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Red Velvet Cake

the veggie nook

Remember my chocolate mint brownies ?

I can’t stop thinking about them. A) because they were good, and B) because the spinach frosting made me feel so clever.

I like dessert. I like vegetables. I like vegetables in my dessert. (Although I don’t think I like dessert in my vegetables…)

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Long ago, for my wedding, my mom was certain that I needed red velvet cake at the reception. No one knows why this was so important to her, including her.

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Do you know what makes red velvet cake “red”?

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Food coloring.

Now, I’m no fanatic. My kids get all the immunizations their pediatrician recommends and they’ve been known to ingest high fructose corn syrup. But I don’t need them eating food coloring.

And Red Velvet Beet Cake was born.

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The finished product was delightful. A crusty exterior with a soft, burgundy interior.

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A sprinkle of powdered sugar…

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Look at that crumb!

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This cake can’t be “beet”!

Sorry, I had to do it…

Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups puréed, cooked beets
1/3 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup melted dark chocolate chips
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine beet purée, oil, sugar, vanilla. Once mixed thoroughly, add melted chocolate.

In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Add flour mixture to beet mixture. Stir until just combined. Pour into greased bundt pan. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes. Invert onto cake plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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5 responses »

  1. This is soooo bizarre! My friend and I were talking about red velvet cake last night and she couldn’t believe that it was just food colouring!!!! I like your version much better!

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  2. fehaff@comcast.net

    Ooh… I’m trying this one! We love beets! 🙂 Fae

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  3. Wow what a lovely colour! Thank you for sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays. Check back on Friday to see if you were one of the Top 3! We hope to see you again this week. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:
    http://www.greenthickies.com/healthy-vegan-friday

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