I have never had red velvet cake. I have never had anything that was red velvet flavored. It never really got me all the excited. Maybe Steel Magnolias armadillo cake ruined it for me... Either way I wanted to make some thing really valentinesy for all of you so I figured I would give it a shot! I am not really a big desserts/sweets person, unless it is froyo or chocolate sunflower almond butter! I am also not the best baker ever. I need freedom when I cook to do whatever I want and baking is fussy. I make some killer cake cookies so why not make them red velvet? So what makes red velvet red? I did a little research and most recipes use red food dye! Yuck. Beets are way better for you. Lets try that!
- cake mix, I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla
- 1/2 cup of beet puree (recipe below)
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp coca powder
Ingredients: for beet puree
- 2 small beets (cooked 3 cause the oven was on and they are pretty tasty!) Cut the greens off asap, they will drain the root. They can be cooked as any green or put in a smoothie.
- 2 to 4 tbsp water
- pie pan or something small to bake the beets in
- blender or food processor for beets
- cookie sheet
- large bowl
- stirring spatula
- zippy bag for getting batter on to the cookie sheet
- wire rack
- Heat oven to 375.
- Place beets in pie pan
- Bake for about an hour, check with a knife or fork. If they are easily pierced they are done
- Now wait for them to COOL DOWN. Hot items in a blender is a very very bad plan. It will end up exploding everywhere and BEETS STAIN! You have been warned...
- Blend with water. If it sticks to the side use a spatula to push down sides. It will be very thick.
- Heat oven to 375.
- Mix dry ingredients till well incorporated.
- Add wet ingredients. Again be careful with the beet puree!
- Mix well.
- Pour/scoop batter into a zippy to make it easy to get on the pan. Cut a hole in one corner of the zippy.
- Squirt 2 inch diameter cookies.
- Bake for 10 mins, check at 8.
- When toothpick comes out clean they are done. Let cool on a wire rack
I love them! They taste a little earthy.