Beet Cake Recipe
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Beet Cake Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 211 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. 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.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chocolate mixture, beets and vanilla.
  3. Beat into creamed mixture (mixture will appear separated). Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  4. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 375° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near 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. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Beet Bundt Cake in Country August/September 1997, p51

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foodie123456789 249327
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"I added orange zest into it and it tasted great! Very moist and yummy. No one noticed the beets"

alfoa 219359
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"Surprisingly good, fluffy and moist. There is a faint beet taste, which I wasn't expecting. I was thinking it was more like desserts that use zucchini which adds moisture but not the vegetable flavor. It served it's purpose to get rid of extra beets I had."

crankyankee 45680
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"really good"

the4rascals 75982
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2012

"Great way to use extra beets! Delicious, moist cake, not too much beet flavor while eating, but there is a beet aftertaste."

skoeper 23210
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I'm curious if canned/jarred beets would work just as well??"

Sierramomma 48604
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"Even my kids happily eat beets when prepared this way! Very moist and delicious."

jsonnett2 19037
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"This cake exceeded all of my expectations. I am not a fan of beets, but we receive several from our co-op every week. I tried this cake and couldn't taste the beets in it. Even my husband, a chocoholic, loved it!"

His4life 43055
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"I'm curious as to why there are strawberries, not beets, in the picture? :)"

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