Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chocolate Beet Cake

Yes!Finally something good to do with these beets every summer. I got this recipe from the csa a month ago and finally got around to making it recently. When I first saw the recipe it didn't sound appealling but I thought why not give it a try once. Nothing esle worked all summer with the beets. Once it was baked it looked like a brownie. I was excited because I think I found the perfect brownie recipe and the beets taste great. No one minded the beets bceause afer the cake is cooked the beet flavor is gone it tastes a chocolate cake with bits of fuit.

Chocolate Beet Cake
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups of sugar
Mix 6 tablespoons water, 6 tablespoons oil and 4 teaspoons baking powder(replaces 4 eggs)
1 1/2 cup beets, boiled and mashed
1/2 cup applesauce
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cup cocoa powder
Preheat ovent to 350. Beat oil ,sugars and baking powder mixture by hand or with an electric mixer on medium. If using eggs add one egg at a time and beat thoroughly. Add beets and applesauce. In a separate bowl sift or whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda then add to wet mixture. Pour into 2 greased 9 inch round cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes.

-I do the baking powder mixture instead of the 4 eggs because of the egg allergy in our family.
-The original recipe includes 1/2 tablespoons of espresso or coffee grinds.
-If this is too much I would recommend cut the recipe in half.

The bummer part for me about this recipe is that I got it later in the season after many beets were sacrificied in other recipes and not eaten. That's ok there is next summer. I'm also wondering if I can freeze the mashed beets for this recipe?


affectioknit said...

That sounds awesome - I haven't pulled my beets yet - but I think I may have one bag still in the freezer from last year - and thanks for the egg substitute to add to my repertoire...

Lise said...

Oh, I forgot about beet chocolate cake when you asked for suggestions! Great one. I'll have to try your recipe. The one I've made tastes pretty beety to me.

I'm sure you could freeze the puree. Also, beets will last ages if you cut off all the greens and store them in your fridge or a cold part of your house. (The remaining green bits might get a bit gross, but the beet itself is fine.)

Thanks for your comment about my dress. It was really easy--my sewing skills are not all that great! You might want to try that pattern; it would fit any of your girls.

lucy said...

okay, as weary as i am about this recipe, i can't wait to try it. if you say it tastes good then i know it does. hmmm...what are you doing next week? how about coffee, you bring the desert? (hehehe)

angelina said...

that looks and smells fantastic.
[yes, i can cybersmell chocolate..]x

wendy {domestic success} said...

I would have never have thought of putting beets in cake - who knew!

ella@lifeologia said...

I just made a chocolate cake that has pumpkin puree and buckweat flour - so this is so great :)
This one sure beets it ;)

Allison said...

very cool! i've also been wondering what to do with beets. i'm planning to make a beet salad this week, but i'll have to keep this cake in mind for next time.

Kim @ Starry Sky Ranch said...

I am so trying this!

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