It seems I have developed a particular fondness for beets this fall after making orange and beet soup a few weeks back. Since then, beets have been a regular feature in my fridge. This is sure to please my friend Mike, who has been asking me to make borscht for a long time now. I've just recently come across the perfect recipe and I will be presenting a creamy beet borscht soon. Expect a dinner invite, Mike!
I was originally going to make another beet soup with the latest batch, until I came across this unusual recipe for beetroot cake. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after a few bites of this almost savory tasting spongy cake, I was hooked, as were my guests. I can honestly say that this was one of the most pleasurable cake eating experiences I have ever had. Honey is used as a sweetener rather than sugar, so it's not too sweet, instead relying on the flavor provided by the beets and spices. The addition of cornmeal also gives the cake a slight crunch. The middle of the cake is almost pudding like, while the edges of the cake have a more traditionally cakey texture. It was unanimously agreed that it should be enjoyed from the inside out.
You can use yellow or red beets for this cake. I choose the red beets because I don't recall ever enjoying a red cake before.
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Baked
Published on October 2, 2007
Beautiful, soft, spongey and just slightly sweet — almost savory — red spiced dessert cake made from red beets