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Chocolate Apple Beet Cake Recipe

Yes, That's Right I Said BEET Cake

I recently signed up for an organic produce delivery service right to my front door and this week my delivery included a bushel of beets and a bushel of apples. Since I am the only person in my house who will actually eat beets I headed straight for Pinterest and found a recipe for Apple Beet Cake. I knew if I adapted a little and added a wee bit of chocolate that I might actually accomplish having my family ingest an often discarded vegetable — BEETS.
Simply cover chopped and peeled beets and apples with water.
Simmer until soft, then drain and puree.
Stir together dry ingredients.
Beat butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs, vanilla, blended apples and beets and cocoa powder.
Slowly beat in dry ingredients.
Stir in chocolate chips (if using).
Pour batter into pan.
Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!

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
2 eggs
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!

PS: My kids loved this cake so much I sent it to school as their "treat" two days in a row.
PPS: Looking for more fall cooking and baking? Try my Slow Cooker Apple Crisp, my Apple Bites and my Mini Apple Pies. Don't forget to check out my Top Ten Tips For Apple Picking With Kids too!
Adapted from Today's Parent.