Starving and samples is a dangerous combo when you’re shopping at Costco. I’ve seen the pickled beets before but didn’t want to commit to such a large amount if I didn’t love them. Well, lucky for me, last time I was shopping at Costco they were available as a sample. Lets just say they ended up coming home with me.
Being as hindsight is always 20/20 I wouldn’t have bought them because of the amount of added sugar in them. So what better way to use them up than to add them into a chocolate cake? Might as well as go into a complete sugar coma.
A friend gave me the idea to use them in a chocolate cake and a quick Google search produced many recipes, who knew it was really a thing? This is the recipe I chose to follow.
Beet Chocolate Cake – www.geniuskitchen.com
One of the first things I noticed was that it said DO NOT use pickled beets, well rules are meant to be broken, right? 🙂 I got right down to business and pureed those suckers up.
It was a very easy cake to make, yet I was still skeptical as to how it would taste. Here’s all the pretty colors (aka beets, melted chocolate and the egg/oil/sugar mixture) getting mixed together.
One of the user reviews suggested adding in 1 teaspoon of Whiskey, to bring out the chocolate flavor. So of course I had to follow her advice. After it was done baking and cooling, I dusted it with powdered sugar. It was unbelievably good, super moist with no hint of beets at all!
I usually prefer cooking to baking, but one of the benefits of baking is getting to share it with others. Here I am heading out to deliver it to a friend.
It was a hit at her house too. Leaving unattended chocolate cake on a kitchen counter with two teenage boys in her house left her with half of a piece of the four I brought over.