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Chocolate Beet Cake

by on August 20, 2008 · 11 comments

After making today’s veggie burgers, I decided to make good use of the rest of the canned beets. I’d always wanted to try a beet cake, so I did a search and found a highly rated sheet cake on Recipezaar.

Below is my interpretation of the recipe. The only change I made was to add a small handful of miniature chocolate chips, but the cake is so rich and moist those are optional. They didn’t hurt anything, though! Pureeing the beets was a little difficult in my processor, so to get the beets smooth, I added some of the oil to the beets as I processed – not additional oil, just a couple of tablespoons of oil from the original 1 cup.

My cake tasted delicious and didn’t have any funny “beet” taste which a few people mentioned in the Recipezaar review. It did look a little thinner than the one pictured on Recipezaar, and I’m thinking it might be because I used 3 Egg Beaters in place of eggs.

One last thing. I don’t always believe people when they say a cake doesn’t need frosting and I was prepared to whip some up. As it happened, the reviewers were right and the cake does not need frosting. In fact, the frosting would probably be overkill because the cake is so incredibly moist. Fresh whipped cream? That is another issue! I am going to serve this with whipped cream and strawberries.

chocolate beet cake


Chocolate Beet Cake
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Chocolate Beet Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used 7.7 oz)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 1cup pureed, unsalted, canned beats (drain, puree)**
  • Small handful of mini chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9 inch metal baking pan with flour added cooking spray or grease using your preferred method.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Beat sugar and eggs together for 1 ½ minutes using high speed of electric mixer. Beat in oil and vanilla; when well mixed, beat in the melted chocolate and beets.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until well mixed. The batter might seem a little lumpy from the beet puree, but that’s okay.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake on center rack of oven for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. To test for doneness, insert a wooden pick or skewer in center. It should come out clean or with a moist crumb or two. The cake might seem almost too moist, but it firms up as it cools and mellows out.
  6. Let cool completely. If you have the time, let sit over night and serve the next day.

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Published on August 20, 2008

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl August 20, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Beet cake, eh?? Intriguing!

Hannah August 20, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Hmmm I’ve never had a beet before…….looks very interesting!

Cherie August 20, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Looks tasty but I don’t know. I don’t like my veggies playing with my dessert. :)

brian August 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm

First tomato soup and now beets. I’m eagerly awaiting the next recipe! What does one tell to kids when offering them one of these?

Emiline August 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

You’ve got the beet.

Danetta August 21, 2008 at 6:29 am

We call that Wacky cake here in Oklahoma. It is really a good cake.
I love your blog and read it every day, thanks for sharing so much with us.

Joanna August 21, 2008 at 5:55 am

I haven’t eaten breakfast yet and now I want some beet cake!

Tanya August 21, 2008 at 7:10 am

I’ve never heard of this! However, if you can make a cake with carrots or zucchini, why not with beets? Chocolate and anything is good!

runjess August 21, 2008 at 10:26 am

I also look up recipes for extra ingredients that I have so that I don’t waste them.

The cookie dough for the NY Times “Best” chocolate chip cookie is currently chilling in my fridge. I’m excited.

Danielle August 21, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I love vegetable desserts! After all, they’re healthy, right?! I wanted to let you know that I’ve listed you as a Diamond Award winner on my blog. I’m a huge fan of your blog and visit you almost daily. Thanks for contributing to my food addiction!

kristina February 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

Yes! I’ve had a can of beets in my cupboard and have been looking for something fun to do with it. Making this asap!

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