Chocolate Beet Cake
- 4 medium beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- Cover beets with 2 inches water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until very tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp paring knife, about 30 minutes. Drain. Puree beets in a food processor until smooth.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, water, oil, vanilla, and 1 1/4 cups beet puree (reserve remaining puree for another use).
- Coat a 9-inch round cake pan (3 inches deep) with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment, and coat with spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Turn out cake from pan, and discard parchment. Let cool completely, right side up.
- Trim top of cake using a serrated knife to create a level surface. Transfer cake, cut side down, to a platter. Pour chocolate glaze* over the top, and let set, about 30 minutes. Garnish with beet chips**.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- Bring heavy cream and corn syrup to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate in a bowl, and let stand for 1 minute. Stir until chocolate melts and mixture is shiny and smooth. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Use immediately.
**Candied Beet Chips
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Slice beets very thinly into rounds, preferably on a mandoline. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Add beets. Reduce heat, and simmer until slightly translucent, about 30 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer beets in a single layer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat. Bake until dry and slightly firm, about 1 hour