This Chocolate Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is THE best “surprise cake” you’ll ever dish up. Nobody will ever guess your secret ingredient. Beets provide fabulous moistness and a healthy dose of nutrients in this deep, dark chocolate cake. The cream cheese frosting is spoon-lickin’ great.
I’m about to share something very special. I’m giving away my secrets for The Dessert from our Gourmet Club dinner last weekend.
Because Gourmet Club dinners are the only time we put on our fancy-schmancy foodie hats, you know it’s gonna be awesome. We’ve been doing this thing with a group of great friends for 7 years now; we’d love to make it happen more than once a quarter, but life and kiddos and yadda yadda…
Let’s get right to The Dessert, yeah? I was super jazzed that it was my turn to be boss of the last course.
Dessert is my jam, since my sweet tooth is the size of a colossus. How I wish it weren’t so. But where I go, my sweet tooth follows…
My wise friend pitched out a Farm Fresh theme for our group dinner. Cue the farmers’ markets and all their locally grown produce. (Why are farmer’s market veggies quadruple the size of store veggies??) Totally fun and legit idea for late-summer entertaining.
In my head, I envisioned forging some sort of berry galette with farm fresh berries for the grand finale dessert.
But. Did you know there are zero berries by mid-August in the Midwest?
Um, yeah, that ship has sailed for us.
Instead of berries, this ⇑ ⇑ ⇑ is what I kept seeing at all the farmers’ markets.
Tons of big red beets. Plus onions and potatoes and leafy greens. Which is great for the person bringing salad, but slim pickings for me.
So I grabbed a bunch of gorgeous beets and didn’t look back.
After all, if you can’t get a bit adventurous with food at Gourmet Club…well, then.
Even Hubby was hesitant when I said I was doing a Chocolate Beet Cake.
Me: Yes, really.
One bite of this stunning chocolate beet cake is all it takes to quell any doubts, Friends. It does not taste beet-y. The beets simply give the cake a delicious moistness. The cream cheese frosting is fabulous and gets its color from beets only. (The frosting doesn’t taste beet-y either.)
Hubby ate more than his share of Chocolate Beet Cake. Oh snap, we all did. This cake is that good.
None of our friends could guess the Secret Ingredient in this luscious, deep, dark chocolate cake. Even with bits of beet in the frosting and me dropping all sorts of hints…people were stumped. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Clearly, I got a huge kick I got out of that.
BTW, even the kiddos went crazy for this tender chocolate cake. They quickly devoured their pieces and begged for more.
Did they care that they watched me toss a bunch of beets into that chocolate cake? No. No, they did not.
This cake is that good. Yes, really.Print
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Joy the Baker
Here are a few of our all-time fave chocolate cakes… moist, tender, deliciousness guaranteed 🙂
1. Chocolate Cognac Bundt Cake. Anytime you want an impressive, gourmet touch, while keeping the recipe easy.
2. Easy Kahlua Chocolate Cake. Super easy; perfect for emergency chocolate cake needs!
3. Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake. For those special occasions when you want to make your chocolate-lover smile big!
4. Flourless Chocolate Cake. Make it GF and totally delish.
5. One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake. So easy and tasty. Nobody knows it’s vegan.