2 apples, peeled and chopped
2 beets, peeled and chopped
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)
In pot, place peeled and chopped beets and apples and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer until soft. If using fresh beets (like I did) this will take approx. 30-45 minutes. If using canned beets, this will take approx. 15 minutes.
Drain and puree using blender, food processor or hand held blender. Set aside until cool.
In bowl, gently stir flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined (I just use a fork).
Beat in eggs, apple and beets puree, vanilla, and cocoa powder.
Slowly beat in dry ingredients until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips (if using).
Pour batter into 8x8-inch square pan lined with parchment paper and bake in pre-heated 350F oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool cake in pan on cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes.
Carefully remove cake from pan, peel off parchment and continue to cool on rack.
When cake is completely cool, sprinkle with desired amount of icing sugar and enjoy!