Now Ur Mom has tried to like beets… When they first showed up in the veggie box at the farm, she gasp! traded them out for something else…
But eventually she warmed up to the idea of fresh beets, because that’s the way she is, and she resolutely moved forward cooking them, pickling them, and roasting them, until one day she finally hit on the best way ever to eat beets – make them into a cake!!!
There are those who love beets…check this out – a whole blog named after beets, Modern Beet, but for most of us the beet remains an odd earthy crimson root that will only fulfill its destiny covered in CHOCOLATE! And yummy it becomes, adding moistness and denseness to chocolate cake best described in Ur Mom’s final words – “Oh, I’ll serve you those beets…”
1 cup cooked beet puree
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups unbleached white flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
First, subdue the beets. Set the oven to 375 degrees.
Starting with 3 small to medium beets, chops off the leaves and scrub them thoroughly. Wrap each beet individually in foil and place in the oven on a flat roasting sheet. They will probably leak a little red juice, so better safe than sorry… Roast them until a sharp knife pierces them easily, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool.
Once they are cool enough to handle – after 20 minutes or so – pick them up and use your hands or a small sharp knife to rub the skins off.
Cut them into wedges and move into a food processor or blender. They are not looking so scary now…
Puree them into complete oblivion and set aside.
Set the oven to 350 degrees, and oil a 9 inch round pan.
In a large bowl beat the 3 eggs well.
Add sugar, oil, vanilla, salt and beet puree.
Whisk until smooth.
In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa and soda.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time, whisking until smooth.
Pour into prepared pan. No sign of beets…
Bake 35-40 minutes until knife comes out clean. Cool in pan.
Cover in more sugar just for good measure…
No need to make a big deal out of aforementioned root vegetable while u eat ur cake. Ur Mom never does…
Mission beet accomplished.
Adapted from Mariquita Farms, who borrowed from Mollie Katzen.