I am not a huge beet fan.
This week I asked a lady I work with whether she ate beets. She rattled off a few ways that she likes to cook them and proclaimed that she loved them. The only thing that kept circling through my tiny brain was “Ewwwwww….”
But this week-end beets and I have had a new beginning. A re-awakening! A moist, chocolatey, gloriously decadent new beginning. Are you with me??
I simply could not get over how amazing this cake tasted. I was pretty skeptical last night as I was boiling the beets in preparation for this morning. I mean, how can a cake that tastes this awesome be chalk full of antioxidants and nutrients? And, not even a hint that there are beets in here. Just a deep chocolatey, moist, earthy cake. If I didn’t have beet stained fingertips, no one would believe me.
A simple ganache and some sugared cranberries is all that is needed for garnish. Even a slight dusting of powdered sugar would do. It’s so elegant and so simple. Very impressive. I’m not kidding. Put beets on your grocery list. You will not be disappointed!
I think my husband did a wonderful job on these photos. I stood there watching with my finger in the ganache bowl. Afterwards, we shared this piece. We’re a good team. A good food blogging, photo taking, cake eating team.
Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake
*recipe adapted from Always Order Dessert
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
3/4 cup + 1/4 cup butter, softened and divided
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup quality Belgian semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups beet puree (about 6-7 small-medium beets roasted, peeled, and processed until smooth)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
For the ganache:
1 cup quality Belgian bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
Grease and flour your bundt pan.
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and sift until evenly distributed. Set aside.
2. Cream 3/4 cup butter and the sugar in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time and beat until well incorporated.
3. Combine the chocolate with the remaining butter and microwave 20 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until melted. Stir in espresso powder and set aside.
4. Add the vanilla extract to the eggs, followed by the chocolate, and the beet puree and mix until well combined.
5. Add the flour mixture to the beet mixture and mix just until completely and evenly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake at 375 degrees F for about 50 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before inverting on a wire rack.
6. While the cake is cooling, make the ganache by combining the chocolate and butter in a medium bowl. Heat the cream through gently just until it starts to bubble and pour over the chocolate. Stir slowly until the chocolate melts and the ganache becomes smooth and glossy.
7. Pour the ganache over the cooled cake and let set 15-20 minutes before serving.
Garnish with sugared cranberries.
Note: If you taste the cake while warm you will taste the beets. Strange, I know, but if you wait until the cake is completely cool, you will taste nothing but rich chocolate!