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Beet Cake

I found this recipe handwritten in my grandmother's well-worn cookbook. I've made it many times, and my four grandchildren love it (they think it's just a moist chocolate cake). It's especially appropriate for this contest because our state is known as the beet-growing capital.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups pureed cooked beets
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and 1/4 cup butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream the remaining butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chocolate mixture, beets and vanilla.
  • Beat into creamed mixture (mixture will appear separated). Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 375° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 211 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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