Valentine’s day is a great day to bake some sweet treats for the people you love. This cake is naturally colored with beetroot but doesn’t have its flavor.
When I first got the idea to make a Valentine’s day cake, I wanted to do a red velvet cake. Those deep red cakes seemed perfect for the occasion. But as soon as I started researching recipes, my enthusiasm waned. It turned out that that lovely red color was simply the result of massive amounts of artificial foodcoloring. I didn’t immediately want to give up my idea of a colored cake though. Surely I could make a cake red in a less artificial way?
I did some more research and found that natural dye can definitely add color to your food. But they can’t give you the same vibrant colors their artificial counterparts can. So, I accepted that and started looking for a natural red/pinkish color. The best way to go seemed to be beetroot. Beetroots contain a betalain pigment called betanin. In contrast to some food dyes, betalains are actually supposed to be good for you. Betanin is also known as E162. For people who are scared of eating “E-numbers”, this should probably be some food for thought.
The one big downside of using beetroot, is that it tastes like… beetroot. I actually like the taste of beetroot, but not in a cake. Using beetroot purée also added a lot of moisture, which affected the texture, making the cake very dense. To solve this problem, I decided to dehydrate my purée and turn the beetroot into a powder. Only after I went through the trouble of making beetroot powder, did I discover that you can actually buy it in shops as a health food.
Usually, I’m not much of a cake-decorator. But to turn this cake into a Valentine’s cake, I needed to get creative. So I made some heart-shaped decorations from white chocolate. I also made a handy tutorial video, which you can find above, so you can make them too.
In the end, I managed to create a cake that has a pink hue, a light texture, doesn’t taste like beetroot and has some cute decorations. I’m confident it’ll work great as a Valentine’s day treat.