Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flourless Chocolate Beet Cake

I wanted to give my kids a treat today and I found this recipe for a cake made with root vegetables, no kidding. And no kidding, it was delicious. And no kidding, even my husband liked it. And no kidding I think it could even be fancy for a party or something. Okay, I'm done.

Nugget approved.

Flourless Chocolate Beet Cake
From Just Braise

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 egg, separated plus 2 egg whites
pinch of salt
1-1/2 cups grated (cooked) beets plus 2 tablespoons cooking juice
1/4 cup cocoa powder

1) Preheat the oven to 375F. Butter an 8-inch cake pan, line it with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper.
2) In a double boiler set over medium heat, melt the chocolate and butter.
3) With an electric mixer, begin beating egg whites with a pinch of salt and the beet juice. As whites build, add the sugar, egg yolk and zest into the chocolate mixture, stirring to incorporate evenly. Add grated beets to the chocolate and incorporate.
4) Gently fold in the egg whites and cocoa powder until just combined. Pour into the buttered cake pan and bake 25 minutes in the center of the oven.
5) Cake is ready when a toothpick comes out clean on the sides, but slightly wet in the middle. Remove
from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Invert the cake on a plate and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.


  1. How do you make every photo look like it belongs in an art gallery? You really have an artistic eye!

  2. @clambert11

    Ha! Thank you! I do my best with my little point a shoot. I love pictures, I probably should learn photography stuff but I think I have enough hobbies!

  3. I have a recipe for this that I've been meaning to try. Now that I hear it got a two thumbs up, I'm goin' for it.

  4. I have to try this! My sister convinced me to try black bean brownies and I LOVE them (recipe on my blog)! So, I'm definitely looking forward to trying this too. : )

    Thanks for linking up with Fun for kids Friday.
    have a great weekend!

  5. Hi! How long do you beat the egg whites for? Soft peaks or stiff peaks or...? Thanks for this awesome recipe!