pan to create a curl. The curls will be as wide as the spatula used. If the chocolate breaks, let it soften at room temperature. If it is too soft, return to the refrigerator for a few more minutes. When you have the right consistency, you will be able to create beautiful chocolate curls. Place a pile of curls on the cake and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

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8 Responses to A decadent beet cake for your Valentine

  1. Monica says:

    Wow, just reading the description alone made me want to taste it! I’m going to make this for my hubby, he loves beets but I never know how to cook them, however, I can bake:)
    Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!
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  2. Vicki says:

    This sounds DELICIOUS! I am going to try to make it this weekend and let you know how it comes out!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Bianca Boll says:

    I love cake, I hate to bake. Is there a recipe I could work on with chocolate in it for dinner?

  4. Tanya says:

    Bianca, as a matter of fact, there is. I found this intriguing recipe for chili flavored with chocolate, and lots of spice. You might want to try it. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/chiarello-chocolate-chili-con-carne-recipe/index.html
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  5. Elise says:

    The is really a delicious cake! We made a red beet, red velvet cake one time and it was truly one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever made. This looks like the same recipe but without the red coloring. You could smell the beets as the cake was cooling, but couldn’t taste them at all.
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  6. Tanya Manus says:

    Next time I make this I’ll add red food coloring! Thanks for the idea, Elise.

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