This is an old family recipe. Don't tell your kids the secret ingredient, or they'll make oogy faces. This is a very moist rich cake with a lovely color, and the frosting is wonderful.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, mix 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 1/2 sugar, cocoa, baking powder and soda.

  • Whisk in buttermilk, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in shredded beets and pour batter into cake pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.

  • For the frosting: Combine milk and 5 tablespoons flour in a small saucepan, heat to a boil. Stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter and shortening. Cool resulting mixture to room temperature and beat for 10 to 12 minutes until light and fluffy. Spread on cooled cake. This frosting is also excellent on spice or applesauce cake.

Nutrition Facts

245.7 calories; 3.5 g protein; 32.9 g carbohydrates; 41.6 mg cholesterol; 149.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2005
This was a recipe I'd been trying to track down for awhile (so happy to find it) You MUST use raw beets or the cake turns into muck. Excellent cake very moist. Goes great with coffee. Served at a bridal shower and got rave reviews. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/14/2003
The cake is ok but diffently not my favorite chocolate cake! Did not like the frosting recipe at all... Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2005
This was a recipe I'd been trying to track down for awhile (so happy to find it) You MUST use raw beets or the cake turns into muck. Excellent cake very moist. Goes great with coffee. Served at a bridal shower and got rave reviews. Read More
(27)
Rating: 1 stars
12/14/2003
The cake is ok but diffently not my favorite chocolate cake! Did not like the frosting recipe at all... Read More
(20)
Rating: 1 stars
09/14/2003
Did not like this recipe at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2008
I found this cake to be very moist and tasty. My kids and husband all loved it. I have passed along this recipe to a few people and have good reviews as well. I used a cream cheese icing instead of this one though and it's good with or without icing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2004
Sadly I was dissapointed. The ingrediants did NOT flatter each other very well and moisture was lacked in this crummy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2008
Liked the cake but not the frosting. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/17/2005
Sadly I was dissapointed with this one.It sounded so promising and didn't turn out at all the way I hoped. Read More
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