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Chocolate Beet Cake

Recipe photo courtesy of Marcus Nilsson

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011
Total Time Prep Servings



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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How would you rate this recipe?
  • jjosorensen
    25 JAN, 2018
    This is my go to chocolate cake recipe. We love it. We have it for most of our Birthday celebrations, and it always disappears!
  • jacquewhiteside
    3 AUG, 2017
    I take care of an elderly man with a sweet tooth like no other. He refuses to eat any and all vegetables so I have to get creative incorporating them into his diet. This cake was a major success and he still doesnt know it has beets.
  • MS112615734
    2 FEB, 2014
    Fantastic cake, loved by young and old. We made two yesterday for after church coffee hour, and both went fast. We had two cups total of beet puree, so added half cup of applesauce for the two cakes. We added 5 minutes to time.
  • Lynette Welch
    30 JUL, 2013
    This is a very good cake, moist and chocolate flavor. I frosted it with cream cheese frosting colored with beet puree. Very pretty and it didn't last long.
  • TheCookingMama
    29 OCT, 2012
    Unfortunately, I could definitely taste the beets in this recipe. My daughter didn't mind it, but my husband (a beet hater) couldn't eat it. i much preferred another recipe I tried that called for half as many beets, where the beet flavor actually was imperceptible.
  • Lisanbrandon
    17 OCT, 2012
    Oops - ignore that previous post - I didn't read far enough into the recipe!
  • Lisanbrandon
    17 OCT, 2012
    Does anyone know exactly how much pureed beet this recipe calls for? "4 medium beets" is a pretty loose measurement....
  • MaryRoslyn
    6 FEB, 2012
    I made this last week and loved it. It isn't too sweet and has a nice rich flavor. It doesn't take too much to satisfy. I love that it has some veggies in it and it into fattening. A good "healthier" chocolate cake recipe. xo-

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