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Chocolate Beet Cake

If you have a family you remember trying to get them to eat nutritious food when they were young, impossible. Although some people I talk to say their children eat everything (aliens I think). My 6 year old doesn’t like “flavours” in his food, that means anything green or red or orange etc that he didn’t ask for. He survives on pasta and rice, although he does now eat apples, as long as you peel and cut them for him. We long ago realized this is not healthy but what can you do if he won’t eat. So we started putting puréed butternut squash or yams into his mac & cheese and he loved it. Bingo! He is getting veggies. He also loves chocolate. We discovered a recipe, actually we ran across several but I can’t remember where they came from, where you put beets into chocolate, chocolate cake.

I found this recipe recently and have made it a couple times, at the request of my 16 year old daughter, who knows the beets are in there. I am always amazed that when you make the batter it is purple and when it is baked, it is chocolate. So try this one for your little and big ones at home. One note, I used one 9″ pan and it took double the time they suggest. I remembered that this time and promptly forgot and still used one pan. So hopefully next time I will remember and will use two 9″ pans and this should solve the problem. It tastes great even at double the time. I am suggesting you use two 9″ pans and thus reduce your baking time and double your pleasure! I used one and baked for 70 minutes.

Chocolate Beet Cake
adapted from About.com by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
14 oz sliced beets, drained (reserve 1/2 cup juice)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup juice from beets
3 large organic eggs, whisked
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 oz (4 squares) unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (rack in center).
  2. Whisk flours, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Purée drained beets in a blender, scrape into a large bowl.
  4. Add sugar, oil, reserved beet juice to the beets and mix with a hand mixer or whisk until combined.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla extract and blend together.
  6. Add flour to the beet mixture and mix with hand mixture until well combined, 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add melted chocolate and mix again.
  8. Pour into *two* greased 9″ baking pans.
  9. Cover the tops of each with chocolate chips.
  10. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean from the center of the cake.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack before serving.

Chocolate Beet Cake

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5 comments to Chocolate Beet Cake

  • As for the batter being purple and the cake ending up chocolate, I have a secret to tell you. Not that I would personally know, mind you, but if one gets one’s hair dyed dark brown, the mix to go on the hair is purple. ..for whatever that’s worth!


  • Ward

    Not that you would know of course, someone told you you that I am sure 🙂

    Whatever the science behind it is, I just love the way it tastes and so did they. If they have to eat chocolate cake, I am glad it has something healthy in it for them.


  • I’m just impressed you are baking! This one goes high on the list of “must-try”.


  • Julie Rhind

    Hi Ward, I am so impressed with this site I am going to recommend it to a few of my friends who like to eat clean and healthy.

    I was reading about your son not getting enough veggies unless you put them in things have you ever seen the book called Deceptively Delicious By Shosana Loenstien (Jerry Seinfelds Wife) All the recipes are like that, the brownies are the best. I will try and remember to give it to Thom to bring to you so you can take a look at it.

    Keep up the fantastic job, I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!


    Ward Reply:

    Hi Julie,
    Yes I have that book, great. I have made the “beet” chocolate cake a few times and have used some of her other ideas too.
    I will try the brownies.


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