My chocolate-cake brings all the boys to the yard.

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Girls too, but this shiz has beets in it!! Don’t be afraid. The beets just make the cake super moist (sorry to those of you who hate that word).

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Unfortunately, I rarely make cake, and I really don’t know why. I LOVE it, decorating doesn’t freak me out, and I don’t mind baking things that take a long time sooooo it was definitely time to shove a giant plant of chocolate goodness in my mouth.

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Instead of making this a layer cake, I decided to just pour all of the batter into a deep 9-inch round cake pan and throw a ton of chocolate buttercream on top.

Chocolate buttercream is straight up magical.

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

With the changing leaves and fall vegetable harvest I thought it would be fun to bake something sweet with some fresh beets from the garden.

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Serve this with a tall glass of almond milk (or regular milk if you dig that) and enjoy!

Beet Chocolate Cake // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! I’m extending my weekend by going to Montreal tonight for a concert. WOO HOO! xo

Chocolate Beet Cake

Serving Size: 8-12


    Chocolate Cake:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups beet puree (comes from 2-3 large beets)
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup whipping cream room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To make the beet puree, boil the beets in a medium pot filled with simmering water. When the beets are fork tender drain them and let them sit until cool enough to handle. Peel the skin off and trim the top off of them. Chop the beets into large pieces and throw them in the food processor. Pulse the beets until they are a smooth puree. Set the puree aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the eggs and beat to combine.
  4. Add the beets and combine well. It will look like the batter has curdled, but it is fine!
  5. In a separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices and sift them all together.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture to the batter, and then half of the milk. Combine completely and then add the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk. Mix the batter until it is completely combined.
  7. Prepare one deep 9" round cake pan with baking spray. Add the batter to the pan.
  8. Bake the cake for about one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack completely. Once cooled, place the cake on a cake stand or serving plate.
  10. For the buttercream, beat all of the frosting ingredients together, whipping them until fluffy and uniform.
  11. Ice the cake by adding frosting the top and the sides evenly and completely. I added a few sprinkles on top to make it pretty.
  12. Slice, serve, and enjoy!


-Recipe adapted from Heather Christo

-Alternatively, you could prepare this cake with two 9” round cake pans. All you need to do is prepare two pans with baking spray and divide the batter evenly into both pans for step 7. Bake for about 30 minutes instead of one hour. When assembling the cake, ice the top and the sides of one cake evenly and completely on a serving plate, then add the second layer adding icing as you go.

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32 Responses to Chocolate Beet Cake

  1. I think you should have said the beets make this cake moist AND delicious!!

    But seriously…sounds great and I love sneaky in something good; win win for sure!

  2. This cake looks so moist and yummy! That thick layer of buttercream is calling out to me for sure. 🙂

  3. Whoa this cake looks straight up magical. Never would have guessed (nor would I have been turned off by it) that there were beets in it. The crumb looks just perfect – plump and moist.

  4. I love how moist the cake looks and of course, if the cake looks as good as this, I would be right there for a huge slice. I recently started making desserts with beet, and surprisingly the taste it not that prominent or visible.

  5. Jaclyn says:

    At our cake tasting for our the wedding they had the most amazing chocolate beet cake. We didn’t go with it since chocolate seemed a little heavy for August in Napa (lemon won out), but I’ve dreamt about it ever since! It was from Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol, CA, they make some fabulous treats. I’m definitely going to try this recipe and see if it can satisfy me since I doubt I’ll be finding myself back in wine country anytime in the near future!

  6. Claire says:

    Funnily enough I was just blogging about needing something to do with the last of my beets from the garden! This looks perfect – I’ve never put them in a cake but I love the idea. Does it keep well?

  7. Sues says:

    OMG this looks luscious! My husband hates beets more than anything, but I want to see if I can get this by him 🙂 Bet I can!!

  8. Ashley says:

    Oh man, this cake does look so moist! And chocolatey! I’ve never seen beets in cake until the last week or two – I’m so intrigued. Have a great weekend!

  9. Perfection, Katrina. I love the idea of using a single pan and the deepness of the entire cake. And your frosting – don’t even get me started. This is a post that took my breath away. Great job!

  10. This looks fabulous. I love the addition of beets. Nutritious dessert? Sign me up!

    I don’t understand why people hate the word moist but it makes it tricky when you’re a food blogger to figure out what other word to use. Seriously, when it comes to baked goods, what else to you say?!

  11. Superb! I’m drooling over it. Seriously. I also love the word moist. The taste of a moist cake… even more!

  12. Aw, this looks amazing!! I’ve never tried beets in my cake, but you made it look so good that I might as well give them a try 😀
    The concert sounds so exciting!! Which band are you seeing? x

  13. Joanne says:

    I’ve always wondered about this beet cake business since I’m super not into beets. But yours just looks gloriously moist! (Not afraid to use that word. At. All.) Have fun at your concert!!

  14. I’m crazy obsessed with beets. This sounds amazing, plus I love tricking everyone into eating my favorite veggies 🙂

  15. We love creative cooking – and making ordinary, everyday recipes different and unique! Great job and great recipe!

  16. I’m in your yard and I’m looking for this cake! Looks amazing!

  17. Monica says:

    Holy snap – does that look good!! There is no other word to describe it but moist! And that frosting – my oh my, that’s good stuff!

  18. Laura says:

    Mmmmm so good! Might have to try this in cupcake form as well!

  19. This looks so good! I bet if you used a little less cocoa powder, the color of the beets would make it work as an all-natural red velvet cake!

  20. Monet says:

    I’ve made one beet cake before and I loved it…so moist and rich. This looks like a real winner too! And yes, you should certainly make cake more often 🙂

  21. Hi Katrina,

    This cake just looks spectacular! I have been thinking about using beets in a cake for a while now. Though I was planning on substituting pumpkin purée for beet purée in my favorite pumpkin cake.

    I will definitely give this one a go though! I’m such a sucker for beets 😉 And your cake looks lovely and moist (no, I don’t have a problem with the word).

    Xoxo, Nila

  22. This cake looks SOOOO good. Just like I think chocolate cake should look. And probably taste. Yummy!

  23. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh man, this cake looks INTENSE! I can tell it had to taste like perfection 🙂 can’t wait to taste this!

  24. Recipes like this are my favorite! Ones with hidden veggies that you really can’t even taste, but they make all the difference. I love it!

  25. wowowoww this is amaaazing!!!!! I love beets in general, and adding it to a dessert makes it 100x cooler. <33 Also, I'm here for the first time but mannn your blog is just awesome and beautiful! Keep up the great work. 😀

  26. this counts as your vegetable right?

  27. When cake looks this good, I don’t care what’s hiding in it!

  28. Woah- I have never heard of baking with beets but I can tell you I HAVE to try it! this cake looks so perfectly rich, and that frosting is beautiful!

  29. Georgia says:

    This is such a masterpiece! Looking amazing… and with beets – I’m sure it is absolutely delicious!

  30. Becky says:

    I love this cake! I do love the combination beet root – chocolate and with the frosting… Wow!
    Best greetings, Becky

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