"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Valentine’s Day Effort: Chocolate Beet Cake

by Julie on February 13, 2014

in Minor Miracles, Sweet!

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?

Mi corazon

Mi corazon

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.

Did I mention it will wreck your kitchen?

Did I mention it will wreck your kitchen?

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.

My heart was like this...

My heart was like this…

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.

chocolate beet cake

now it’s more like this…

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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce February 14, 2014 at 7:43 am

That’s really awesome. He’s a lucky guy!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Congrats on finding a heart cake-worthy guy, AND on making the actual cake!


alice February 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm



Laura Zinn Fromm February 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Julie, so glad you are in love! I love beets and chocolate and just printed out that beet chocolate recipe so thank you for giving me something new to love!


Julie February 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

You’re welcome, LAURA! The cake is delicious! You’ll love it. And thanks!


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