I get my CSA box on Thursday. Really a perfect day to get it. Yes, I know that I seem to have a love/hate thing going on with my box…
This weeks box had some really beautiful looking beets in it. One of them was huge, about the size of my youngest daughters head! It also came with my weekly newsletter. For their newsletter they always feature 2 recipes, come ingredients and a bit of farm news. One of the recipes caught my eye. It was for a Chocolate Beet Cake and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it.
See how moist and delicious it looks? Ummm, nope (see after recipe)!
Chocolate Beet Cake (from About.com)
- 3 large beets
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
- Trim stems off beets, and wash off dirt. Drizzle olive oil over beets. Wrap loosely in foil and place on a sturdy baking sheet. Roast 45-55 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork.
- Remove from oven and let beets cool 10-15 minutes. Peel and cut into chunks.
- Place beet chunks and applesauce in a food processor, fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until smooth.
- Beat sugar, oil and eggs together in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa powder and beet mixture. Mix well.
- Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually mix into batter until no clumps of flour show. Do not over mix.
- Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 40 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake another 2-10 minutes until cake is done. (I skipped this as the cake was domed and the chips would have been everywhere so I just sprinkled it with powdered sugar!)
Results: I am so, so very sad. I just did not like this cake! It didn't have the beautiful color that I thought it would have once cooked. Before it was baked the color of it was just gorgeous. A beautiful, deep, rich red but once it was baked it looks like chocolate cake.
I also think that the flavor of it is a little “irony” or “earthy”. That may have been my fault. The recipe does not have a measurement for the beet and apple sauce mixture and that could add up to a big fail right there. The beets I had were very large. I even removed some of the chunks but I guess not enough. I probably had about 2 cups of pureed beets. I expected something like carrot cake or zucchini cake and this was too strong for me.
I am very picky though…my girlfriend Shellie liked it, as did the girls. I think if I used less beet puree it would be perfect but I still would not have the color I was looking for.
Would icing instead of the chocolate chips or powdered sugar help? I don’t think so. I may just save the icing for another really good banana cake!
Will I make this again? I am not sure. Roasting the beets and pureeing them is a pain in the butt and took a while. I was also disappointed by the color so maybe not but I would love to get the flavor right so you never can tell! It will not be my go to cake for sure!
Maybe we should just try these…Double Dark Chocolate Beet Muffins by Pinch My Salt