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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.



Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

386 calories; protein 6.4g; carbohydrates 62.5g; fat 12.8g; cholesterol 38.2mg; sodium 509.8mg. Full Nutrition