Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Beet Cake!

It occurred to me the other day that if carrot cake is such a shining star on the dessert table, why not go for a beet cake?  Beets tend to be sweeter and they're just so dang purdy.  Sexy red cake without the dye?  I found a basic carrot cake recipe on Steph Davis's site and made some substitutions; beets for carrots, craisins for raisins, and alterations in the applesauce to maple syrup ratio.  Turns out you can make a sweet and delicious cake with only a half a cup of maple syrup as the sweetener and no sugar.  The result of this experimentation was a smashing success - a beautiful, moist, delicious, processed sugar free and vegan birthday cake for my decidedly UN-vegan friend, Mike.  Mike who used to think he didn't like vegetables but made my day when he went back for his THIRD serving of this birthday cake.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 T baking powder
4 T soy milk powder
1/4 t salt
1.5 t cinnamon
1.5 t powdered ginger
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 T flax seed meal + 6 T hot water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (homemade is best!)
2 cups shredded beets
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 T coconut oil (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 375 and lightly oil your cake pan
  • Place the 2 T of flax seed meal in a small bowl with the hot water and coconut oil (if using) and set aside.  It will thicken up - this stands in for eggs (no cholesterol! high in omega 3, high in B vitamins, high in fiber,  hurrah!)
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Mix the wet ingredients together in a smaller bowl, including the beets.  You can either grate the beets or whizz them around in a food processor.
  • Add the flax, oil, water mixture to the wet ingredients
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and spoon into your prepared baking pan
  • Bake at 375 until done - about 30 to 40 minutes
Mike with his two beautiful girls, sharing burritos and Minestrone at our house on Christmas Eve


  1. Got excited ... thought this was beer cake but beet cake is nearly as good!

    I made the minestone soup by the way - delicious!! I added orzo as I had no quinoa - very loverly

  2. Hmmm beer cake, not a bad idea :) Glad you enjoyed the Minestrone and thanks for the comments!