June 27, 2008

Iron Chef version of Chocolate Cake

Yesterday Morgan and I made a delicious chocolate cake with a secret ingredient, or Iron Chef ingredient as the kids call it. It turned out so moist and scrumpscious. We had my mom and brother over for dinner last night and we told them there was a secret ingredient in the cake and they spent a good while trying to guess what it was. Some examples of their guesses are: sour cream, mayonnaise, tomato juice, ketchup, prunes, baby food, and applesauce. And applesauce was in there but it wasn't a secret so that didn't count. LOL! After dinner, I told them that we couldn't tell them the secret ingredient until after everyone had taken at least one bite. This is when they did most of their guessing.
Alex finally was allowed to reveal the secret ingredient...beets!! They were shocked. I know, I know, some of you are too.
We had received beets from the farm in our CSA share and I didn't know what to do with them. None of us were keen on eating them which was based on only trying them once and only as pickled beets. But I knew we didn't want them to go to waste. I remember reading somewhere that you could put pureed beets into chocolate cake. I did some online searching and found a recipe that sounded really good and had great reviews. So...printed it and started working on it. We used all the beets and it made a huge cake. I'm going to link directly to the cake recipe as it is NOT my recipe and I want to make sure the lady gets her credit.
Chocolate Cake with Pureed Beets and Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Honestly, you can NOT tell that the beets are in there. The result, IMO, is a cake that is a cross between a red velvet cake and a chocolate cake. It is a mild chocolate flavor and despite the amount of sugar is not overly sweet at all. Try it...it is delicious! Enjoy.


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