Baking | Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling … Daring Bakers & Hidden Veggies!

“The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…” Tom Robbins

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling

A Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling seemed the best way to hide my gardens bumper crop of this earthy red vegetable. Veggies in my cakes are not new. I’ve made a Chocolate Beetroot Cake in the past, as also Tartines Zucchini & Orange Marmalade Tea Cake, and a Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake. However, the kids have grown up and are pretty much smarter now. They instantly pick the veggies out. More often than never, the poor beet gets the boot.

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling

Ruth from Makey-Cakey was our March 2013 Daring Bakers’ challenge host. She encouraged us all to get experimental in the kitchen and sneak some hidden veggies into our baking, with surprising and delicious results!!

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling Beets in soup didn’t work; the son hated the red even as my heart sang at the colour. Beets in veggie juice was given a thumbs down … “Do you have to Mama?“. Even the roasted beet salad that I love, didn’t work. Beet greens though went down happily in these Lamb & Beet Green Calzones.

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  Getting the veggies down isn’t as much a battle any more actually. The daughter LOVES char-grilled broccoli. Pizzas are made with a mushroom sauce, topped with an abundance of balsamic roasted thinly sliced veggies – bell peppers, onions, zucchini  eggplant. Chicken and mozzarella play saviour! No one ever figures out what lies beneath!

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting Funnily enough, I made an absolutely delicious carrot cake in the first week of March. I hadn’t seen the challenge then. The veggies in that case were also home grown and not hidden in the cake. That was the best carrot cake we’ve ever eaten!

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  6 Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  Obviously I was in sixes and sevens as I bravely made a beetroot cake. The Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake wasn’t easy to ‘declare‘ and in many ways the fear was within me. I kept thinking of ways to make something good better!

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  The cake baked nicely in just under an hour. I contemplated filling and frosting, tossing peanut butter and chocolate in my head. Peanut butter frosting was new to me, but one suggested in the recipe. Chocolate ganache was safe, simple and always welcome.

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  I settled for both. Peanut butter frosting to sandwich the cake, and dark chocolate ganache for the top. It felt safe. I left a single slice for the lad, muttering that I made something in a hurry and he could have it if he wished. Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  Came back to find both the slices on my cake platter which I had just set up for photographs gone! Crumbs!! He announced, “It was really good Mama. Was that peanut butter inside? Really nice cake!

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling  Day 2:Is there any cake left Mama. Oh yum! It’s really nice you know. I never thought a peanut butter frosting would taste so nice”! Of course I contemplated {read forever} if I should let the beet cat out of the bag. Nah!! Decided against it. What they don’t know can’t hurt them, but the cake is going to be on the table often!

Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Peanut Butter Filling

Do stop by here and check out some novel ways of hiding veggies in your baking the Daring Baker way! Thank you Ruth for the really novel challenge. Thank you as always Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of  Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Well done! That cake looks and sounds absolutely fabulous. Mmmhhh, peanut butter filling…



  2. This is just beautiful Deeba!! I have seen a lot of chocolate-beetroot recipes.. but have been hesitant.. but seeing your recipe.. am really tempted to give it a go!!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful beetroot cake, Deeba! I could dig in right now!
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  4. Cake looks so beautiful, decoration is so elegant. I love peanut butter filling
    What’s for dessert?´s last blog post ..Daring Bakers March 2013 – Hidden veggies challengeMy Profile

  5. Looks Delicious Deeba!! A visual treat for the eyes!!
    Mukta´s last blog post ..Fresh Strawberry Yogurt CakeMy Profile

  6. awesome!!! and the pics are very beautiful

  7. Srimathi says:

    WOW! looks so good. Would love a slice.

  8. Lovely lovely lovely. I hope the beets aren’t out of the bag now

  9. You’re a genius!
    I’m doing this because there’s no other way I’ll ever get Daisy to eat beets.
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  10. Wow. This looks so decadent! All that peanut butter frosting and ganache, no wonder your son loved it! I’m a little jealous of your beautiful homegrown beets and carrots, too!
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  11. Beautiful photos and lovely writing – and a fantastic cake too by the sound of it! The peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache combination sounds truly decadent!
    Thanks for taking part this month :-)
    Makey-Cakey´s last blog post ..The Daring Bakers’ March 2013 Challenge – Hidden VeggiesMy Profile

  12. I love your beautiful photos! And your recipes sounds really great!
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  13. Gorgeous cake! I have made a beet cake before, and its such a fun way to use vegetables!
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  14. Oh wow!!! It looks awesome! Beautiful photos too!
    Marjorie (Sugar for the Brain)´s last blog post ..DB March 2013: Turtle Zucchini BrowniesMy Profile

  15. YUM. That looks awesome, and it sounds like it totally did the trick of getting a good serving of veg into the little guy!! Great job!
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  16. Absolutely lovely and amazing dear Deeba, always love your photos, Happy Easter!!
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  17. That cake looks amazing! Beautiful, chocolatey, and delicious! Nice job on the challenge.
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  18. Looks fantastic! Beautiful cake and awesome photos! Thanks for sharing recipe too. Have a nice Easter!


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