Chocolate Beet Cake (Chocolate.. there’s someone I’d like you to meet…)

Posted on 03/03/11 3 Comments

“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.

Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.

The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…

The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.

The beet was Rasputin’s favorite vegetable. You could see it in his eyes.”
— Tom Robbins ‘Jitterbug Perfume’

My adorable Sister in Law once brought a beautiful Chocolate Beet Cake over for Dessert… it was unforgettable!

-Chocolate Beet Cake-

1 large beet, cooked, peeled and pureed.

Add apple sauce to bring puree up to 2 cups

Add:  2 tbsp. water (use from the beet cooking water)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Combine dry ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 oat flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup ground flax

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Combine wet and dry ingredients. Pour into a greased 9 x13 inch pan. Bake at 325 F for 35-55 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean! Allow to cool completely before cutting.






  1. VERNA says:
    Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 8:00pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! – please edit the # of cups of beet puree/applesauce measurement.


    • admin says:
      Monday, March 7, 2011 at 3:32am

      Hi Verna! I see that’s not very clear at all, and I’ll edit it immediately.
      I hope this helps! Thanks so much for the edit!



  2. Tricia says:
    Monday, March 7, 2011 at 1:01am

    Hi Amber I am going to try this recipe when I get home from work on Tues. I have heard lovely things about beet cake and am very excited! Please clarify – do you mean add enough apple sauce to the beet to make 2 cups? Thanks! Great site – keep up the good work!


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