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Park City, UT, United States
Keeping busy with one thing or another.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chocolate Orange Beet Cake

Chocolate Orange Beet Cake....Sounds funny doesn't it?  But so does carrot cake and zucchini bread when you think about it.

I've been on a liquid diet for the last few days.  P. Fisher had his wisdom teeth taken out (finally) and I've been partaking in the soft foods.  Yesterday I made homemade vanilla pudding, Jell-o ice cream, and beer cheese soup.  Today I decided I was going to make something soft, but solid.  No more liquid or gelatinous textures for me.

A couple weeks ago, I saw Joy the Baker's chocolate beet cake.  I'm sure it was delicious.  But as I've mentioned before, I am incapable of following a recipe.  I don't love chocolate.  (I know that makes me a bit odd.)  But, I do like orange and chocolate together.  I love beets and orange together as well.  So orange chocolate beet cake it is.  And, our grocery store has started carrying golden beets which are a bit sweeter and even more delicious than the traditional red beets, so it all worked out so well.

Chocolate Orange Beet Cake
Adapted some from Joy the Baker.

2 medium beets roasted with a bit of olive oil in the oven for 1 hour.  After cool, peel and grate.

1 cup shredded beet for the cake
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
zest from one orange
Juice squeezed from one orange
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

1 stick butter, softened
8 ounces (1 brick) cream cheese, softened
4 powdered sugar
1/4 c. grated beets
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. orange juice
A little bit of milk if needed to get a thinner consistency
pinch of salt

Grease and flour two 9 inch round baking pans.  Preheat oven to 350.

Mix butter and both sugars.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add beets, orange zest, vanilla, and orange juice and beat on medium speed until fully mixed.

Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  On a low speed mix the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk until just mixed together.  Pour into two 9 inch round pans and bake 26-30 minutes.

For the frosting, mix all ingredients together until you get to that spreadable consistency.  Spread on your cake and enjoy!


  1. It is SO delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That looks like it turned out well!