It’s a total pain in the ass to make this chocolate beet cake. Let me just say that first.
But if it’s Valentine’s Day and you happen to be in love with a chef, then maybe you’ll want to make the effort. I did. I could always bake better than I could cook, although that’s hardly saying anything. Maybe I wanted to show off just a little.
Anyway. The beet cake. Delicious and healthy and of course from Joy the Baker, it it pretty involved and it will wreck your kitchen and take half the day. But what’s all that when you’re in love?
Beets are so yummy. And so healthy too. And they make you pee red. How can they not add value to a chocolate cake?
But first you have to roast your beets. This will take one hour. Then they have to cool. Then you have to grate them. It’s a messy job, much like love.
In the meantime, you’ll prepare your cake.
It’s the usual stuff. Butter, sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, eggs. Just go ahead and read Joy’s recipe.
Look. I had a heart-shaped cake pan I bought years earlier. I’ve never baked a heart-shaped cake for anybody. How twee would that be? Barfo. And I didn’t think I’d even ever meet a heart-shape cake worthy guy.
But, you know. Hope springs eternal and all that rot.
But then I met this man, almost exactly a year ago today, and he’s so honest and real and kind and funny…such a mensch (and SUCH a good kisser!)…this man with salt and pepper curls and grey eyes, who loves children and dogs and movies and food. A good man. And he loves me so. A man like this deserves a cake.
So I do the best I can. I hope he likes it. I think he probably will.
This time last year I was getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Things are definitely looking up.
Try this cake on your love today. It’s definitely worth the effort.