I love beets. Love them. Roasted in a little olive oil and they taste like candy. Seriously. I had spinach, beet and mushroom salad for lunch today. Heavy on the beets. I made a dish with beets and goat cheese when Dane visited last summer. He and Don freaked out but promised they’d try it. There weren’t any leftovers. They became beet loving converts.
We are having dinner at a friends house this evening and I said I’d bring the dessert. Secret Chocolate Cake. One guess on what the secret is…
2 cups beets cooked, peeled and chopped (I cheated and used canned beets. I have something else in store for the fresh ones in our fridge).
1/2 cup applesauce (we used the unsweeted kind. Mott’s #2 ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. yummy).
Puree’ in blender until smooth. Set aside
1 1/2 cups suger
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt (which I started to make in our crock-pot because I’m awesome)
Combine in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer 2 minutes.
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 t vanilla
Add along with the pureed beets; beat another 90 seconds.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t sale
1 t cinnamon (optional)
Gradually sift into the batter, mixing it in with a spoon but stirring only until blended.
1/2 c chocolate chips and/or nuts (chopped)
Stir in. Pour into greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350F until knife inserted in center comes out clean (40-50 min). To bake in a bundt pan, pour half of batter into the greased pan, sprinkle choc chips evenly on top, then add remaining to batter.
Summer variation: Substitue 2-3 Cups shredded raw zucchini or summer squash for the cooked, pureed beets. Use cinnamon and add 1/2 t allspice.
From the cookbook Simply in Season: a world community cookbook. This cake is good plain, but I’d image would be good frosted (or served in bowls with applesauce).
Note: I am not delusional. I realize that just because this contains whole wheat and my beloved beets, it is not health food. It’s dessert. Also, I am not advocating the “hide your kid’s vegetables” craze (i.e. Sneaky Chef, Deceptively Delicious). I think this is a ludicrous trend. Kids should learn to eat, and love, vegetables. Not vegetables parading as chocolate cake.
However, chocolate cake with beta carotene…and folate…and vitamin C …and, you get the idea….is not a bad thing.