This Beets the Cake!

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Melissa Johnson

By
@genealogymama

I hate beets but my kids love them. I am anemic so I'm always trying to add iron to my diet. I found this recipe and I changed a few things to improve it. The result? It's fantastic! The beets taste like Cranberries! This cake became wildly popular with our Senior Citizens at the center. And besides, I love to ask someone if they can guess whats in the cake and the look on their face when I tell them the secret ingredient is Beets - it's priceless!!!!

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Ok, I'll admit it: I did not tell my husband anything about the cake before serving it to him and asking for an opinion. His reaction? Tastes like cranberries! Melissa is so right - this is one delicious cake! We all liked the combination of flavors in this cake... Serve it with a wink and a nod. The beets can be our little secret. ;-) Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★☆ 26 votes

Comments:
Serves:
12-14
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 jar(s)
    (approx. 14oz) beets, undrained (Sweet & Sour Harvard Beets)
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 c
    sugar
  • 2
    eggs
  • 2 1/4 c
    self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/4 c
    applesauce, unsweetened
  • NOTES: REGULAR BEETS WILL WORK JUST AS WELL.

How to Make This Beets the Cake!

Step-by-Step

  1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy then beat in eggs. Add cinnamon and nutmeg then applesauce and mix well. Add in the flour, a little at a time on low speed till well mixed.
  2. Puree the beets in a food processor or blender until smooth (or heat in the microwave till soft and mash them with a potato masher or use a standard mixer to beat them). Mix beets into batter till well blended.
  3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 13 x 9 pan or bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tests done.
  4. If you use a 13 x 9 pan, you can lightly ice the cake with store bought cream cheese frosting (just a glaze tastes best). If using a bundt pan you can glaze it or just sprinkle powdered sugar over it. Either way is yummy!

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About This Beets the Cake!

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American



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