Secret Beet Cake

  •  2 cups beets (cooked, peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar (or 1 tsp powdered stevia)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups freshly ground soft-wheat flour (or 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Puree beets and applesauce in blender until smooth. Set aside. 
Combine sugar, oil, yogurt, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer 2 minutes.  Add cocoa, vanilla, and pureed beet mixture, and beat another minute and a half.  Combine flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon, and gradually sift into the batter, mixing only until blended.  Gently stir in chocolate chips. 
 
Pour into greased 9×13″ baking pan, 2 8″ round cake pans, or a bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350 until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
 

 

This is a very moist, slightly chocolatey cake, and is delicious plain, frosted, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or served with applesauce.  They’ll never know the secret ingredient of beets unless you tell.

 
 

 

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