Profondeur. Depth: listening to French music while allowing things to be as they are. Depth means absorbing words that are seductive, painful, tempting without having to know what they actually mean. It means feeling. Letting rationality take a hike and letting empathy take control; allowing sense of smell to guide. Welcoming the full spectrum of shapes and colors. Embracing the sound of beauty without need for comprehension. Tasting. Feeling deep and rich.
Chocolate beet cake is alluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuring. That’s alluring if you remove some u’s. Appealing, attractive, tempting, interesting, coquettish, glamorous, fascinating, flirtatious, enthralling, charming. All synonyms for a word that begins with a “sek” and ends with a “sē”. And Cheeky. This, dear vixen, is your Valentine’s Day cake; it won the “Biggest Flirt” award in your high school yearbook, so heed my advice – make it for you lovey dovey on Lover’s Day.
Moons ago, I came across the sisters at Natural Sweet Recipes. They use all sorts of alternatives to cane sugar, such as agave, date sugar, powdered honey, maple syrup, etc. in their fun and very approachable recipes. I was immediately drawn to their use of coconut sugar, so when I finally brought a bag home from my local natural food store, I let my obsessive personality loose and went a little coconut sugar crazy.
And it all started with this beet cake. Here’s what I learned about coconut sugar: It is rich in minerals and B Vitamins. B VITAMINS AND MINERSLS! IN YOUR SUGAR! I thought I’d point out that there are vitamins and minerals in coconut sugar. This sugar has been used in South East Asia for thousands of years. Thooooooooooooooooousands, and I’m just now learning about it! That’s a big one up if I ever saw one! It can be used as a 1:1 ratio to replace cane sugar; it is coarse, has a brown tint and has a lovely nutty, slightly salty (some say caramel) flavor.
The other attractive characteristics of the Chocolate Beet Cake is the health benefits of the beets (folate, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, etc) the raw cacao powder (antioxidants galore, sing it!), and almond flour (proTEIN!). The texture is soft and dense, the way a deep and rich cake should be.
I’d hate to do this to you, but….
Hi, I’m Almond Flour Chocolate Beet Cake. I’m Cheeky.
Glooooooory beet thy cake!