It's a beautiful pink, isn't it? But there is no artificial food coloring in this recipe. This nice shade of pink was obtained from beetroot that had been cooked and mashed. A tidbit was enough! I cooked a small beetroot for coloring the frosting and found out that I could've colored a ton of it! 

On the other hand, the cake dough that was made with raw beetroot, was bright red only before baking. After baking only the crust was red. On the inside, the cake had a caramel color. I wish it had turned out pink, but it didn't. I liked it anyway. It was delicious and still very beautiful.


1 beetroot of about 250g
3 eggs
1/2 cup sunflower seed oil (or corn oil or canola oil)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder 
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 180°C.
Grease a medium baking pan and sprinkle some flour in it. Or line it with parchment paper.
Peel the raw beetroot, dice it and blend well with the eggs, oil and sugars.
In a bowl, whisk the flours and the beetroot mixture until uniform.
Stir in the baking powder.

Pour dough in the prepared pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until testing with a skewer, it comes out clean.

Turn the cake over a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.


150g cream cheese at room temperature
60 g butter at room temperatre
60 g sugar (about 5 tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 slice of a previously cooked beetroot

Mash the beetroot and pass it through a seive.
Beat butter and sugar until soft.
Add cream cheese and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add the beetroot puree until you get the desired pink. I used about 2 tsp. 


  1. This looks gorgeous! I recently made a chocolate beetroot cake, but I am still playing with the recipe, as I wasn't entirely happy with it. I am so glad that you have joined the Daring Cooks! It's a smaller group, and it will be lovely to have your presence on the forum.

  2. Hi Renata, this cake looks fantastic! I would definitely have more than a slice. Thanks for commenting on my beetroot bread. It made me realise a mistake in my recipe and I have revised it - use cooked beetroot instead of raw in the dough to keep the pink colour after the bread is baked :-)

    See you on Daring Bakers!

  3. Do you cook the beetroot? Or is it cook?

  4. Anonymous - For the cake dough I used raw beetroot, for the frosting I cooked the beetroot with its skin until tender, let it cool, then peeled and mashed it.

  5. Hi, does adding the beetroot flavour show in the frosting? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mrs. Ergul, the frosting requires only a tiny amount of beetroot, so the flavor does not show. Vanilla will be predominant. Thanks for stopping by.


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