*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.
Note for chefs like me who must cook for beet haters: If your picky eaters know there are beets in the cake and eat the plain cake they will be able to taste the beets. However if they don't know there are beets in the recipe and with the frosting they will not be able to tell. The texture of the cake is lovely. I didn't have powdered sugar so didn't make the frosting and instead had my eaters frost their own cupcakes with the store bought cream cheese frosting.
I have baked chocolate beet cakes for years. People think it might be zuchinni but are not sure. This cake freezes beautifully and you have to let the cake rest so all the flavours can blend. I have served it for years and when the cake is gone I tell my guests there were beets in it -= to their amazement
Was looking for a way to use the beets in my garden and this sounded like a good way to sneak it past my anti-beet husband and son. They both liked the cupcakes but others thought they were so-so (nobody knew about the beets). Frosting was runny even after adding and extra cup of powdered sugar; would use a regular cream cheese frosting recipe next time.
This was great! This has quickly turned into a family favorite and my daughter thinks now the only thing beets are good for is this cake! With our CSA we get beets so I had to find something to do with them and hubby could not guess what "surprise" I had in the cake. Even after I told him he couldn't taste it... he just thought I made chocolate cake! The frosting turned out fine but the cake broke up in the frosting when I spread it on. I frosted it a day later so maybe that's why but it tasted all the same.
What could I replace the cocoa with? Any suggestion? I used 100% pure cocoa unsweetened (Van Houten) and everybody loved the cake that's not the problem. The problem is that cocoa makes it resemble a chocolate cake -while it is not- and I cannot help but compare the taste. So I thought: if I find what to replace the cocoa with I'll be fine. Otherwise it's very moist and digestible.
Sounded like a great idea. I have to admit I never frosted the cake. That probably would have made it a bit more tasty but I don't think cake should need frosting to be edible. Will stick to eating beets as beets.
This was delicious! No one even noticed the beets. I actually turned them into cupcakes for my kids and their friends and everyone loved them. I used hard white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and the cupcakes still turned out wonderfully moist and flavorful.
Review this recipe
Success!Thanks for adding your feedback.
Congrats! You saved Beet Surprise Cake to your Favorites