When my oldest daughter got married they purchased their cake from a bakery in Sebastopol, CA. It was so pretty they chose a simply decorated cake, it had butter cream frosting with the addition of a few flowers put on a rustic wood cake stand made by my son. Why am I telling you all this? Well, the cake they picked from their tasting was a chocolate beet cake with a filling that I have tried to find. It would be the perfect Valentines Day cake. I have been on the hunt for a chocolate beet cake recipe similar to their wedding cake ever since then. I want to bake that perfect cake I had that day!
Although the cake I am sharing was very good. It was more dense than the wedding cake but, it was delicious. This cake was easy to make because it’s steps are simple. If you like you can frost or glaze it to give it an even sweeter taste. I thought you might enjoy this for recipe Valentines Day! Chocolate Beet Cake is something unexpected adding a naturally sweet addition to the cake. I could of mashed up the beets a bit more but, didn’t find it necessary. It would be a matter of preference.
If you don’t have beet lovers in your house by all means, blend and mash away! And then some! They will never be the wiser there are beets in the cake when they eat it!
Despite us enjoying this dark chocolate beet cake recipe I know my hunt for the perfect chocolate beet cake will resume. I hope to find one a little lighter and not made in a bundt pan. If you know of any recipe feel free to pass along the link or blog to me. As I don’t think the bakery would share their recipe with me if I asked. Dare I?
I hope you enjoy the recipe. I didn’t glaze or frost it but, you can and I have included where you can find the full recipe with the glaze topping below.
Recipe Credits: The Law Students Wife see link above.
- 3 medium beets, stems and tails removed
- 1 and 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cup canola oil, divided
- 3 large eggs
- 1 and 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- confectioners' sugar (optional)
- 3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted, plus extra if needed
- 2 tablespoons milk, plus extra if needed
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash beets and place in a small roasting pan with 1/2 cup water. Cover and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until easily pierced with a fork. Dunk the beets in cool water, then using your fingers, slip off the peels. Coarsely chop, then transfer to a blender or food processor and puree. Measure out 2 cups and set aside.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 10-cup Bundt or tube pan with oil and dust with flour. In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat pastry flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a double boiler or a small pan over low heat, add the chocolate and 1/4 cup of the oil. Heat just until the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat and stir until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until fluffy. Slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, the chocolate mixture, and the 2 cups beet puree. Gently add the flour mixture, stirring by hand just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes......
- For Glaze and full instructions visit: http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/2013/02/chocolate-beet-cake/
When baking do be careful to watch it so it doesn’t over bake. My oven runs hot and I took it out fifteen minutes earlier than the stated baking time. I would venture to say if you don’t have whole wheat flour you can try just white flour, but I use the recipe just the way I found it. If I try it next time I might use a few more ounces of yogurt. I really think the key to getting the recipe correct all depends on your beet size and measuring too.
Have you ever tried a chocolate beet cake? Have you ever made a chocolate beet cake?