Chocolate Espresso Cake

This cake has a secret... want to know what it is?? and it's not that is was cooked in some new crazy cooking method using dutch ovens.


That's right... beets!! I asked John if he liked beets, he informed me if I made any he wouldn't be eating them... well I'll show him!


Grating up beats allows you to sneak them into all types of innocuous things... like CAKE!


The only issue is when said husband comes downstairs while you are in process of baking and he sees said bowl of grated beets.

"Are those beets... and are you putting them in a CAKE?!?"
"Nah those aren't beets"
"What are they then"
"I aint telling"
"They ARE beets!! You lied to me!!! What now that we're married you lie to me"
"It's for your own good, now go back to your man cave and let me bake"
"Well I aint eating it!"

The cake came out beautiful and I happily dug into it with a scoop of ice cream on the side.
"mmmmmm this is sooo good!! too bad you don't want any since there are beets in it... more for me!"
"Well... maybe I could have a little slice"
"Nope you don't eat beets, sorry."

Needless to say I caved and let him have a slice... and he loved it... stinker :D

I found this while randomly browsing in the library... best way to find new things if you ask me!

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake (my changes in red)
Recipe from Cook Yourself Thin

Serves 10
Calories per serving: 222

For the cake
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour ( I used 1 cup APF + 1/2 cup whole wheat flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
1/4 cup finely ground almonds
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces beets, peeled and finely grated
4 ounces low-fat buttermilk (I used fat free milk plus a squeeze of lemon)
2 tablespoons strong black coffee (I used instant espresso)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar

For the icing
1/2 cup dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons strong black coffee (I used instant espresso)
2 tablespoons honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Lightly spray an 8-inch springform baking pan with cooking spray.

3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, ground almonds, salt and baking soda, and set aside.

4. Using a standing or handheld mixer set at medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar for 4 full minutes until pale and fluffy. On low speed, beat in the grated beets, followed by dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk and coffee, and beat until the batter is smooth.

5. Pour into the pan and place in the middle of a hot oven and bake for 30 minutes. (Mine took 40 for some reason) Test with a toothpick inserted for doneness; it should come out clean. Bake for an additional 5 minutes if needed.

6. Cool for 10 minutes or so in the pan and unmold onto cooling rack. Cool on a wire rack until cold. 7. To make the icing, prepare a double boiler.

8. Combine all the ingredients and gently stir until the chocolate is smooth. Stir occasionally until the mixture thickens.

9. With the cake still on the wire rack, pour the icing liberally over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides. Transfer onto a plate or cake stand for serving.


Chow!!!!

23 chews:

Jeanne said...

Beet cakes are good! I made one with a creamcheese frosting once that was sublime. And I too don't like beets in their natural form.

Ty'sMommy said...

LOL That is hysterical!!! I'm going to have to remember to try that on my husband, too. He has caught me in the act of sneaking an ingredient in on him more than once.
I personally am not a fan of beets, but I like them in other things, like this cake! Nicely done!

Anonymous said...

That looks good! Do you think you could give the source for the recipe, or even post it?

Mags said...

Don't tease us! Give us the recipe!

stephchows said...

So I was totally going to type the recipe in last night... and FORGOT to do it!!! I was too preoccupied sewing a cute dress! hahahaha I'll do it now :D check back in a bit and it will be updated! Sorry for the tease!!!

brandi said...

love it :) I've NEVER had beets, in cake or otherwise! this would be a good way to try them :)

Lisa said...

What a great way to incorporate vegetables into a dessert. I guess you could say this is a "healthy" cake and hence less guilt in eating it.

Megan said...

Your post cracks me up. I would get in so much trouble if I tried to sneak beets into a cake. My boyfriend will only eat corn ON the cob, so once I made a corn pesto... came out like regular pesto but creamier, and I just said it was a creamy pesto (not a lie). He tried it but didn't like it. My sneakiness was all for naught.

Most people don't know that red velvet cake came about because of beets being in it adding that red color.

Brilliant and even more brilliant use of beets! I'll bet they keep the cake nice and moist. Save me a slice!!

Evan @swEEts said...

This sounds awesome! I love sneaking stuff in that you wouldn't expect! I love Seinfeld's wife's book Deceptively Delicoius- she does the same kind of stuff!

My hubby and I would be having the same conversation- he detests beets and I love them. I think the cake looks amazing!

Totally support beets in cakes! It works!

Rachel said...

ooooh I love beets. I've never baked with them but I've wanted to try it. It's too bad grating them is such a messy process!

stephchows said...

such a fun fact about red velvet cake!! now all they are is a ton of food coloring :( sad

you should totally all give this a try :) grating beets is annoying but I just don't peel the skin off the end so I have something to hold onto that doesn't leave my hands red :D

I'm going to make this tonight Steph! I looove beets and using them in baked goods also. I think I'm going to make it with a cream cheese frosting instead though to be a bit experimental ;-) Congrats on your wedding!

Reeni said...

That's so funny! I once used beets in a smoothie - it was pretty - but I couldn't get past the beet smell. I've seen tomatoes in cakes too. This looks really decadent!

That's such a cute story! I probably would've said the same thing about the beets though, I am not a fan of them. But chocolate cake? Oh ya!

I actually think the chocolate brownies I made with beets were the best I've ever had! They go so well together :-)

Valerie said...

I love that now I have something else I can do with the giant pile of beets in my fridge!

I actually think the chocolate brownies I made with beets were the best I've ever had! They go so well together :-)

Reeni said...

That's so funny! I once used beets in a smoothie - it was pretty - but I couldn't get past the beet smell. I've seen tomatoes in cakes too. This looks really decadent!

Evan @swEEts said...

This sounds awesome! I love sneaking stuff in that you wouldn't expect! I love Seinfeld's wife's book Deceptively Delicoius- she does the same kind of stuff!

Bee said...

Oh. my. goodness. You are correct, I would DEVOUR this.

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