The Beet Goes On

Beet Cake

In a desperate attempt to use up beets from my CSA, I decided to try baking with them. I was a bit apprehensive after Dara didn’t have great success with beet brownies… I wondered if perhaps it really was just not possible to incorporate a root vegetable into a dessert.

I decided to take a different route and started looking at cake recipes. There was one that sounded interesting, plus I had all of the ingredients! Bonus! The recipe is here. The only thing I did different was I added nutmeg instead of allspice (which I did not have).

I’m not going to lie. I was nervous. I had memories of my Babci G.’s borcht. I began to doubt that this cake would turn out well. After all, I am not a fan of the beet. I dislike their earthy flavor. Face it — they taste like dirt. But luckily I was wrong about the recipe. It came out moist and delicious! Somehow I don’t taste the beets at all in this recipe. It taste more like a spice cake or a carrot cake (just as someone had commented on the recipe’s page). I frosted it with cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut. I also sprinkled some walnuts on top.

Cake is a worthy use of beets.


  1. Dara says:

    Looks divine. I love carrot cake, and bet I would love your beet version. I didn’t hate the beet brownies but since I like them roasted, would prefer them that way!

  2. Mike says:

    wow .. that second picture looks nasty .. but the cake looks good!! You got me thinking .. beet beer … Oh Beet Wheat!! The new fad!

  3. Lisanne says:

    That cake batter seriously looks like red relvet cake! hehe 🙂 I’m surprised that the cake itself didn’t turn out really red, too. Glad you enjoyed it!

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