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.



INGREDIENTS
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)
METHOD
  • 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

2 comments:

  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

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

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