Beetroot Cake

by Anna on August 31, 2009

in Breakfast,Dessert,Vegetarian


This weekend we went to see “Vogue the September issue” at Sunshine cinema. We got there a bit early bought a bar of chocolate each and where sitting there waiting taping our phones checking for emails, tweets, etc… as we watched the crowd coming and trying to find seats. It was a fashionable crowd, we where probably the only “blobs” is the theater. Then this cute couple that looked like out of a magazine sat beside us, the girl had a sushi tray in her hands. I thought – ah that’s how they keep in shape…eating sushi. And here is when things started to get funny, the movie started and the girl opened the tray and ate one, I’m not kidding, one sushi, closed the tray and shoved it under the seats, drank her water and that was it. A woman two seats down saw it and stopped eating her popcorn. Very nonchalantly my husband sneaked his chocolate bar inside my bag.  I didn’t dare get my chocolate out of my purse. I guess that’s the crowd that is ‘Vogue’ readers, the 1-sushi eaters. Don’t get me wrong I love ‘Vogue’ magazines; I think they are awesome but my crowd is more ‘Bonn Appetite’ or ‘Food and Wine’ magazines, people that enjoy a good plate of delicious food. Life is too short to pretend and deny ourselves all this delicious treats. The secret is to enjoy the cake and go run around the block to burn it. At least that’s what I’m trying to do. But for now I have a cake that was a complete surprise how good it tasted. My mother used to bake an amazing carrot cake when I was a kid (that was all she ever baked). So I got her recipe and decided to use beetroot instead, the color was amazing and it turned out delicious.


Beetroot Cake

  • 3 medium beetroot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-tablespoon baking powder

For the Icing 

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup instant hot chocolate mix
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 9×13-baking dish.
  • Place the beetroot, eggs, and oil in a blender or bowl of a food processor. Process until beetroot are finely chopped. Pour the beetroot mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in 2 cups sugar until well blended. Stir in the flour and baking powder; mix until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven until top springs back when lightly touched, about 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the icing by placing the butter, 1-cup sugar, instant hot chocolate drink mix, and milk in a pan. While stirring, heat to almost boiling over medium-high heat until mixture thickens. When the cake is done, remove from the oven and immediately spread the icing evenly over the top.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna June 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Hi Cath, fico contente que gostou, eu adoro a Tamy ela e uma graca. Espero que seus amigos gostem. tenha um otimo final de semana.

Cath June 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Hi Anna!
Conheci seu blog por meio da Tamy, de Brasília. E vira e mexe ela me envia uma receita sua. Guardei essa e… Fiz!
My fingers are still kinda pink and the Cake came out just perfect. The flavour is intersting, as beet is not as ‘discreat’ as the carrots 🙂 I’ll take it to work to share with my colleagues and hear others opinion.

Anna January 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Hi Laura, Thank you, glad you liked it. I’m talking about tennis ball size. If that helps. Good luck. 🙂

Laura January 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Hi, the cake looks really amazing, I want to try it, too, but I have one question: how much is 3 medium sized beetroots? Because they come in different sizes in my country, so I really don’t know what medium size means for you.

M. May 11, 2010 at 7:54 PM

This is really interesting recipe….I’ve never seen anything like it….
I love beets and they are sweet but I would never think of making a beetroot cake… I’m marking this recipe….I will think about doing it 🙂
.-= M.´s last blog ..Design Sponge and Orange Ricotta Breakfast Dumplings recipe =-.

Anna September 4, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Hi julie, loved your blog, tried to write a comment about your corn tart but couldn’t, somehow I couldn’t go to comments section.

Julie September 4, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Brilliant! I’ve been known to grate a beet or two into a carrot cake, but i love this! And the color of the batter – wow!

Anna September 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Thanks Ronelle 🙂

myfrenchkitchen September 3, 2009 at 9:24 AM

what a nice different recipe!

Anna September 2, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Thanks Kristy. 😉

kristy September 2, 2009 at 6:25 AM

This is a nice one! Had never try something with beetroot before. Besides, it’s difficult to get them overhere! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

Anna September 1, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Hi Erica, I know it’s not easy to look like them specially with all this delicious treats around. But we can always try to run another mile.LOL

Anna September 1, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Hi Divina, The chocolate on top make it delicious. What could go wrong with anything covered in chocolate? 😉

Anna September 1, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Thanks Sophie. 🙂

Erica September 1, 2009 at 7:56 AM

I love sushi, but I prefer being around people who loves to eat! Of course I want to look like a vogue reader too 🙂 That cake sounds interesting and your pictures amazing as usual.

Divina September 1, 2009 at 6:25 AM

Such a lovely color. I have tried beetroot and chocolate cake but not beetroot. But it’s a must-try. 🙂

Sophie September 1, 2009 at 6:09 AM

I adore beetroot in a superb cake as this one!! So healthy too!!

Lovely pictures as always!

Anna August 31, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Hi Mary, It was my first and I loved it. And I couldn’t get over the color, I was all – Look, look at this color to my husband and he was a tad Skeptical, he was afraid it would be “beetrooty” (that was his word). But in the end he loved it. 🙂

MaryMoh August 31, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I love sushi & I love carrot cake but I have never heard and tried a beet root cake. But definitely I’m drawn to the healthy ingredients & the simplicity of the recipe. I have to give a try. Thanks for the recipe.

Anna August 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Hi Lori, I know…. 1 sushi is a joke right? About the beetroot taste I couldn’t taste it it was really delicious, can you imagine how many blocks I have to run now? 😉

Lori August 31, 2009 at 12:35 PM

One piece of sushi! Good grief. I have to say if looking like that means I can only have one piece of sushi at a sitting. No thanks! 🙂

I’ve been intrigued by the beet cakes I’ve seen lately. It looks so good, but I’m so afraid I’ll get a faint taste of the actual beet which I’m not a big fan of. Yours looks beautiful though!

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