Julie, who blogs at Julie Lou, commented last week on my failed attempt at a chocolate beet cake, including a link to a recipe she has used with success.
So, with a Ziplock bag of fresh beets in the fridge, I gave it a try. This recipe called for raw, grated beets. Here are the little ruby gems, peeled and quartered and ready for a spin in the food processor.
I had to change the recipe somewhat to make it gluten free. Next, I consulted Google to find out what an oven temp of 160 C. translated to in Fahrenheit (about 325 degrees), and how much was 300 grams of grated beets. After getting conflicting information on the last query, I just went with a cup and a half.
|Ready to go in the oven - the batter is sort of pink.|
|After baking - it looks like chocolate cake!|
One moment please...I want him to finish the whole piece.
"It's a really good cake."
"Why, does it have beets in it?"
Yes. Yes, it does. (He seems unfazed by this admission.)
Now, I bet the only reason he asked that is because I've had the new beet cake recipe printed out and sitting next to the computer for a few days and he probably noticed it. I made sure I did all the dishes and cleaned the kitchen of any other evidence before he got home.
"Well, you can't taste them. Maybe it's a little sweeter," he added.
I'm calling that a success.
Dad, if you're reading this, I will save you some cake. Thanks for sharing your garden bounty. And thanks again to Julie, who enjoys baking and quilting and gardening, among other things. Her beautiful blog is drool worthy on many levels.
Below is my gluten-free version of the recipe linked above. I made other modifications as well, and I want to remember what I did. I'll be making this again!
Chocolate Beet Cake (gluten-free)
1/2 c. melted coconut oil (I used part ghee, about 1/4 c.)
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2/3 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 c. beets, peeled and finely grated
1/3 c. white rice flour
1/3 c. sorghum flour
1/3 c. almond meal flour
1/4 c. tapioca starch flour
3/4 t. xanthan gum
1/4 c. cocoa
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1-1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. ground walnuts
Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9 x 9 square baking pan.
In a small bowl, mix together white rice flour, sorghum flour, almond meal, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
In a mixing bowl, beat together oil, sugar, applesauce, and eggs. Stir in grated beets and flour mixture, and mix until well combined.
Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and ground walnuts. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean but moist. Cool before cutting.