The Yoga of Baking

This week’s Yoga of Baking features a chocolate beet cake. Don’t be scared! Look how pretty it is?


I’ve combined beets and chocolate together before in a smoothie. Beets are a divisive food. I happen to like them, but I know some people feel they taste like dirt. This cake does not taste like dirt but it did have a beet-y smell to it. If you are totally beet-adverse, you should probably skip this one.

I’m a pretty confident baker but I was a bit nervous while I worked my way through the recipe. Was I over stirring the chocolate? Did I over whip the eggs? Did I over mix the batter? Baking makes me neurotic sometimes.

All my worries were for nothing, this cake turned out just fine!

This chocolate beet cake is dense, with a rich chocolate/cocoa flavour. It’s topped with creme fraiche and sesame seeds, the recipe called for poppy seeds but I didn’t have any.

The recipe comes from the book Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch (affiliate link).

I have to admit that I haven’t read the book, but I saw the recipe on David Lebovitz’s blog and I trust his judgement.

For the full recipe, click here!

If this beet cake isn’t for you, check out these two other Valentine’s Day cake recipes by Nigel Slater.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, do you have any other plans? Jim Gaffigan makes a case for getting rid of the holiday all together.

You want to see something stupid? Check out these Gender-specific food products.

In totally unrelated news, I posted this photo on Instagram and Dorie Greenspan herself commented! That made my whole week (maybe my whole life).


Have a great week!

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