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
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 1Â 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.