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Extreme Makeover: Beet Edition

This was so, so good!

Freedom Hall Chocolate Beet Cake

For the cake:
3 pounds beets
3 1/2 C all-purpose flour
4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 t ground cloves
1/4 t ground cinnamon
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 large eggs
2 1/2 C granulated sugar
1/4 C packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 C vegetable oil
1 1/2 t pure vanilla extract

For the glaze:
6 ounces semi-sweet or good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 T unsalted butter
1 T light corn syrup
3/4 C heavy cream
pinch of salt
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t pure vanilla extract

1. For the cake, wash and trim beets to within an inch of beet. Boil 'em until they're soft, about an hour. Let 'em cool, then rub off the peels. Cut peeled beets into large chunks, then food process them until they're smooth; about 5 minutes. Set aside 4 cups of beet puree.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt cloves and cinnamon.

3. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Let it cool.

4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack on the bottom third.

5. With an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat eggs and granulated sugar on a medium-low speed until combined. Beat in brown sugar until combined. Beat in vegetable oil. On low speed, beat in beet puree. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with melted chocolate. Then add the vanilla, beating until combined.

6. Pour batter into a 12-cup tube pan that has been non-stick sprayed.

7. Bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour 35 minutes. Let it cool on a rack, then invert onto a plate and remove cake. Cake will keep for 2-3 days at room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap.

8. When ready to serve, make the glaze: Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Add the butter, corn syrup and cream; stir until smooth. Stir in the salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour glaze over cake; use a spatula if necessary to push glaze over sides of cake. Serve at room temperature.

(tube pan-shaped chocolate cake slathered with chocolate icing on a white plate)

(me, poised to carve a big chocolate cake, next to J and The Beetle)

(slice of cake on plate with frosting-y fork alongside)


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Apr. 13th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not even remotely certain how I feel about this. On one hand ... beets. Resting smoothly and sweetly on the other hand ... chocolate.

Oh wait! Ambivalent. That's how I feel about this.
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
You can't taste the beets at all. Shocking!
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
so it's kinda like chocolate zuchini bread....you don't taste the veggies at all. Still not sure I'll make it, simply because that's a butt-load of work for something you don't taste! *lol*

On the other hand, I might have to test it and see if it would make the cut for offer-able cakes...hrmmm...
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
It was much loved by all. And besides the beet boiling, it was very easy.
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
The rational part of my brain says, "Sure. Why not? There's carrot cake and beets are sweet too, so it could be tasty with chocolate."
But, I dunno. There's another part that's thinking, "Is this another trick, like trying to convince people carob is just like chocolate? Nononono."
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Carrots are much more present in their cake. You'd never know there was anything unusual going on here.
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Apr. 18th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
I don't know, J and B are looking mighty doubtful about those beets, too.
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
this looks awesome and I think I may have to try it. incidentally, I love pics of your daughter and you, you guys always make me smile!
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
:) Definitely make it!
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Apr. 13th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
No, it's more like a cake with a skeleton in its closet that you'd never suspect.
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Apr. 14th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
It's "no freak" beets.
Apr. 14th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm salivating.

Over beets? Amazing.
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
I hate beets but love chocolate beet cake (had to figure out something to do with the ones from the CSA)!

You look great! Cute pic of you and the kids. :)
Apr. 14th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
I should have known you'd be an early adopter.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
That cake looks absolutely delicious, but peeling three pounds of beets sounds like an awful lot of work just to moisten a cake! I wonder if it's worth the additional effort than just to throw in a box of pudding mix or something. (This, of course, is the voice of One Who Hates To Cook, so don't mind me.)

That is a darling picture of your family. :)

Apr. 14th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
You boil them first, so the peels just slip off. I'm not a peeling enthusiast, either.
Apr. 15th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
That is. AWESOME. Dwight Schrute would be proud.

Any chance I can have a full-pixel version of the pic of the three of you? For display in my home?

BIG LOVE and see you ... Friday!! Our flight gets in at 6, so we will arrive after the predictable get-car, get-suitcases (JD *never* carries his luggage on :), drive-to-the-West interval. And we'll be in touch by phone. Can't wait to see you.
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)

We can't wait to see you both! And you can look through my pix to see what you want me to email to you.
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
ooo, 'sciting!

JD keeps saying he is looking forward to seeing you. Given the general misanthropy of my baby, that's a high compliment. :)

We will be in cell-phone touch as we approach you. Also, did I mention that we probably will have eaten? We probably will have eaten. Although if there is any beet cake left, I totally want to try it!
Apr. 17th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Rats...the cake is gone. But I have some bunny shaped rolls in the freezer. They are beet-free, however.
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Awesome! But I bet the red still makes an appearance later...if you know what I mean. Hopefully you warned people.
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
It didn't! As a matter of fact, we just finished it off today, and even after days of eating it, no gastrointestinal evidence was to be seen. :)
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Completely crazy. But it makes me think of my friend from the Ukraine. She has a story about an old lady offering her a sweet when she was a child and giving her a piece of dried beet. I never really got the beet and sugar thing. I mean, I know there;s lots of sugr in beets, but it never seems like it to me...
Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
and the beet goes on.....
oh how I love the beet - I eat em all the time.

but this made of beety win :D
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