Grandma's Chocolate Beet Cake

"This is super moist and I promise you that you won't feel like you're eating a vegetable! I've included Grandma's old fashioned boiled frosting, but buttercream frosting or a dusting of powdered sugar is also good."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
1 9x13 pan




  • Combine the dry ingredients then add remaining ingredients, mixing until smooth.
  • Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, until center is firm.
  • Cool then frost if desired.
  • To make frosting:

  • In a saucepan, mix the flour in a little of the milk till smooth, then add the remaining milk. Cook over a slow fire until thick, 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir briskly-this has a tendency to get lumpy!
  • Remove from heat, stir in the salt and cool thoroughly in the refrigerator. This needs to be very cold.
  • Beat in the butter until well creamed. Add the vanilla and almond extract and the powdered sugar. Beat with electric mixer until thick and creamy.

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  1. I needed to use my beets garden so thought I'd try this. I did not make the frosting and thought it was still good this way. Some people thought they could taste the beets after I told them what was in the cake but I could not. An Immersion blender was used to mash the beets. The only change I'd try will be to use applesauce for some of the oil. Made for *Zaar Cookbook Tag July 2009* game
  2. I've tried a couple of different beet cake recipes, and this is one of the better ones I've found. It's not quite true that you can't tell you're eating beets -- you can definitely taste them, but it's a muted taste, mixed in with chocolate. I always make cupcakes -- cook for about 20 - 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.


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