Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. What makes this cake especially delicious is using the fresh roasted beets. When you roast the beets they get sweet and caramelized.

To roast the beets I just wash them well, and put them in a covered baking dish. Pop them in the oven on 350 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the beets are really tender. Let them cool for about 20 minutes and then you can actually just wipe the skins off of the beets with a paper towel. It’s my favorite way to prepare beets because it really does elevate the flavor to a new level.

Makes 2 – 8” cakes layers or 2 dozen cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
2 cups Beets (I used fresh roasted beets, but if you use canned be sure to drain the
liquid)
1 cup Buttermilk
1 ¼ cup Sugar
1 ½ sticks unsalted Butter, softened
3 Eggs
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 ¾ cup Flour
¾ cup Cocoa Powder
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease your cake pan(s) or for cupcakes use baking cups.
Puree the beets until smooth (add a little of the buttermilk if you need to).
Add the buttermilk to the smooth beet mixture and set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Cake Batter in heart panAdd the eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg is added.
Add in the vanilla.
Stop the mixer and add in the dry ingredients.
Mix on low while slowly adding the beet/buttermilk mixture.
Combine thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
Pour mixture into your prepared pan(s).
Bake cake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Frost with Cream Cheese Icing (recipe below).

Cream Cheese Frosting

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup Butter
1 8-oz. package of Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp Vanilla
1 lb. Confectioners Sugar

METHOD
Combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla and beat until well blended and creamy.
Add the sugar gradually beating vigorously until smooth.

 

Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

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6 Responses to Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Carla says:

    When I first saw your post for red velvet cake, I thought, “oh no, all of that red dye. How could you?” And then I went to the recipe and the first ingredient was BEETS! YAY! You came through once again. Natural ingredients to make a delicious recipe. I love your stuff!!!

  2. Allly says:

    Now why didn’t I see this before I made my Red Dragon Sweetheart cake!!! I used food coloring and would have much preferred the beets! You’re looks so much more moist, too~~baking at high altitudes (I’m in CO…8k+ feet) is such a challenge!!! Another fabulous post!! xo

  3. Karen says:

    Emily wanted to check out your site today! I happily obliged!:)

    She wanted to search for cookies but we found this instead and I KNEW I could trust you to come through…all natural no dyes!! I have searched and searched for a yummy no dye red velvet recipe! Super excited about this one! We will have to have you over to sample and critique when I make it;)

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