Chocolate Beet Cake

You won't taste the pureed beets, but they make this cake extra moist and play up its deep chocolate flavor.

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  • Servings: 8
Chocolate Beet Cake

Photography: Marcus Nilsson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011


  • 4 medium beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • Candied Beet Chips, for garnish


  1. Cover beets with 2 inches water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until very tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp paring knife, about 30 minutes. Drain. Puree beets in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, water, oil, vanilla, and 1 1/4 cups beet puree (reserve remaining puree for another use).

  3. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan (3 inches deep) with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment, and coat with spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Turn out cake from pan, and discard parchment. Let cool completely, right side up.

  4. Trim top of cake using a serrated knife to create a level surface. Transfer cake, cut side down, to a platter. Pour chocolate glaze over the top, and let set, about 30 minutes. Garnish with beet chips.

Cook's Notes

Unglazed cake can be stored at room temperature (wrapped in plastic) for up to 2 days. Storage: Glazed cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.


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