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Beet Cake

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chocolate mixture, beets and vanilla.
  • Beat into creamed mixture (mixture will appear separated). Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 375° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 211 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Lucy
    Sep 3, 2020

    This is a great moist chocolate cake. I roasted the fresh beets after peeling and cutting them into eighths and adding evoo to them for about 45 minutes. You could not detect a beet flavor to the cake. I added about a cup of choc chips to the recipe and will add walnuts the next time I make it. My husband wants them made into cupcakes so I can pipe in cream cheese icing when they have cooled. Already have neighbors enjoying the cake too!

  • Rochelle
    May 6, 2020

    This cake was amazing. Four kids devoured it and only I knew my secret of its special ingredient. ?? I added a half cup of sweetened coconut!

  • foodie123456789
    Jun 11, 2016

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

  • alfoa
    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
    Sep 21, 2013

    really good

  • the4rascals
    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
    Feb 23, 2012

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

  • Sierramomma
    Aug 11, 2011

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

  • sherylee63
    Aug 7, 2010

    No comment left

  • jsonnett2
    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!