Sunday, July 29, 2012

A cake with beets???

So I've been getting a LOT of beets from the CSA that we are members of. And ok, so beets are fine but really, I guess I don't have enough experience with them to know what to do with them. So the idea pops into my head, so beets are a root vegetable. Carrots are a root vegetable. I love carrot cake..... hmm beet cake? Was it even possible? So I set out to find out.
So I started down this path thinking, I had better use a simple but tested carrot cake recipe that I know I like. And that is what I did.

Ok so now you know my recipe. So I'm mixing it all up and at the end I get something that looks like this.
So the thought runs through my mind. Umm who the heck is going to eat this? and umm I hope that doesn't stain my mixer blade.
Maybe I can pass this off as a red velvet cake? because I know I'm going to have a hard time selling this to people.

So away I go, pouring into th muffin tins. I fill them most of the way up because I have a feeling it's not going to rise very much.
And 20 mins later, here are the muffins. They don't look quite as scary as the batter, but there is still a little reddish tinge to them (or is it just me because I know there are alot of beets in there). So regardless, muffins are taken out of the pan to cool. At this point, I'm a little scared to try them. Crap, not only did I make a tray of muffins, I also made a little cake. I sooo should have halved the recipe to try this. Too late now!

So here it is in all it's glory. This is the cake version. It doesn't look so scary. I see there are some larger beets chunls, I probably should have done a better job of shreding them. Oh well, so I'm taking the cake to work and I'll keep the muffins.

So I know what you are thinking. A: umm is there a frosting on that? Yes there is.

Frosting Recipe:
1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used cran/pomergranite b/c that is all I had)
1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Whisk until it becomes thick. Put in fridge for 30 mins. Then use.

And B: umm so how does it taste? you took it to work right, sooooo.
Okay, so envision a spicy carrot cake. And that is what I liken the flavor to. Now if you absolutely hate beets, I wouldn't recommend this because 1: you hate beets. You are going to convince yourself that this is gross. I do that with stuff even before trying it if I know I don't like an ingredient. I do not envision you running through the hills all of a sudeen praising the deliciousness that are beets. and 2: umm see #1

Does it taste like beets? Umm I personally think so, but I took it to work and didn't tell anyone what it was and everyone seems to really like it. And no one has even remotely asked me what is in it. So.... I don't think anyone knows there are beets in there. To me though, that is all I can taste. But that's the difference between knowing the secret ingredient and not knowing it

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