Red Velvet Cake with Beets


After reading about the history of the popular red velvet cake, I wanted to try the version with beets. It has a beautiful color and tastes divine with or without frosting. This recipe makes one sheet cake, a 2-layer cake, cupcakes, or even cake pops.

close up view of Red Velvet cupcakes in cupcake liners, some garnished with white cream and sprinkles
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup pureed cooked beets

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch cake pan with parchment paper.

  2. Sift flour and baking powder together in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk sugar, buttermilk, beets, oil, eggs, cocoa powder, red food coloring, vanilla extract, vinegar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add flour mixture gradually to the bowl, stirring after each addition just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan. Tap pan firmly to settle the batter and remove large bubbles.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Where I live I use "gasificante", which is 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon malic and tartaric acid instead of using baking powder.

Avoid over-mixing the cake batter in step 3 as much as possible.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
13g Fat
63g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 510mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 160mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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