Having an overabundance of beets from my garden, I decided to try something a bit different. The end result was this chocolaty cake with a vibrant pink icing.


Credit: Kim

Recipe Summary

30 mins
55 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 25 mins


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 cup Bundt pan with a baking spray containing flour.

  • Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.

  • Separate eggs. Place egg whites into a bowl, and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

  • Cream together brown sugar, white sugar, butter, and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg yolks and beat for another 3 minutes. Mix in beet puree and vanilla. Add in half of the sifted flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Pour in buttermilk and mix until just combined. Add in remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  • Add 1/3 of whipped egg whites to the cake batter, and gently fold to combine. Add in remaining egg whites, and gently fold just until no streaks of egg white remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan and gently smooth top into an even layer.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top of cake springs back lightly when touched (or until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs), 50 to 55 minutes. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen. Invert cake onto a wire rack, and cool completely.

  • To make the glaze combine powdered sugar, heavy cream, beet puree, vanilla extract, and salt in a bowl. Whisk until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add more heavy cream; if glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

Cook's Notes:

I used 8 small to medium sized beets to get the 1 1/4 cups plus 2 teaspoons of beet puree needed for this recipe. To prep the beets, I removed roots and stems, then scrubbed them clean. I put them into my pressure cooker with enough water to cover, put the lid on, placed the pot over medium-high heat, and allowed it to come to pressure. Once up to pressure, I shut the heat off, let the pressure release naturally, and then allowed the beets to cool completely. Once cool, the skins will slide right off, and you can quarter the beets before adding to a food processor to puree until smooth. If the beets are on the larger side, they may need to cook a few minutes at pressure (5-10 minutes) before shutting the heat off to ensure they will be soft and properly cooked through.

On the other hand, you can used canned beets instead of fresh--just be sure to drain them really well before pureeing; and do NOT use pickled beets!

Nutrition Facts

518 calories; fat 22.5g; cholesterol 86.6mg; sodium 414.8mg; carbohydrates 79g; protein 7.4g. Full Nutrition