Beets in a cake? Who knew you could make a delicious cake out of this often hated vegetable. I visited the Oak Park, Illinois Farmers Market today and came home with a bunch of beets and this wonderful recipe from Nelson’s Farmstand.
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/8 cups apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour blend (use one that contains xanthan gum or add 1 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups cooked, mashed dark-colored beets
1/3 cups chopped nuts, optional
1/3 cups chocolate chips, optional
In a bowl, combine cocoa, apple sauce and vanilla, and mix well. In another bowl combine flour (xanthan gum if adding), sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix well and add to cocoa mixture. Blend in eggs and beets. Beat two minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in chopped nuts and chocolate chips, if desired.
Pour in a 9×13 greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until baked through.
Allow to cool. Serve with cool whip, whipped cream or ice cream.