Chocolate Beet Cake

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on June 29, 2015

Today is a wonderful magical day! Not only do I get to share a new recipe that our family adores, but we can all celebrate a very special lady!


Chocolate Beet Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

Today is a wonderful magical day! Not only do I get to share a new recipe that our family adores, but we can all celebrate a very special lady!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Beet Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 8 oz beets unpeeled, rinsed and scrubbed free of dirt
  • 1 c superfine sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. McCormick® Extra Rich Vanilla
  • 5 large eggs separated, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder the darkest you can find, natural or Dutch-process
  • 1 c flour
  • 7 oz butter at room temperature, cubed
  • 1/4 c hot water
  • 7 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Prepare a springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Boil the beets in salted water until they’re very tender (when you stick a knife in them it should just slide right in) or about 45 minutes. Drain then rinse the beets with cold water. When cool enough to handle, slip off the peels.

  3. Roughly chop the beets and then put them in a food processor until you get a coarse purée. (If you don’t have a food processor, use a cheese grater.)

  4. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  5. In a double broiler on the stove, melt the chocolate, stirring as little as possible. Once it’s nearly all melted, turn off the heat (but leave the bowl over the warm water), pour in the hot water and stir it once.

  6. Then add the butter and gently stir a few times.
  7. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  8. Remove the bowl of chocolate from the heat and stir until the butter is completely melted. Let sit for a few minutes to cool.

  9. Stir the egg yolks together and briskly stir them into the melted chocolate mixture.
  10. Add in the vanilla and fold in the beets.

  11. In a stand mixer whip the egg whites until stiff. (about 3 minutes)

  12. Remove bowl from mixer and gradually fold the sugar into the whipped egg whites with a spatula.

  13. Once incorporated, fold the egg whites into the melted chocolate mixture, being careful not to overmix.

  14. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder.

  15. Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan and REDUCE THE HEAT of the oven to 325ºF and bake the cake for 40 minutes, or until the sides are just set but the center is still is just a bit wobbly. Do not overbake.

  16. Let cake cool completely, then remove it from the pan.

  17. Sift powdered sugar evenly over the cake for serving.



Homemade Chocolate Beet Cake!

Catherine is the amazing woman and talent behind the weelicious blog. She is that awesome mom who creates healthy and FUN meals for her kids and who is seen all over national television and the Food Network.

I was lucky enough to meet Catherine in Miami last year and was completely charmed by her humble spirit and generous smile. She really is so kind and sweet. I had a bit of a girl crush!

Homemade Chocolate Beet Cake!

Today some friends and I are getting together to celebrate her and her newest addition! Catherine is pregnant and this is her Virtual Baby Shower!


In honor of Catherine’s clean and healthy eating, I decided to make her (you) a cake that is a bit healthier than more of the recipes you see here.

It is a chocolate cake with beets in it. Now, if you are anything like me, that may have scared you just a little. But rest assured… it should not! This cake is delicious and people seriously do not even know they are benefiting from the healthiness of the beets all while enjoying a beautifully delicious cake!

Recipe just barely adapted from popsugar who adapted from David Lebovitz who adapted from Nigel Slater.

Homemade Chocolate Beet Cake!

Truth be told, I did overcook my cake slightly! Do not be like me. I forgot to turn my oven down to 325°!! With all of that glorious beet and the fact that it is such a great recipe, the cake was still amazing. But don’t you make the same mistake I did!


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  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    Yum! I’ve never tried baking with beets, but it looks delicious!

  • Meg @ Beard and Bonnet says:

    This cake is perfection! Pinned 🙂

  • Kate says:

    Oh me oh my this cake is gorgeous! It looks so delicate and fluffy, most beet cakes I’ve made are so dense…I’m giving this one a go!

    • Amanda says:

      I know, right? It’s the process with the eggs that makes it lighter I think! 🙂

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    I am not scared at all. We put carrots and zucchini in cake all the time, so why not beets! Sounds delicious!

  • Monica says:

    This is lovely! You have totally convinced me not to be afraid of chocolate beet cake but to embrace it wholeheartedly. Congrats to Catherine.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Such an exciting time! I’ll definitely have to get adventurous and try this — looks amazing!

  • Kelly says:

    Yay, congrats to Catherine! Love that you hid beets in here! It looks perfect!

  • Catherine says:

    Dear Amanda, what a gorgeous chocolate cake. I love that you added beets to this…my daughter made me red velvet beet cupcakes once so I know how good beets are in cake! Pinning for later. xo, Catherine

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    If you are bringing cake to a party, I need to be there!

  • Catherine McCord says:

    I love that you know me well enough to toss a few beets in your GORGEOUS cake! SWOON!! I’m truly honored that you created this for me and baby. Now we just need to get our gaggle of kids together, a few cups of tea, this cake and a bunch of hours to chat and play! xo Catherine

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    I’m super intrigued by this recipe! I want to make it soon 🙂

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    Oh YES! This cake looks absolutely perfect. What better way to celebrate one of the kindest souls on the planet? Love it!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I love beets and I love chocolate- this hits A+++ on all counts!! And happy new baby to Catherine!

  • Maggie says:

    I am going to make this cake def at weekend, for def!! But please, sorry to be dim, but I an from UK, and I really need to know if I want this cake to be successful, and IT MUST BE !!! (so no pressure ….!!) umm where was I ?? Oh yes, please could someone very kind tell me how many ounces a cup of flour is, and a cup of superfine sugar, and also what size spring form tin, I have several different sizes!!! Many thanks in anticipation… I love this site by the way!!#

  • Nina Gatlin says:

    Thank you! The cakes look heavenly!!

    • Nina Gatlin says:

      The beet cake looks unusual, but very good!

  • Deanna says:

    I made this cake for Christmas and it was a huge hit. I actually found the recipe a couple of months ago and saved it. My siblings and I all like beets, and had them at a family BBQ, straight from the farmers market, last summer. The in-laws and teens/young adults all turned their noses up at our beets. So when I found this recipe I gave a little evil chuckle and made my plan. The cake is dense and so very moist! Not overly sweet. Everyone was surprised when I disclosed the surprise ingredient. This recipe is a keeper and I’ll be making again for sure!

  • JoyceK says:

    What is the recipe for the cake shown on this post at the end; looks like banana, with custard filling, and banana slices and whipped cream on top??

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.