Chocolate Beet Cake with Beet-Vanilla Glaze
Having an overabundance of beets from my garden, I decided to try something a bit different. The end result was this chocolaty cake with a vibrant pink icing.
- baking spray with flour
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2teaspoons baking soda
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- ½teaspoon salt
- 4large eggs, separated, at room temperature
- 1cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1cup white sugar
- ½cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¼cup vegetable oil
- 1¼ cups pureed cooked beets
- 1tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- 1cup powdered sugar
- 2tablespoons heavy cream
- 2teaspoons pureed cooked beets
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1pinch salt
Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 cup Bundt pan with a baking spray containing flour.
Step 2Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
Step 3Separate eggs. Place egg whites into a bowl, and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Step 4Cream together brown sugar, white sugar, butter, and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg yolks and beat for another 3 minutes. Mix in beet puree and vanilla. Add in half of the sifted flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Pour in buttermilk and mix until just combined. Add in remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Step 5Add 1/3 of whipped egg whites to the cake batter, and gently fold to combine. Add in remaining egg whites, and gently fold just until no streaks of egg white remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan and gently smooth top into an even layer.
Step 6Bake in the preheated oven until top of cake springs back lightly when touched (or until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs), 50 to 55 minutes. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen. Invert cake onto a wire rack, and cool completely.
Step 7To make the glaze combine powdered sugar, heavy cream, beet puree, vanilla extract, and salt in a bowl. Whisk until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add more heavy cream; if glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.